Everyone is more friendly than we expected them to be. We love everyone in this group and we have all connected with each other more than we all thought possible.
The architecture of the city blends traditional with modern and constantly captivates the eye. The smells of the city tantalize the nose from the reindeer burger to the smultring (donut). It’s colder than we expected but we’ve all adapted better day to day.
As the biathlon has gone on we’ve seen free artists performing such as Eva and the Heartmaker, Gavin James and many more. This has shown us the culture of many others besides ours and some of us have actually downloaded this music already. Though the weather is cold, spirits are warm. The Norwegian people contrary to stereotypes has been incredibly open and willing to help us all out. The Oslo Opera House is deceptively small and due to government funding tickets are easily affordable making the Norwegian people more cultured than many Americans. We have also seen this evidenced by the beautiful sculpture park we visited earlier this week by sculptor Gustav Vigeland.
We look forward to the next few days and can’t wait to experience more of Norway!