This Sunday was the annual “tourist in your own city” in Oslo, arranged by Visit Oslo and of course Renny and I were there to participate in the days activities. Everyone coming to the City Hall between 10 and 16 today were given a free OsloPass allowing everyone free admission to all the cities museums as well as free public transportation. There were expected 8000 participants today.
As part of the activities Oslo Guide Bureau set up a Rebus puzzle which led us to different sites throughout the city. You had to solve the puzzle and visit each site to get a clue which showed you were there, like for example what was written in a special book, what was hanging at the site or how many stairs there were in a specific stairway. It was actually quite challenging so I was glad we were three who went together. We found all our posts and delivered the answers and are in for a chance to win tickets to the European Song Contest among other prizes.
The Nobel Peace Center was part of the Puzzle. We had not been here before so it was even something new to us! Of course we checked out the exhibit on the latest peace prize winner, Barack Obama.
We also enjoyed an artwork called the Peace Garden which was dark and colorful with information at each post on Peace winners and people who work for Peace.
When we had finished the puzzle we had just enough time for a little snack before joining a guided walking tour of the city. Here we used the Oslo Guide Service which will be assisting us at OsloBlog gathering, and of course we used the opportunity to make as many tourist services aware of the event as possible. RennyBA has had T-shirts made up for the two of us which include the OsloBlog gathering Logo, and with RennyBAs Terella logo on the back. Here when you see the photos I feel its important to remind you that we are looking for a little publicity, but it is a non-profit event. All costs and fees are for the services we receive. However the T shirts are a good way to get attention and increase interest in the Blog Gathering.
On the walking tour we passed though a historical section of town. Here you see an overview of the waterfront taken fromt the grounds of Akeshurs Fortress.
The entire arrangement today was also free, and designed to encourage the people of Oslo to get to know their city a little better. Oslo is a very compact city and has a lot to offer. In fact although we could use public transportation the whole day, we in fact spent the entire day on foot. The center is relatively small and can be crossed in about 15 minutes. Just imagine how much you could cover in 3 days. I am sure we can fill them up. Remember to stop by RennyBA’s Terella to see his post from the day as well!