Postcards from Oslo

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in this look –
Mango earrings, Cuyana sweater, CAMI NYC camisole, Asilio trousers (similar style here & here), Chloé booties, Saint Laurent Paris Betty bag
This post contains all my memories and tips for Oslo, Norway and comfort is suggested for you, the reader, so make yourself a coffee or grab a snack. I’ll wait. Are you ready? Okay, Here we go.

Before starting, I’d like to clarify Norway wasn’t a country within my bucket list to visit anytime soon. While Europe offers a wide range of possibilities for inexpensive journeys that you can make on any weekend, Norway doesn’t meet any of the mentioned. When we got the opportunity to visit Oslo for a few days, we said “why not?”.

Este post contiene todas mis memorias y mis consejos para Oslo, Noruega y se sugiere comodidad por parte del lector, así que prepárate un café o ve por un snack. Yo te espero. ¿Estás listo? Bueno, aquí vamos.

Antes que nada, me gustaría aclarar que Noruega no es un país que tuviese en mi radar para conocer en un futuro cercano. Si bien Europa ofrece muchísimas posibilidades de viajes baratos y que puedes hacer en cualquier fin de semana, Noruega no cumple estas características. Cuando se presentó la oportunidad de que visitásemos Oslo, nos dijimos “y por qué no?”.

 
 

 

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Zara newsboy hat, Mango earrings, Marc Jacobs sweater, Purificación García trousers, Sigerson Morrison booties, Saint Laurent Paris Betty bag

 
 

The first impression I got from Norway is that it’s truly a first-world country; the ticket we bought to transfer from the airport to the center of the city could’ve been pretty much invisible, since no machine or a single person asked for it. Just like in the metro, you buy your traveling tickets but there are no closed doors; the police, your commute partner and the whole city fully trust in you to pay for your own traveling ticket.

Before visiting, I heard Norway is a country that’s very proud of their landscapes and the richness of their environment. They were not wrong, despite the fact the city lives half a year under a unbearable darkness and the other half celebrating days with twenty hours of sunlight, the landscapes interrupt any beauty the city has worked so hard to build on for the past decades; flowers are so common, blue lakes and snowy mountains which name could easily be “that green thing that’s everywhere” emphasises how proud are their citizens of their country’s beauty.

La primera impresión que te deja Noruega es que es un país de primer mundo; el billete que compramos para trasladarnos del aeropuerto al centro de la ciudad bien podría haber sido pintado, ya que ninguna máquina ni una sola persona nos lo solicitó. Igualmente que en el metro, compras tus billetes de viaje pero no hay puertas que se cierren o abran para dejarte pasar; el policía, tu compañero de viaje, la ciudad confía plenamente en que estás pagando tu boleto de transbordo.

Antes de visitar, yo había escuchado que Noruega era un país que se sentía muy orgulloso de sus paisajes y la riqueza de su naturaleza. No se equivocan, y es que a pesar de que la mitad del año viven en oscuridad y la otra mitad celebran días de sol de hasta veinte horas, los paisajes interrumpen cualquier belleza que la ciudad se ha esmerado en construir en solo algunas décadas; flores por doquier, lagos azulados y montañas nevadas que bien podrían llevar como nombre “aquello verde que está por todos lados”, enfatizan el orgullo que tienen los ciudadanos por la belleza de su país.

 

in this photo –
Zara newsboy hat, Mango earrings

 
 

in this look –
Mango earrings, Cuyana sweater, CAMI NYC camisole, Asilio trousers (similar style here & here), Chloé booties, Saint Laurent Paris Betty bag

 
 

Luckily, during our three-day stay, Oslo received us with the best weather we could have ask for, something that Norwegians can’t enjoy for most of the year. However, it’s worth mentioning that their summer isn’t like ours, so I packed a couple of sweaters and a lightweight coat just in case, and I didn’t regret it.

Despite the good weather and the fact it was Saturday night, the city was quite peaceful; no laughters out loud, no bustle, no big groups of people and not a single pinch of insecurity. On weekends, locals like to go out for dinner or a drink in small groups, so if you’re interested in making friends with a local, my advice is going to parks around lunch time and initiate a conversation with someone who’s reading a book, which you can get on any convenience store (no kidding, you can find entire floors of books on the second floor of the equivalent of a 7Eleven). If you’re worried because you don’t know how to speak Norwegian, don’t worry, most Norwegians have the most impeccable, legible and polite english I’ve heard from a country whose official language is not english.

Para nuestra suerte, durante los tres días que estuvimos, Oslo nos recibió con un excelente tiempo soleado que los noruegos no disfrutan todo el año. Sin embargo, cabe mencionar que el equivalente al verano de ellos no es el mismo que el de nosotros, así que empaqué un par de suéteres y un abrigo ligero para las noches, y no me arrepentí.

A pesar del buen tiempo y de que paseábamos por un sábado en la noche, la ciudad es bastante tranquila; sin risotadas, sin bullicio, sin grupos numerosos de personas y sin una pizca de inseguridad. Los fines de semana los locales salen a cenar o por una bebida en grupos pequeños, así que si te interesa hacer amistad con algún local, mi consejo es que vayas a los parques durante la hora de comer e intentes hacer conversación con alguien que se siente a leer un libro, el cual puedes comprar en la tienda de conveniencia de la esquina (no es broma, puedes encontrar una planta entera de libros arriba de lo que sería el equivalente a un 7Eleven). Si te preocupa no saber noruego, tienes la suerte de que todos ellos cuentan con el inglés más impecable, legible y educado que he escuchado de un país cuyo idioma oficial no es el inglés.

 

in this look –
Mango earrings, Cuyana sweater, CAMI NYC camisole, Asilio trousers (similar style here & here), Chloé booties, Saint Laurent Paris Betty bag

 
 

One thing you’ll notice for sure once you start planning a trip to Norway is that the country is pretty expensive. Personally, I didn’t find it that much because Barcelona is quite expensive too, but I do have a few tips in order to travel with a budget:

– Buy the Oslo Pass. This includes museums, rides to the metro, trolleys, buses, boats (yes, boats!) for 24/24/72 hours.

– If you’re ok with skipping restaurants in your trip, I suggest you to eat sandwiches, böreks, salads and traditional foods from the local deli for a fraction of the price.

– Walk! The city isn’t big at all and it’s so safe you can walk it without a problem.

– If you don’t feel like spending on museums, the only one you have to visit is the National Gallery of Oslo. Entrance is about 5 euros and you will find the best of post-impressionism.

– Shopping is also an option, you can find little stores to shop for small home accessories with nordic design you won’t find in your country, and if you’re interested in trendy clothes, Monki is the best choice.

Una cosa que seguro notarás cuando empieces a planear tu viaje a Noruega es que es un país caro. Personalmente, a mí no me lo pareció tanto porque Barcelona es una ciudad bastante cara también, pero mis recomendaciones para ahorrar dinero son:

– Comprar el Oslo Pass que incluye visitas a museos, trayectos en metro, tranvías, buses, barcos (¡sí, barcos!) durante 24/48/72 horas.

– Si puedes vivir sin comer o cenar en restaurantes, te recomiendo comer a base de sandwiches, böreks, ensaladas o comida tradicional que puedes encontrar en autoservicios por una fracción del precio.

– ¡Camina! La ciudad no es muy grande y es tan segura que puedes caminarla de punta a punta sin problema.

– Si no quieres gastar en museos, el único que definitivamente no puedes perderte es la Galería Nacional de Oslo, donde encontrarás lo mejor del post-impresionismo por el equivalente a 5 euros.

– Comprar también se puede. Mi recomendación son los pequeños accesorios del hogar con diseño nórdico que no encontrarás en tu país, y si prefieres la ropa en tendencia, Monki es la mejor opción.

 

Country of vikings and home of some of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve seen in my life, Oslo is a great stop if you’re traveling around the area and you have a couple days to spare and let yourself get astonished of how beautiful, clean and polite an european country can be (and in the process, carrying along to your country some of the good habits you learned from Norwegians).

País de vikingos y hogar de los paisajes más bellos que he visto en mi vida, Oslo es una parada ideal que puedes hacer si viajas por la zona y tienes dos o tres días de sobra para dejarte asombrar de lo bello, limpio y educado que puede ser un país europeo (y en el proceso, llevar a tu país algunos de los buenos hábitos que aprendiste de los noruegos).

 
 
 
 

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  1. what a beautiful post babe, im so fascinated by scandinavia, and norway is the only country up there i am yet to explore, this post made me wanna get over!

  2. Claudia Zamirano Reply

    Impactada 😍

  3. This country is worth exploring! Thanks for your tips! Your outfits are also perfect!
    xoxo
    Anh || ontrend

  4. 20 hours of sunlight or the opposite, cool summers…sounds like the complete opposite of my tropical country! I think you just shone a very bright spotlight right on Oslo – no, not just the city, but Norway, too. It never crossed my mind to visit Norway but seeing this post (and your Instagram) definitely created a string of “maybe-one-day” dreams in my head! Not that I’ll be visiting Europe anytime soon (unfortunately, but how I wishhh though) but, well, who knows…maybe one day, indeed?

    PS: Impeccable outfits as always, Adriana <3 Also I realise now I REALLY need to pay closer attention to the earrings in Mango, the ones you have on here are quirky and just gorgeous.

    • It’s definitely the completely opposite from tropical countries like my Mexico :) but it’s also a extremely beautiful country filled with landscapes and nature you won’t be able to ignore. Life is very different in Europe but I believe you can learn so much about it and its people :) Thank you so much for commenting, babe! Always love reading you. xx

  5. Great post. Norway was unlikely to be planning the next trip, but after your story came the idea of going out there. Maybe we will be going there in the near future.
    You have chosen great styling that was very suited to the climate in Norway. I invite you to Krakow in Poland, it is also very interesting and beautiful city.
    Have a nice day.
    Ela
    http://www.themomentsbyela.pl

  6. I really enjoy your work! The whole post reminds me of a feature in a magazine. You do such a wonderful job with everything :)

    Adrianna xx | http://mimamochi.com/

  7. Absolutely stunning post, the photos and outfits are gorgeous!
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  8. La Bijoux Bella | by mia Reply

    Simply a beautiful comfy look in such a peaceful beautiful environment! Simply fabulous! :)

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