Oslove: A Pretty Neighborhood

It is the middle of March already. Do you feel the spring somehow? Here in Oslo the sun shows its face for the third day in a row, making our greenish faces happy and smiling ๐Ÿ™‚ Feeling the sun on my skin, I can tell that the seasons are changing, the sun got warmer and soon the first signs of spring will come. It is such a joy for me every year: it is like a victory of life over death. When the first buds appear, I know: we have survived again ๐Ÿ™‚

But so far the winter doesn’t want to give up its positions. While the sun tries to melt some snow on the roofs, creating icicles (and threatening our walks), the temps this week fell to -15 at night. Gosh, I have no words for describing how tired I am of this eternal winter. Sometimes it looks like here in the North our seasons are: white and dark winter, light winter, green winter, yellow and rainy winter. All the snow that felt and melted a week ago turned into a blank ice on the streets, and I notice that my feet know so many ways to walk in winter. Heels down first in the mix of snow and salt, fishbone pattern when the snow melts, trying not to slide into the water from the ice on the side, side-side on the black ice. I never knew I could say so much about different quality of snow, ice and road conditions ๐Ÿ™‚ So before the ice is gone from our streets, I don’t breathe out with light heart. It is still early to say that we have survived this winter ๐Ÿ™‚

On the bright side, the Happiness Report is out again. It always comes out in this boring season when everyone is waiting for the spring but the weather still plays winter games. And it looks like the report was made for cheering up the Nordic countries in this weird period. Because, guess what guess who, the first place this time is taken by Finland! Norway was moved to the second place, and the top is still crowded by the Nordic countries. Haha, very funny. Have these researchers ever been here? ๐Ÿ™‚ I have heard a lot about Finland lately, and to be honest, those reports didn’t hint that Finland could win that happiness competition. But it looks they did it anyway, so congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚

Torshov park

While the days are white and sunny, I want to share the photos that were taken some weeks ago – but nothing changed so far ๐Ÿ™‚ On one especially sunny day I went to a neighborhood of Torshov for a photowalk. I didn’t suspect it would be so pretty with its classical lines, creamy facades and some eye candy colors. The signature detail of Torshov is the arches as I’ve noticed many of them, both old and new. Torshov is a quiet residential area, close to the centrum and neighboring on the hipster Grunerlรธkka. It is getting more popular as Norwegians become more urban and want to live in the city. Torshov has also a lovely park, where the stairs were closed because of the snow (they looked more like the sledging hills :)), in the summer it is perfect for picnics, and in the winter you still can get up and sit in the sun or sledge with the kids.

I have never viewed Torshov as something worthy of attention, but this photowalk has totally changed my mind. In the end I was gasping with inspiration, freezing off my fingers and toes and couldn’t stop noticing pretty details. This little hobby of mine, which I have named micro exploring, is turning me into Oslo patriot. Well well, after 11 years in this city it is just the right time for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

And where do you prefer to live? In the suburbs, in the country, in the quiet areas or lively neighborhoods? I am an urban animal, and in Oslo I would not live another place than my hipster Grunerlรธkka. I have lived in the well-off suburbs, in the immigrant-dense central areas and have changed six addresses in this city – and Grunerlรธkka resonates the best with me. But I would not mind Torshov, if I had to be there. Because, well, it is just a short walk away from Grunerlรธkka, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy this walk with me! And may you walk in beauty!

P. S. click on the photo to view it in the gallery.

sunny facade on a sunny day
backyard explorer
perfect match of everything
the park in the end of the street

10 thoughts on “Oslove: A Pretty Neighborhood

  1. The houses look like Helsinki, but not the streets. Your words are like they could be written by me, so familiar all those sentiments! Frozen black snow piles, ice skating pedestrian pavements are what’s going on here. People say it looks like spring coz the sun’s out, but it’s still COLD!

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    • I would say I was curious to come and see Helsinki, but hearing of weather conditions make me reconsider ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
      New style of walk discovered: penguin style and slide-slide on the ice ๐Ÿ˜†

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      • Hahah! Ah yes, the good old penguin style! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Then there’s also the quick slip, which I did yesterday!
        If you feel curious, you could pop over to Helsinki for a coffee ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฐ Now that you’re still so close! But I feel funny saying this after all the sales speaches I’ve given about this place, probably not making it sound that tempting!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • The quick slip is for the young and courageous, yes ๐Ÿ˜†
        Oh yeah, the sales speeches were so good that Helsinki looks more tempting than ever ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† Popping by for coffee sounds tempting though… I will not promise as I plan my coffees for Italy and Croatia this year. But I will not say no bc who knows if the life suddenly brings me to the happy Finnish nation once ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I’m writing in bits because of the babies. So, I was going to say, like you, I couldn’t imagine living in another area of this town than I do. I live in the center near the sea (no beaches though, hahah! Just wind). The central residential areas are nice, but other parts of my town are depressing, full of alcoholics young and old. Drunk in the morning already. I just can’t bear to see them so I stay in my bubble. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • Oh really? That is so sad to know. I cannot say I know such neighborhoods in Oslo. I used to live on a street where the bars opened at 8am, but the people were not drunk so early, just taking a glass or two. The drug addicts are more visible, and they hang out on that one street where my tram is going, so I see them regularly. But I guess, some drug addicts is a constant thing of any big city, no?

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