Nordic Spring

What a remarkable spring season it has been here.  I recollect relentless grey and rain punctuated by occasional sunshine last time I spent this period in Oslo.  This year the sun and rain have reversed roles and the weather has generally been glorious.  It made Constitution Day on 17 May a real pleasure: all the school bands marching merrily under blue skies and everyone looking fine in national dress or formal wear.

Oslo really works hard to capitalise on the better weather.  No doubt there are plenty of city folk who have been rushing out to log cabins in the countryside every weekend possible to commune with the great outdoors but for those of us who stay in town there has been much outdoor activity to enjoy.

The Oslo Music Festival took place a couple of weekends ago which saw thirty-odd stages set up around the city with an eclectic range of bands and dancers performing free of charge throughout the day.  Most weeks something has been organised by the fjord at Aker Brygge: celebrations of Oslo Race Week, a seafood festival, a Danish weekend, an Italian weekend and so on.

This weekend marks the transition from spring to summer.  The public transport timetables have shifted down a couple of gears, the city’s What’s On guide is starting to look a bit less packed and conversations at work have been turning to time off.  July is typically the month of exodus where people travel for their holidays and the city goes quiet.

As if to mark the occasion the weather has turned a rather English shade of grey but so far remains dry.  Hopefully the start of the tennis at Wimbledon will keep the rain away from Oslo for a few days yet.