We're off for a mini-vacation in Oslo. We want to be sure to see some other places while over here, and because of Pam's broken leg we've canceled a family trip to Zurich, Switzerland and Pam had to cancel a teacher trip to Lisbon, Portugal. She's doing so much better now, though, that we scheduled a last-minute trip out of town for Easter holiday.
Thursday we took the train for a 6.5 hour ride to Oslo. We sat in the family car which has a special separate play area for the kids with toys, books, and a video screen showing cartoons. What a great idea! The kids were occupied and happy, and Pam and I could relax and watch the beautiful mountainous scenery. In order to get exercise, Pam insisted we hop off the train at every stop and run around. (Can I now claim to have visited Støren, Røros, Tynset, Koppand, Elverum, Hamar, Stange, Tangen, and Eidsvoll?)
Anna was sick near the end of the trip and Daddy got vomited on. Yup, the good stuff of parenting. She recovered quickly and we survived the bus ride from the train station to our hotel.
We checked into the Radisson SAS Scandanavia at close to 11 pm. Our small room was supposed to have a roll-away bed in it but it didn't, so I called to the front desk. Rather than give us an extra bed, they decided to instead upgrade us to an executive suite! We are now in a two-room suite. The kids have the living room with hide-a-bed and their own bathroom, and Pam and I have our own room as well. It's fantastic! We have a good view out on downtown, including a view of the palace (the royal family are our next-door neighbors). This is a good start to our vacation!