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Oslo

Damn. Need to find my camera.

I should be landing in Oslo tomorrow at 13:30, local time. I'll be staying at the Best Western Anker Hotel, right in the heart of Oslo. Later I'll meet up with friends at The Shamrock, an "authentic" Irish pub whose Web site is in Norwegian. Why is it that no matter which country I'm in, their large cities always boast one or more Irish pubs? None of which, of course, sport any Irish people. What's worse, why is it that whenever I show up anywhere, someone wants to take me to one?

There are also English pubs scattered over the world, but never as many as their are Irish pubs, it seems. However, you can always tell you're not in an authentic English pub if they refer to the restrooms as anything other than "toilets", as they do here in the UK. I still hate saying that word, but I'm getting over it.

I'll be back from the conference on Tuesday and, if I get off my lazy butt, I'll post pictures. Regrettably, I'll be rather busy and doubt I'll have much time for sightseeing.

Update: Apparently I am the hardest working Portland expat in London.
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i've always been amused more by st patrick's day.

i think my fondest st pat's memory was of a sushi joint, downtown, out with darrell and company. it made for a relaxing evening.

irish pubs, though, are a dime a dozen.

Now, you see, the word 'restroom' always implies to me somewhere with comfy sofas where you can have a nice cup of tea and a sit down!
Haven't stayed on that hotel, but haven't heard anything but good about it.
(The office doesn't have any rebate agreement with it, so... )

I see that they have wireless in the rooms...
Doesn't say 'free', though, so expect to have to pay 8 - 12 Euros for it.
(Some places will give you one free 'scratch-card' with a timelimited username/password, though, if you ask nicely, and I believe the SAS Radisson hotels have free wireless)

Here's a list of places with free WLAN in Oslo
http://gratiswlan.org/index.php/Sentrum%2C_Oslo
(Page is in Norwegian)

"What's worse, why is it that whenever I show up anywhere, someone wants to take me to one?"

Because you keep saying yes? Just an idea.

Have fun!