Grønland is a neighborhood not far from the city center. I hadn’t explored it very much, so I decided to see what it was all about one day last week. It’s the “multicultural melting-pot” of Oslo… (which reminds me so much of my neighborhood in Paris), so I felt quite at home walking past halal meat-markets and shops selling ethnic Indian and African clothing. I walked up on a bakery called Madina Sweets and popped in. (The day I can walk by a bakery/sweet shop is a day I am looking forward to.) The sign out front said “Happy Diwali” so I asked the man behind the counter what that was. He informed me that it was a big Indian celebration and that it would start the following day, November 5th. He made a little assortment of almond and pistachio-based treats for me and away I went, slightly less culturally-ignorant than when I arrived.
Grønland might not be on most tourist maps, but it’s a nice place to wander and experience something different. If you visit Oslo, try to see it before the hipsters move in and send the immigrants out. (said tongue-in-cheek…maybe). Here are a few pictures from the day.