Stranded in Oslo

Cyprus trip : Day 1

Yup, we got stranded in Oslo on our way to Cyprus  😪 Since there were no direct flights from Stockholm, we booked this Norwegian flight as the next best route. All was hunky dory – we took off from Oslo at the scheduled time and were flying close to an hour. By then my head was lolling from side to side, but an announcement woke me up. We were facing “technical problems” and were turning back to Oslo. Nhhhooo! 😱 It took a while to land as the plane kept circling mid-air waiting for clearance. We passed immigration once more, got our passports stamped again and made our way to the Customer Service desk. Our token said 125 & they were still dealing with nr.88 😰 So we waited and meanwhile took stock of our  situation. We called the hotel & the car hire company in Larnaca to let them know we’re not going to make it. On a positive note, we received a text from Norwegian that our next departure is tomorrow 6:30am, yayie! They put us up at the Comfort Hotel for the night and treated us to a buffet dinner. Of course, we are going to have to make some claims & will be ending up paying some penalties on the car & hotel, but we hope to get a decent compensation from the airline according to E.U. Regulations. Best thing, we will be back on plan tomorrow enjoying the sun in Larnaca’s Nissi Beach 😆 Like the saying goes, all’s well that ends well, and our vacation is just getting started!

Stay tuned for more about our road-trip through Cyprus!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

A tiger strolling in the city square? Yup, that was unexpected! I am talking about the bronze life-size statue of a tiger that has its home in front of Oslo Sentralstasjon, the central station.

The Visit Oslo website tells us that this is the most photographed citizen of Oslo. I quote the website here: ¨When Oslo celebrated 1000-year anniversary in 2000, Eiendomsspar (a leading Norwegian real estate firm) wanted to give the city a gift. Oslo wanted a tiger, and that’s what they got: a 4.5 meter long bronze tiger. The statue, made by Elena Engelsen (a Norwegian sculptor specializing in exotic animals), is one of the first things that meets a tourist arriving at Oslo Central Station. 

Why a Tiger? The reason Oslo wanted a tiger, is the city’s nickname Tigerstaden (“the tiger city”), which most Norwegians are familiar with. The name was probably first used by Norwegian poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. His poem “Sidste Sang” from 1870 describes a fight between a horse and a tiger; the tiger representing the dangerous city and the horse the safe countryside. 

Since then, Oslo has been known as the Tiger City, but these days it is not necessarily meant as a negative thing. The Tiger City can be an exciting and happening place rather than dangerous.¨