A guided tour in Oslo with Dion Hinchcliffe

Since Dion Hinchcliffe, an Enterprise & Web 2.0 and a blog Guru is in Oslo, we gave him a guided tour. Dion is invited by The Norwegian Computer Society (NCS) and Bouvet (Consultant Company) as a key note speaker on our conference about “Collaboration and Innovation; the Wiki Way). It was Åsmund Mæhle (a EUCIP Professional Business Analyst) at Bouvet – a colleague in NCS and the conference’s program comity – who suggested this tour since he is a regular reader of my blog and red a lot of my Oslo posts. I was thrilled about the idea of course, as I love to show highlights from the capital of Norway to new visitors and I gladly share the trip with you:

The New Oslo Opera House:

Oslo Opera House #2First stop was the opera house; The construction – designed by the acknowledged Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta – is the largest single cultural-political initiative in contemporary Norway. It took five years to build and the cost was about 500 million Euros. The result is an extraordinary building that rises directly from beneath the fjord. Founded by the government, the idea was to bring opera and ballet to the people and it’s the only opera house where you can walk on the roof.

You’re welcome to read my earlier posts for further details: Recreational Culture for the People and New Oslo Opera House in Norway.

When we was there a fitness centre had an open invitation program on the roof:

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Left: Dione – Right: Åsmund

Vigeland Sculpture Park:
As a part of The Frogner Park it covers 80 acres (320,000 m2) and features 212 bronze and granite sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland. He personally sculpted every figure out of clay and individual craftsmen were contracted to fabricate the pieces into what they are today. He describes peoples natural feelings in every detail as they coddles together in varies life time situations. So alive, yet in bronze, they are expressively inspiring the soul of mankind:
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Dion, Renny and Åsmund at the Angry Boy statue.

This statue is the most photographed object by tourists in Norway – also check out the header of my blog :-) It says you can have stimulating conversations on a golf curse. I would say Vigeland Parks invites in the same kind of atmosphere and we all had a jolly good time – getting to know Dion – while walking around.

Your welcome to read my earlier post from this park for further details: Vigeland Park – not quite as erotic as you might think.

Frogneseteren Restaurant:
On top of Holmenkollen (Oslo’s Beverly Hills) 435 meter (1427 feet) above sea level and 20 min from the city center, you find this wonderful viewpoint of the city and Oslo Fjord. It’s a timber building (log cabin) from 1891 with a romantic touch and bond with a fireplace in several of the rooms. I’m sorry the weather wasn’t cooperating – rain and fog – but here you get a glance of us and the building:

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At that time we where accompanied by some more from the program comity and colleagues of Åsmund from Bouvet. The menu in the restaurant is based on traditional Norwegian cuisine and we had a jolly good time – discussing Social Media, Web 2.0 and next-gen business at the table:
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Dion was eager to try Norwegian food, so here is what we had (sorry I forgot to take a pic of the main course before I had a bite or too :lol: ):
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Left – main course: Roasted Moose – Right – dessert: Cloud berries.

You’re welcome to see more from Oslo’s hills and the famous ski jump on my earlier post: Holmenkollen, a cultural high point in Oslo.

So who is next for a round trip in Oslo with me? As a network evangelist: I’m always up for more. If I manage to organize a Blog Gathering in August next year: Would you like to come?