Interrail Day 2 - 🎻 The magnificent Operahuset of Oslo 🇳🇴

🎻 Dear HIVE Community 🎻

We are arriving in Oslo. The capital of Norway. If you have any train to catch towards the North, you are pretty likely to pass by this city. For some reason, Oslo has the reputation of being a little bit boring. In my eyes, it's the opposite ... if you're into culture and sports.

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Behind me you can see the wonderful Opera House of Oslo. It is the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. You can find it in the Bjørvika neighborhood of central Oslo - right at the Oslofjord.

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The design of the Opera House was inspired by an iceberg shape, invented by Snøhetta. That's an international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and brand design office based in Oslo, which got the commission for this prestigious building.

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It was almost dark when we got to the Opera house. But actually, ... it's the best moment because you can observe the sunset from the rooftop. You must not even enter the Opera House, you can just walk up on top.

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The wind might freeze your nose, but it's absolutely worth it!

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We stayed until the sun had disappeared and the lights of the city took control over the Oslo atmosphere. Unfortunately, we didn't have any tickets for the Opera or the Ballet that day. I wished I could have seen the building also from the inside. I already found it spectacular from the outside. How would the inside look like!? We will surely travel back there... and grab the chance to see the wonderful ballet corps. It would be a dream to see Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen, composed by Edvard Grieg, who was a Norwegian composer that I deeply admire.

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We hope you enjoyed our little late evening trip to the Opera House in Oslo. For me personally, they are wonderful memories. It was so atmospheric. I find Oslo is one of these cities that completely change their nature and look depending on the time of day or night. The blue turns into iron steal and back. Something that is extremely enjoyable to observe, especially when you have a camera.

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Yours,
Elena & Ale

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You look happy for one carrying what looks like 500kg on her body. Lol.

Haha! Yes, @galenkp ! You're so right. It was super heavy because we had to carry all our camera equipment around with us. After the trip: I was in shape!

Hah, yeah I can imagine you'd be trim and terrific after carrying that lot around! I suppose the alternative, leaving thousands of dollars worth of kit laying about somewhere, isn't much of an alternative!

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Exactly, @galenkp ! Also, it was not an easy project equipment-wise, anyway. Each time we entered a room, the lens of the camera would turn foggy for half an hour - sometimes even more - depending on the intensity of the difference of temperature. I remember one day, when it was -16°C outside, and 30°C inside a barn where people were dancing. We couldn't take any picture of an hour because the lens was unusable. Well, we went for a dance instead. I'm still so surprised that basically all the equipment stayed in tact during the entire trip.

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I've never thought of that complication to be honest but now you mention it I'd imagine it would cause some issues especially if the time-frame you had to do the shooting was short. I have travelled in very humid countries and had that thing happen. In fact I trekked the Kokoda Trail a while back and whilst I got some good photos the camera (a point-and-shoot Nikon) was trashed at the end. It's a very difficult trek though and it took a beating...As did I!

I'm glad your equipment survived and whilst I don't dance myself because I'm really bad at it dancing seems a good way to pass some time when one's camera gear is foggy. 😉

Wow! I just googled the Kokoda Trail. I had never heard about it before. It looks freaking hardcore and it seems incredibly humid. How did you charge your batteries? 🌿😮🌿

Lol, there was no power to charge batteries, I took spares. It's a very remote area and even the village of Kokoda has no power unless one can afford a generator. No running water or sewerage systems either. It was a very difficult trek. Australia caught a major campaign there in World War Two, against the Japanese. It was a hellish battlefield over months a d months...The suffering was intense, as was the loss if life.

Yes, I saw the photos of all the shells now. Petrifying. How come you chose this trek? Was it a personal challenge?

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