It Was A Bright, Cold Day In April, And The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen…

Atypical Neurotic writes:


About Atypical Neurotic

An Illinois-born refugee from academia who in late middle-age finds himself a civil servant in Norway. An unashamed city-dweller, he walks 30 minutes every day to a job where he is not paid to be an economist (lawyer or accountant), only to sound like one.
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4 Responses to It Was A Bright, Cold Day In April, And The Clocks Were Striking Thirteen…

  1. peterike says:

    So is the point how warm it is or how cold it is? And that is indeed a very 1984-ish building.


  2. Atypical Neurotic says:

    Well, it’s actually seasonal for mid-April. There was no point, other than the fact that I’ve always liked that opening line and have been waiting for a chance to use it. And while Oslo City Hall may not be to everyone’s taste, for a modernist building it is by no means cheaply built and has a surprising richness of detail, if you look closely. But then as a University of Illinois alum, I am partial to red brick.


  3. Scott says:

    Heading to Oslo this summer. Can you recommend some must do’s and restaurants? Plan on the following…Viking ship museum, Kon-Tiki museum, Opera house, Vigelandsparken, Comfort Hotel Grand Central, Heddal Stave Church…


    • Atypical Neurotic says:

      If you are going to museums, you will save a lot of money if you have an Oslo Pass, because not only will you have free admission to all the museums you mention (see the list at, but you will be able to ride all public transport in zones 1 and 2 (the city proper, and adjacent suburbs). Eating out is expensive, like everything else, so be warned. My favorite restaurant is Lorry ( on Hegdehaugveien and Parkveien, almost kitty-corner from the palace grounds. Great food (their chocolate mousse cake is the best dessert in town) in a traditional atmosphere and not that expensive. KafĂ© Celsius is another nice and not too expensive eatery ( – Oslo Pass discount). Both Lorry and Celsius have outdoor tables in summer. You will need reservations at both places, for dinner at least, since they are always full. Another place I like is Grefsenkollen (, a better view than Holmenkollen (I think). I have never eaten there, however, so I cannot vouch for the kitchen. Anyway, I hope this information helps. Enjoy your visit!


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