Planning for The Oslo Blog Gathering 2010

Oslo Blog Gathering in August 2010 is going to be a blast! The response from all over the world is overwhelming and slowly bits and pieces in the program are beginning to take form. Even more: Expats bloggers in Norway have started to volunteer for improving the program and assisting at the gathering. I met five of them in Oslo some days ago – yea, even a couple are from a different city! Like I’ve told you before: Blogging Connecting People and I’m proud to introduce The Oslo Gathering’s Assistants:

Oslo Blog Gathering Assistans groupThe Oslo Blog Gathering Plan & Assistant Group

These guys are amazingly enthusiastic about the gathering idea – you should click and visit each and one of them:
Corinne at “Northern Natterings
Caroline at “Return to Norway
BeaverBoosh at “A Canadian in Norway
Tressa at “American in Norway” and
Cecilia at “An Alien in Copenhagen – One year in Norway


Program improvement – local guides:
We all agreed that the program should be build around the Oslo Pass (included in the Program Fee: provides free travel on all public transport, free admission to museums and sights). That means that every participant can choose for themselves what they’d like to explore in Oslo. However, no one needs to walk alone: These expats (+ TorAa and DianeCA) will pick their different spot of the day and those who wish to be guided by a local may follow them. I hereby announce them as The Oslo Gathering Assistants. All this will be announced at the Official Program Site in due time.

Enjoying the long summer nights:

Long summer nights in OsloIn Oslo, the sun doesn’t go down before 9:30PM in August, so there are good reasons to be outdoors – in the Norwegian spirit :-) We will therefore arrange gatherings in the evening at places like Vigeland Sculpture Park where we can meet up and share our adventures of the day – and even discuss what to explore the next day in an informal social atmosphere.

Event at Facebook:

Oslo Blog Gathering Facebook EventTo promote the Oslo Blog Gathering, I have created an event at Facebook. To get an idea of how many would like to or at least consider joining us; this is the place to indicate your position. Go check it out and please invite all your blogger FB friends. You’re also welcome to write on the wall and share your expectations and suggestions, as well as what you are looking forward to explore in Oslo. It’s a great place to get in the spirit for a fun filled trip to Oslo in 2010.

Dona Nobis Pacem a Blog Blast for Peace

Social Media, such as Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. are connecting people and makes the world smaller. To me as an extensive networker, these are important tools professionally as well as personally to collaborate, find resources, make friends and share knowledge. Some say we should teach the worlds leaders and politicians how to blog. I don’t know if that’s a good idea – I mean at least some of them have made enough of a mess of things already. I would say we, the people, we bloggers should do it: Proving that blogging empowers us to make a better world. Each of ours posts are small steps, but when hundreds – thousands – say millions, move in the same direction; who could stop us? – For the very best course!

That’s why I participate in today’s Dona Nobis Pacem:

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It’s Mimi Lenox who hosts this movement and titles it “Dona Nobis Pacem” which is Latin for Grant Us Peace. Click to find The Official Site for BlogBlast For Peace.

Make Blogs – Not Wars:
So what has Peace to do with Blogging? To me it’s simple: Peace: Is something the world achieves by understanding each other in mutual trust and equality. Uncertainties develop scepticism and fear, while knowledge makes sense, openness, acceptance and leads to dialogue. The more we know about each other, the smaller the world becomes. That’s why I say: Make Blogs – Nor Wars, as it breaks down cultural, religious and other barriers.

Oslo Blog Gathering:
You now know how I think about meeting and collaborating in the Blogsphere. Based on my positive experiences of almost five years, it has inspired me to take it to a new diminution; to meet in real life too. So in August 2010, RennyBA’s Terella invites you all to a Blog Gathering in Oslo to expand our friendship, learn more from each other and to give you a personal taste of Norway’s culture, traditions and habits:



Mini Cruise on Oslo Fjord in Norway

By ship from the City Hall to the new Opera House, then to Bygdøy Island with Maritime and Viking museum gives an adventures cruise on the Oslo Fjord. A hop on – hop off tour with a double masts motor vessel “Jumfruen” (Eng. Virgin) (build 1917) leaves the harbour at the City Hall every 90 min. from 9:45AM to 15:45PM. That means you can cruise a whole day and at the same time enjoy cultural buildings, museums, beaches on the islands on the fjord with breath taken scenery – all in one day. That’s what my wife DianeCA (click to read her report!) and I did some weekends ago and of course we gladly take you along:

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DianeCA and RennyBA at “Jomfruen” on the Oslo Fjord.

Let the cruise begin from Oslo harbour:
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Left: The boat gangplank – Right: 90 years old boat “Jumfruen”
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Oslo City Hall
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Left: Passing Akershus Fortress – Right: The view of the city from the fjord.


The New Oslo Opera House:
First stop is the largest single cultural-political initiative in contemporary Norway. It’s an extraordinary building that rises directly from beneath the fjord – like an iceberg. The white marble clad roofs cape forms a large public space in the landscape of the city and the fjord. I’ve made lots of posts from this building: the only Opera House where you can walk on the roof. Here is a couple for you to click and enjoy: ‘Oslo Opera House recreational Culture for the People’ and ‘New Oslo Opera House in Norway’.
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The islands on the Oslo Fjord:
10 minutes from pulsating urban city life; the boat takes you to the nicest island countryside. Bring your bathing suit in the summer time to enjoy a nice swim in the fjord to experience the recreational contrast:
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Cruising The Oslo Fjord
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Bygdøy Island; Maritime and Viking Ship Museum:
After 30 minutes more cruise, the next stop is Bygdøy Island:
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Harbour at the Fram Museum; the boat Roald Amundsen used for the South Pole expedition in 1911.


Thousands of years of culture and history is to be explored at Bygday in a walking distance, e.g. : The Maritime Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, The Viking Ship Museum, and The Museum of Cultural History.

The end of the cruise:
In 30 minutes from the last stop at Bygdøy, you are back at the harbour by the City hall. There you can:
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Buy fresh steamed shrimp at the fish market or dine at many of the restaurants at Aker Brygge.


Oslo Blog Gathering 2010:

visitOSLOThis is an example of how you can enjoy a 90 minutes cruise at Oslo Fjord or hop off at some or the stops to explore and make it a whole day cultural and relaxing adventure. Not only is Oslo a compact city, but you can enjoy a cruise or hike in the mountain, just from the city’s doorstep. Participants in next years Oslo Blog Gathering get the Oslo Pass with free travel on all public transport, free admission to museums and sights – even 15% on this Mini Cruise! Go check the Official Gathering site and mark your calendar for a trip to Norway in August next year!

RennyBA guiding Facebook friends in Oslo Norway

Oslo city is bounded by the Central Station (Oslo S) to the east, the Royal Palace to the west and the seafront by The City Hall to the south. It’s a compact area and easily walkable! Karl Johan; the mostly pedestrian main street connecting Oslo S and the Palace is the artery of downtown Oslo and takes only 20 minutes to walk through. So when I meet someone new in town, I always walk them through Karl Johan and advise them to remember the name. Getting acquainting with this main street, you never get lost in Oslo, or you can ask everyone for it to get back on track :-)

Social Media connecting People:
As a network evangelist, I have a lot of connections also out of Norway. My regular readers know I have met some of them, especially blog friends. A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend of mine in Canada recommended a fellow citizen to contact me since he was visiting Oslo. We hooked up on Facebook and started to plan for our meeting. He and another friend of his came by train from Stockholm in the afternoon and I met them at Oslo S upon arrival. So I took them on a guided tour and gladly take you along to some of the highlights, referring to my earlier posts:

The New Oslo Opera House:
It’s only a minute walk from the Central Station and you don’t need to like Opera to enjoy this extraordinary building that rises directly from beneath the fjord and the only Opera where you can walk on the roof. Shaped as a glacier or a ship, the amazing building seems to float by the inlet Bjørvika, giving a stunning impression. I’ve posted a lot about it with pictures before (e.g. The largest single cultural-political initiative in contemporary Norway) – here I am together with my guests:

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Pradeep Nair, Shaun Toolsie and RennyBA at the Opera House.


The Karl Johan Street:
The main pedestrian street has plenty of quality shops (click to read: Oslo – Shopping with a charming atmosphere), as well as some monumental buildings where in particular the Parliament-Palace axis has a certain Parisian grandeur. The same with Grand Hotel (click to read: Jazz Brunch at Grand Café in Oslo), where the Nobel Peace Prize winner stay as well as the National Museum and the former Oslo University.

Aker Brygge:
Is the coastal area located south, at the City Hall, 5 minutes walk from Karl Johan. It’s a former shipyard area in Oslo harbour, across from Akerhus Fortress. In 1982 work started on demolishing the former shipyards and workshops of Norway’s largest shipbuilding yard. It’s now been converted into a shopping and nightlife centre, pulsing with life – there are outdoor restaurants and bars almost everywhere (click to read: Show off your tan at Aker Brygge in Oslo).
After a couple of hours walk through the city – Yea, I know I said just 20 minutes, but it takes some more time with me constantly stopping, showing and talking about the buildings and the city’s history :lol: – we where all exhausted and hungry. We ended up at one of the many restaurants at Aker Brygge with outdoor serving and had some seafood pasta delight:
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My beloved American wife DianeCA joined us half way through Karl Johan so during dinner, there were a lot of questions answered about how it was adjusting to living in Norway :-)

Oslo Blog Gathering 2010:

visitOSLOThis is an example of what you can experience if joining our gathering in August next year – it won’t take you long to get acquainted with Oslo. Included in the program fee, you get the Oslo Pass with free travel on all public transport (easily available on Karl Johan) and free admission to museums and sights. During three days, you will be able to explore the Oslo Fjord, The Maritime and Viking Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park, The Botanical Garden as well as hiking in the woods at Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Mountain – and many, many more options. Check out the gatherings officially program site and start planning to meet bloggers from all over the world – booking will soon be available!

Oslo Blog Gathering 2010 Preview

Oslo Blog Gathering, August 11th to 15th, invites all to explore the city and Norway’s history, culture and traditions. It’ll be a compact guided adventure invited by RennyBA’s Terella, to give everyone in Blogsphere a chance to see some of the attractions presented on this blog over the last five years. After the first day’s guided tour: Highlights of Oslo, you’ll learn how to navigate, use the public transportation and chose your favourite attractions such as museums, historical buildings, shopping, boat trips or hiking in the woods.

Program preview:

Oslo Blog Gathering 2010visitOslo is a key contributor to this Gathering. Sharing their knowledge and experience has been an important input for composing the program. Thanks to them we get the guided tour: Highlights of Oslo and even the Oslo Pass which give free travel on all public transport, free admission to museums and sights. Passengers from Oslo Gardemoen airport will also get a free ticket to the city by the Express train. I recommend a visit to their site and get acquainted with Oslo; what they have to offer and what you would like to do, e.g.: Top 10 suggestions

Blogging Connecting People:

RennyBAAs an active networker I enjoy using Social Media and blogging extensively. Through this I have met a lot of nice people online which I am curious about, and very much would like to meet personally. That is the reason behind this project – no other – I am not sponsored by any tourist group or agency, or any of the local hotels for that matter. So it’s not a commercial venture for me and I do not earn anything on the participation. I only wish to sett opp arrangements so that as many as possible are able to join us.

The Official Program site:
This post is a pre announcement and of course there will be more details about the program as well as accommodations and booking. For more details, in time as they are certified, this site will always be updated: Oslo Blog Gathering 2010.