Queer Oslo, Norway – Gay Star News

Author: , July 26th, 2018

Queer Oslo, Norway - Gay Star News

Walking like a geisha through queer Oslo’s sleet-laden streets, I curse my lack of layers. I wanted to explore the area around my hostel; five minutes later, my teeth are clattering too much to continue. And I’m not the only one. This sort-of-pint-sized capital (population: 545,000) gets even sleepier of a February evening, when people hunker down early for the night.

I pass a quiet, cozy bar; the lure of an open fire proves too tempting. I step inside, and I’m not in Oslo anymore. Rather, I’m Alice in Emerald-Isle-Wonderland.

Never did I expect my first beverage in the city to be an Australian beer in an Irish pub. Then again, I’ve eaten Italian food in Bangkok, and Chinese food across America, and we’re living in an increasingly globalized world, right? Well, ultimately, I do live to regret my decision, when the time comes to settle up.

‘That’ll be €14 please,’ says the local bartender, recognizing me as a British tourist, nonplussed by the look of sheer horror on my face.

Yep, I’m definitely in Oslo after all.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Oslo, Norway

Author: , November 25th, 2015

Oslo-Opera-House - Passport

I’ve always loved Oslo. How can you not, with its romantic setting right on Oslofjord, its sweet people, and its fascinating seafaring history? Now, however, it’s developing an overlay of chic, an urban buzz that’s exciting to see. It’s not quite at major metropolis status yet (it is, after all, just over half a million people), but the moderni- ty that’s set in is gratifying for an Oslophile. It’s always been pleasant. Now it’s hip and pleasant. What could be better?

When you arrive at the airport, the best option for getting into the city is Flytorget. This high-speed train gets you to the central railway station in half the time and is much cheaper than a cab, which can push $100. Flytor- get trains are comfy, fast, run all the time, and whisk you into the city seamlessly. Take a taxi to your hotel from the Central Station (Oslo S) if you want, but let Flytorget get you into town.

With Oslo’s great public transport (metro, trams, and buses), it’s a breeze to get around, even though most of it is very walkable. Definitely invest in an Oslo Pass, which provides free entrance to most museums and unlimit- ed rides on public transport. Best of all: you don’t have to deal with buying transport tickets, just hop on, since you’re covered by your pass. You can even download the pass onto your phone before you leave, and you’ll prob- ably end up saving money, depending on how many museums you visit. Even if you don’t, the convenience alone is worth the price.

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport

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Breakaway Backpacker – Oslo in Black and White

Author: , September 10th, 2015

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I never really had plans to visit Oslo at least not now because I knew it wasn’t cheap, but was already in Stockholm and had a friend in Oslo. I had met her during a Street Art Tour in Buenos Aires & she offered to open her home and give me a place to sleep. So I thought why not I’d have a place to sleep and see a good friend so I went!!!

Even before arriving in Oslo I was already in a black and white mood. It was a transportation day and my first actual day being alone since arriving in Europe and as usual felt a million emotions. See transportation days always seem to be when my mind runs a million miles per hour and my thoughts catch up to me as I get lost in a gaze starring out the window. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like them. I had a fabulous time during Stockholm Gay Pride and exploring Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan, but for some reason on my way to Oslo… just couldn’t get a few things out of my head. I don’t think I need to explain what because by now I think most of you know what I am dealing with inside… anyway my feelings changed as soon as I arrived in Oslo, but I was still seeing in black and white.

I arrived after a 6 hour train ride and realized it was dark, gray and a bit chilly outside. I also immediately noticed people wearing black and just a lot of black in general everywhere. I arrived at the right metro stop and my friend was waiting for me. I was so excited to see her.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakway Backpacker | Norway Gay Travel Resources

Oslo, Norway on a Budget

Author: , January 23rd, 2014

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Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world for Americans to visit. But it has almost nothing to do with the currency conversation rate. Currenly $1 USD translates into approximately 6 Norwegian krones, which sounds positive, but consider that a single beer will run you about 60 or 70 krones. Yikes. There’s no getting around the price of a meal in most cases, but we found a few ways to save cash in this spendy destination.

Get Your Tax Back: Even though it is not widely advertised, Americans can shop tax-free at many stores in Oslo. A participating shop will have a tax-free logo displayed in its window, so keep an eye out. And even if there’s no sticker, it’s worth asking at checkout.

When you make your purchase, ask for a “tax free cheque” and hang on to it. To get your money back, find a refund checkpoint when exiting the country at the airport or cruise terminal and present the cheque. Tax is factored into the sticker price in Norway and not added in at the end like in the States, so it will feel like you shopped at a discount. And it’s a pretty steep discount: for retail shopping, taxes make up 25 percent of the sticker price!

Authored By Will McGough – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Oslo Will Win You Over

Author: , February 16th, 2012

Oslo, NorwayWith outstanding cultural attractions, an exciting culinary scene, inspiring nature, and warm, welcoming people, Oslo will win you over soon after you arrive.

The vibrant capital city of Norway is home to 600,000, and a place where LGBT people are an integral part of life. “We have come very far when it comes to rights for LGBT people,” says Bard Nylund, the President of the Norwegian LGBT Association. “This means that we can feel comfortable anywhere in the city. Because we are a small capital in an international context, it also means that people walk everywhere, and nearly [everywhere] the LGBT community is visible. There is also no problem showing love in public. Over 70% of the Norwegian population agrees with same-sex marriage, which has been legal since 2008.”

After arriving in the city on the new Flytoget Airport Express train, I was early for my hotel check in, so I grabbed a coffee and sat down in a little park near the National Theater by a statue of Norwegian actress, and de facto gay icon, Wenche Foss. It was early in the day, as Scandinavia Airlines’ new direct route from New York to Oslo had me touch down a little after 8 A.M.

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