OSLO. Today’s a full day change management workshop we did for the Oslo office. Not going to write much about the change management programme (since that’s client specific and I would like to keep this blog personal). Perhaps let me share some pics of the Oslo office.
We owned the building, two of them in fact – and in Norway almost all commercial buildings are designed distinctively with its own identity. No mass design here. 😛
As such, each building is able to convey it’s own character and carry a facade unique to herself. Its actually quite cool to be working in such beautifully designed & built offices.
Our building faces the sea – being a maritime business – and while the water’s all frozen now in winter, the view outside can be awesome in other seasons.
A concept prototype (below) of a futuristic car carrier using solar powered energy!
We ended our programme earlier than we thought and since we already have plans for tomorrow, everyone agreed tonight’s a good time as any to visit the famous Opera House.
Random buildings on our way to the Opera House.
This is a restaurant and it disappointed us! It looks posh outside but on closer inspection, realized they serve only café food!
This (above) I believe is one of the good hotels near to the Opera House.
OSLO Opera House
Operahuset, or otherwise known as the OSLO Opera House is right now the largest cultural building in Oslo for a city that’s famed for her culture & arts. As one who luvs musicals, I’ve made it a habit of visiting opera houses where I travel and when me & wifey were at Brisbane 2 years back, we even booked ourselves tickets for “Chicago” at the Brisbane Opera House.
The bridge connecting us to the Opera House, and along the bridge you get to see pictures of the development of the Opera House from concept to completion of the entire building sometime in 2008.
A picture dated 2006 showing the Opera House almost completed…
Sally & John at the Oslo Opera House
We saw Oslo locals going into the foyer so I think there’s a show or performance tonight. Too bad we were really on very short time here else I won’t mind getting myself a ticket. 😛
Ticket prices are reasonable with the front seats going for around NOK800 or about RM400.
You can’t come to the Opera House without getting to the top! The snow-covered steps leading to the roof of the Opera House can be slippery especially when you are dragging along a DSLR.
Not sure which building this is (below) but it’s situated just opposite the Opera House across the river. Seems like it’s under construction or upgrading.
I’ve to think these are locals (below) as otherwise I wasn’t able to differentiate which was frozen water and which was solid land.
Merchandising is always good business, and opera houses not excluded. J Seems like their current performance is “LULU”.
Ooh….. rows of audio CDs. Bought an Edvard Grieg collection, and also a book about “Norway – Past Present & Future”.
They sell everything it seems….
Sally & John in the foyer… definitely a show on for tonight, looking at the crowd behind them. 😛
We were told pizza is one of Oslo’s fave food, and the pizza here can be as good as the Italianos. After eating humble pie with the Chinese restaurant thingie (see Day One), I have an open mind on this.. LOL.
We went to a place near the central park named “Peppe’s Pizza”. Looks like a typical American-style pizza place….
But how did the pizza go?
Apology for a out-of-focus pizza… but you see.. The pizza smelt – and tasted so good – it’s a sin to waste time taking pictures instead of chomping on them! Yes Oslo has great pizzas!! Compared to this, Dominos/Pizza Hut seems like junk food. Maybe I need to revisit Micasa when I’m back in KL to see if standards are comparable. 🙂
Today’s still a relatively quiet day travel-wise since we did have a full day’s work to account for. But stay tune for tomorrow we visit the famous Vigeland Park…