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Oslo Opera House

Yesterday I went to the Oslo opera house with my family to watch my sister dance. Needless to say I was so proud of her! The Opera house in Oslo is still quite new, and it’s a very beautiful building right by the sea. The Oslo opera house is home to the Norwegian national Opera and Ballet, and it’s the national Opera Theatre in Norway. As you can tell from the picture, the outside surfaces of the building are angled to make it appear as if the the building is rising from the water. Very beautiful.

Officially opened in April 2008, the Oslo Opera House was designed by the acclaimed Norwegian architectural firm  called Snøhetta. The opera, which took five years to complete, is quite easy to get to, as it is close to the central train station.  It is the largest cultural building to be built in Norway since the construction of the Nidarosdomen cathedral  in Trondheim at the start of the 14th century.

I have only seen an actual opera in this building one time. My friend and I got standing room tickets, because lets face it, were students.. And tickets to go see an opera are outrageously expensive.. But it turned out that the standing room area had the best view in the house, so we were pretty happy.

My Beautiful sister

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Strawberry Hill

I’m an english literature student, and I recently read The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole. This novel, with its flying helmets and moving portraits, is widely recognized as the first gothic novel. As a part of the course this term, we went on a trip to Strawberry Hill house, the gothic inspired home of Horace Walpole. I have to admit I was surprised by the fact that we were visiting a gothic castle referred to as Strawberry Hill. Those words aren’t exactly what comes to mind when I think of vampires and old castles.. However, the castle was beautiful, and so were the surroundings. I though I would share some of my captions with you 🙂

 

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