A Norwegian spring has much in common with an unfaithful Don Juan. One day is brilliant; warm and sunny, and then suddenly it is snow everywhere. A few days ago the summer came visiting, and I decided to seize the moment in quite different surroundings than my office.
Standing at the opera and looking east you will see a hillside covered with forest. This is Ekebergskråningen, Oslo’s oldest settlement area. People have been living here since the Stone Age, and today parts of this area are a nature reserve with a huge biological diversity. And it is only 10 minutes away from the city centre.
I went with tram number 18 from Jernbanetorget up to Jomfrubråten, and walked through the forest back to Sjømannskolen. It was beautiful!
The forest floor was covered with anemones, everything else was green and really nothing can beat the fresh smell in a springtime forest.
Besides, the view up there is worth the trip alone.A small digression: have you seen the film Max Manus? Then you will probably recognize this view. He stood up here, looked down at the harbour and planned his sabotage action.
Back at Sjømannskolen, I crossed the road and went up to Ekebergrestauranten . This is a lovely building from 1929, and counted as one of the finest examples of classical functionalism in Norway.
The restaurant it self is considered as one of the better ones in the city. Of course with a matching price level. The view, on the other hand, is totally free.
Today, with snow outside, I am happy for my few sunny hours outside the office. A nice memory to keep me warm until the summer decides to return:)