Oslo, part four: a sunny walk around a castle

March 17, 2014


We spent our first day there walking along the coast from east to west, from the impressive Operahuset to Aker Brygge. We walked calmly while I was busy taking photos of our reflection in the glass of the windows. At the half-way point, we found Akershus festning and we decided to go in and explore a beautiful sea-faced medieval castle and its surroundings. Just there we discovered a frozen pond with hundreds of fallen leaves under the ice. We found it fascinating and we spent a lot of time watching it, so when we left and continued along the way to the quay in front of the city hall, the sun was already hiding in the horizon. Those first days in Oslo passed with a little but continuous sunshine, and it seemed that the sun was always setting. With the first sunset, I realized I had never saw the winter sun ― I mean the true winter of northern climates ― until that moment. You know, that sun that Scandinavian people wait for to come with a lot of patience, that sun that bring smiles and relax and happiness to everybody when it rises. Enjoying this pale and warm sun in the middle of December was quite an event, but then we were not still aware of that.

Dedicamos el primer día a bordear la costa de este a oeste, desde Ópera hasta Aker Brygge. Paseábamos sin prisa mientras yo me entretenía haciendo peculiares retratos a través de las ventanas del camino. A mitad de recorrido nos encontramos con la fortaleza de Akershus y decidimos explorar los alrededores de un bonito castillo medieval con vistas al mar. Allí encontramos un estanque que se había congelado con cientos de hojas secas en su interior y estuvimos observándolo fascinados tanto rato que, cuando nos dirigimos hacia el embarcadero frente al ayuntamiento, el sol ya empezaba a esconderse. Aquellos primeros días pasaron con pocas, pero ininterrumpidas horas de luz solar en las que parecía que siempre estaba atardeciendo. Con el primer ocaso caí en la cuenta de que jamás hasta entonces había conocido el sol de un verdadero invierno, ese que los escandinavos han aprendido a esperar pacientemente y que, cuando se deja ver, provoca verdaderos revuelos y cambios de ánimo. Aún no podíamos saberlo, pero disfrutar de esas escasas horas de luz reconfortante en pleno diciembre estaba siendo todo un acontecimiento.

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