Back in March, through my employer, I was given the opportunity to fly to Oslo, Norway. Having never been before, I was excited to go and see the place where the Head Office is located and where I have booked many people to travel to over the last 11 years. I was to spend a week at the offices there, attending meetings and meeting people I had never had the chance to before.
When I (eventually – thanks to SAS cancelling my direct flight) arrived, I was a little overwhelmed at being in a new place, and not speaking the language, but I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly everyone was. It was an instant feeling of being made welcome. It was a little cold when I arrived, but as we got on the FlyToGet (Airport express train) to head out to Fornebu, I wasn’t in the cold for too long!
On the first night we stayed at the Quality Expo Hotel in Fornebu. The hotel was very clean, very modern and the rooms were very nice. The staff were so friendly and helpful, and nothing was a problem. In the morning, I got to see the beautiful view from the hotel overlooking the fjord. It was a slightly icy walk down to take a closer look, so I didn’t venture too far!
That day we travelled to the office located at Tranby. The Hotel for the next 2 nights was the Scandic Ambassadeur Drammen. At night we went out for Dinner, which meant I was able to see Drammen at night. With the breath-taking, snow covered hills as the back drop and the lit up ski slope in the distance. Drammen was a wash with lights reflecting off the river.
On the last full day, after some work in the office, I was taken on a little tour around Oslo City Centre. I got the see the Royal Palace, the Parliament building, the City Hall and the Nobel Peace Prize Centre. We had a coffee and cake stop along Aker Brygge, which is essentially this massive pier, with restaurants, shops and even flats/apartments. Looking out in to the fjord as you perch, literally, on the edge of the water was amazing, and I’d love to live in one of flats (if I had a spare £400,000 minimum!).
On the last night we checked in to a hotel in Oslo City Centre, and I stayed on the 10th floor, in what I can only describe as a room in the attic. It was massive, with skylights looking out to the city. One of my good friemds now lives and works over in Oslo, so we paid her a visit at her flat, had pizza, chocolate, laughs and a good catch up, oh and final a proper cup of tea too!
The following day, we left the hotel at 6.30am (5.30am UK time), the temperature was already -17, and travelled back to the airport, which got to a baltic -20!!
I managed to get some souvenirs when I passed through the airport, some Norwegian chocolate, a fridge magnet (because I collect them!) and a new little Troll for my desk. My flight was on time, and direct back to Aberdeen, I was so relieved to not have to drag myself and my suitcase around another airport.
All in all in was a great trip. It was great to be invited to Oslo, to finally meet some of the people I have worked with for over 10 years, and actually visit the headquarters of the company. Oslo is a beautiful place, with so many things to see and do, I only wish I had more time to explore, but I can always go back!
Till neste gang Oslo!