Norway > Oslo
October 12, 2011
[This trip was planned barely two weeks ago when Qatar Airways announced, to commemorate its inaugural DOH-OSL service, an incredibly low promotional fare for KUL-OSL-KUL via Doha. I quickly grabbed two tickets, and here we are ...]
Early morning departure from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), hardly a soul in sight.
Sunrise over the Arabian desert.
Our eventual flight path, KUL-DOH.
Brand new day, but already hot and dusty in Doha.
Doha, as crowded as ever. When is the new terminal ready?
Haj pilgrims milling around, most of them first-time flyers.
Departing DOH for OSL.
Second brekky for the day, pretty good chow.
Right over Iraq, but at 40,000ft up we are safe.
Love the ambience.
Nearing the destination.
Oslo city passes to our left as we head for Gardermoen.
At Gardermoen, catching the NSB train to Oslo Central Station. Cheapest and easiest way to get to downtown.
Interestingly, ‘needles’ are attached atop surfaces of structures — not elegant but an effective way to deter birds from loitering and making a mess.
Soon on our way to downtown Oslo, and a mild 13.7C outside.
People-watching from the train, and it seems Oslo has a sizable Muslim community.
Very nice late afternoon in Oslo as we step out of Main Station onto Jernbanetorget.
Jernbanetorget, at the front of the Main Station, is a key city transport hub as well.
Anyway, Oslo evening rush hour is mostly harmless.
Efficient city transport encourages people to leave their own vehicles at home. When will Kuala Lumpur come to this stage?
Karl Johans gate, a pleasant pedestrian shopping mall which starts at Jernbanetorget.
A statue-man in action, the usual suspect in European cities. Always ready to surprise unsuspecting folks.
Just around the corner from Jernbanetorget, we spot our hotel — a shower and a good night’s sleep before we begin our Norwegian adventure tomorrow.