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My 5 Top Tips for Visiting Oslo

1. Use public transport. It is cheap, clean and reliable. You can buy a 24 hour ticket which allows you to use all methods; trams, underground, busses and ferries. Note: the ferries only run from April to September much to my disappointment. 2. Work out what you would like to do during your visit as it may be worthwhile investing in an Oslo Pass for your stay which includes use of public transport. 3. Be prepared for the expense of food/drink but know that there are lots of free things to do in and around the city too. 4. If you’re flying to/from Rygge airport hop on the coach instead… Read More My 5 Top Tips for Visiting Oslo

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Viking Ships, sweet treats and trams

Having learnt our lesson the day before about sleepy Oslo we didn’t leave our hotel quite so early on our second day. We were going to go and visit the Viking Ship Museum which was on one of the islands. You can take either a ferry or a bus to get there but as I was struggling to find any information about the ferry times we decided to take the latter. It was fun seeing some places that’d we’d already visited the previous day as well and some new sights as well. When we hit the island it was a lot less urban and a lot more countryide-ish than the… Read More Viking Ships, sweet treats and trams

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Sloping Ceilings, Statues and Snow

My friend Tony had flown out to Oslo to spend a couple days in the city with me as he hadn’t been to Norway before either. He’s a bit of an early riser so we had an alarm set for 7:30 in the morning. It should have felt like 1:30am New York time to me but thanks to my time spent relaxing at the Yotel in Heathrow my body clock wasn’t struggling too much. I find it’s always better just to get up and get on with it in these kind of situations anyway. It was a bit drizzly outside but after the freezing temperatures of New York it actually… Read More Sloping Ceilings, Statues and Snow

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Review: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station

I was slightly dubious about staying at the Comfort Hotel Xpress because it was ridiculously cheap for Oslo. We paid just over £50 per night for a twin room which by Norway standards is an amazing price. The location of this hotel is quite simply phenomenal. You exit the station, cross the road and it’s just there on your left hand side. The reception area is warm and welcoming with comfy sofas and iPads that allow you to check yourself in. Sadly these weren’t working when we arrived but I think it’s a nifty little feature to have, Our room was on the second floor and as soon as I… Read More Review: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station

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My 8 Top Tips for Visiting New York City

1. Research the museums you want to visit beforehand. Many have free or pay what you wish days/nights which can save you money. 2. Don’t forget to tip! Tipping is very much expected in America and 15-20% is customary. 3. Check out the TKTS booth (under the red steps in Times Square). One of the best things to do in NYC is see a show on Broadway, TKTS offer the best value for money for shows booked on the same day as the performance. 4. Take the Staten Island Ferry for a free magnificent view of the city in all of its glory. 5. Visit Central Park or walk The… Read More My 8 Top Tips for Visiting New York City

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Curious tea and a small shopping spree

My final day in New York and I was definitely feeling like my cold/flu was getting worse but I had arranged to meet up with Cait again. We hadn’t planned on meeting up again but I’d brought her some goodies from the UK which she’d forgotten after we departed on the Friday so brunch was planned so that I could hand over the goodies! We went to the original chapter of Alice’s Teacup. I can’t seem to find any information about this small chain but as I’m sure you can tell from the name the three chapters are small tea houses with an Alice in Wonderland theme to them. I… Read More Curious tea and a small shopping spree

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland (and other stuff)

I woke up on my second morning in NYC sick. My throat was like razor blades and it hurt to talk. Fortunately (but sadly at the same time) my friend Kelli from New Jersey couldn’t make it in to the city to see me that day due to the weather so I didn’t actually need to speak to anyone. After dilly dallying about what to do I decided to check out the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N at the Discovery Centre Times Square anyway even though Kelli couldn’t join me. Despite having eaten some of the leftover cheesecake from Juniors for breakfast I decided that second breakfast was in order and Googled some… Read More Walking in a Winter Wonderland (and other stuff)

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Meeting an old new friend in NYC

As I mentioned at the end of my last post after leaving the 9/11 museum I was off to meet a friend for lunch. When I first booked my trip to NYC I was really excited about finally taking a solo trip somewhere and not having to fit in with someone else’s schedule but then my friend Cait said that she might be in the city at the same time and I was so excited about meeting up with her. I’ve been online friends with Cait for almost six years and despite sometimes being in the same country we’d never actually been able to meet up so this was super… Read More Meeting an old new friend in NYC

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Jetlag, celeb stalking and teardrops

Thanks to my stupidity of falling asleep way too early I was wide awake at 3am. After a couple of hours American television I realised I probably wasn’t going to get any more sleep and I may as well make the most of it by hitting the city early. On my last trip while we drove over the Brooklyn Bridge we didn’t walk it which is kind of an NYC rite of passage so I decided that was exactly what I was going to do. In time for sunrise. In -14°c. Not the smartest plan. I took the subway to Brooklyn then crossed back over to Manhattan. I only saw… Read More Jetlag, celeb stalking and teardrops

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Review: Hudson Hotel

The Hudson lobby has quite possibly the most impressive hotel lobby I have ever seen. You enter the building at ground level via a set of lime green lit escalators and emerge in a veritable forest with a great big chandelier and more of that eerie neon light illuminating the place. There is dark wood everywhere which is a theme throughout the hotel. I was a bit nervous having read some of the reviews of the hotel which bemoan the tiny rooms especially since I was booked into a single but I was pleasantly surprised to see a larger than normal single bed and an inset cupboard that was more… Read More Review: Hudson Hotel