Different impressions … on one hand I saw the soldiers in the morning with THESE guns (you have to know that I am Tyrolean and our soldiers called: Schützen (shitzen — if you spell it) — fought against Napoleon and when they go through the city, they still have their old guns (and the one in South Tyrol have none because the guns are not allowed in Italy).
Therefore I was incredible surprised to see it that way. But on the other hand, the street up to the castle is open and everyone can use the park. The Norwegians still are relaxed and full of trust when you see them. I saw Jacob Zuma — President from South Africa — when he left the castle visiting king Harald. 5 minutes later I saw a black man as a guard doing his job. In contrary to the British guards, the Norwegian moves and also smiles a little bit (very short — but I could see the one looking after the female tourist who wanted a picture with him).
Yesterday was a big event at the university and all were wearing these awe-inspiring robes and I saw the same car like the day before (number: A2), now with King Harald (but I don’t swear, I am not so good in royals). Some tourists were looking but the Norwegians immediately started to walk when he went while the tourist (me) were still looking because there was so little security around. It was Friday afternoon, the sun was shining and they were catching sunbeams and the first breath of the weekend.
Then our famous alpine Ötzi visits Oslo. What a surprise to see famous inhabitants of the mountains there. (And I have to say it here. The Austrian ambassador is from Großpetersdorf — the most important, most famous place of South Burgenland because a friend of mine lives there).
Here are some city impressions!