Ruter's 4000 holdeplasser: Being tourists in our own city
Whilst out on our first foray into Oslo on the bus last week to attend a book event at Cafe Ugle (more on that in another post), I saw a poster for a new crowd-sourced book that Ruter had put together of 4000 recommended spots in Oslo and Akershus (the area where we live) that could be easily reached by public transport.
I thought it was a really clever concept and it couldn't have come at a better time for us as the Troll is old enough that bussing and tubing places is a relative doddle and, as much as I love it, I was kind of getting a little tired of walking the same trails in the forest near where we live.
We picked up a copy and I went through it, picking out spots best for and closing to nature, or close to cool architecture or art. Whilst the books is a fantastic idea, I'm not sure it was put together with the practicalities in mind: the entries seem to be in random order, and many of them seem to be repeated, admittedly with different things highlighted, several times.
It would have been clever it had been laid out according to geography, or, even more cleverly, according to the different transport routes. Still, it seems a bit churlish to complain about a free book, put together by what is, all told, a company responsible for a fantastically well run and affordable public transport system. (Yes, Norwegians, it is. Try using the buses and trains in the UK, or specifically London if we are making a like-for-like comparison, and then see if you ever feeling like complaining about Ruter ever again.)
On Thursday, we went to Sognsvann, which is probably one of my favourite places in Oslo. It's where I used to go for running club every weekend many, many moons ago when I had time for that sort of thing.
We did two laps of the lake, the first with him gawping at and charming all the other walkers and runners, and the other with him sound asleep, giving me some time to chill and take some snaps.
The obsessive completionist in me wants to tick off all 4000 entries, but that's just mental. I'm not sure how many of these marked entries will end up with a little red heart next to them, but I'm glad that I'll always have an idea of where to go on a day-trip next time we want to get out of the house and explore together.