awesome idea jessica:
1. water everywhere: beautiful canals, north sea, rivers, lakes.
2. architecture: dutch architecture is often beautiful.
3. weather: it isn't -20C in the winter like my hometown.
4. cafes: in sunny days all the streets have cafes with outdoor terraces and people reveling in the sun.
5. no superstores: while there are large chains, there is still the local butcher, baker, and greengrocer. i love this. i love that the small business still has clout here.
6. (one more :)) bicycles and bike paths: flat country, tonnes of bikes, lots and lots of people biking.
Long, long summer days
The parks in oslo: Swimming in the ocean at Bygdøy- an island in the middle of Oslo where- the king has
a farm and lovely home, there are museums, lovely walking trails and beaches.
Sognsvann- a lake and extensive park set aside for walking, biking, swimming and camping
Frogner Parken- filled with amazing figurative sculptures by Gustav Vigeland
Affordable and quality daycare
Really good bread
long, lazy dinners
castles & ruins
skiing or the Mediterranean, each within about an hour or so of driving
old, damp churches
streets and houses made of stones
I can take my dog into a restaurant with me
quiet, lazy Sundays
a 35 hour work week
five weeks of vacation per year
going to the doc when I a sick, and not worrying about the cost
1. The fairly decent public health care system.
2. Good daycare for children, and child benefits for families with kids under 16.
3. Norwegians are engaged in their political and social system. They do not feel disenfranchised.
4. Skiing was invented here, and I love skiing although anything bigger than an anthill scares me when I'm on skis :)
5. The proximity to the rest of Europe.
6. The beautiful views of the Oslo Fjord from the hills around Oslo.