By Seth Stevenson
An eye-opening and engaging trip from an acclaimed commute author who rotated the globe with no ever leaving the ground.
In this age of globalism and high-speed commute, Seth Stevenson, the witty, considerate Slate shuttle columnist, takes us again to a time while shuttle intended placing one foot in entrance of the opposite, racing to make connections among trains and buses in distant transit stations, and wading in the course of the chaos that almost all long-haul tourists flow 35,000 ft above. Stevenson winds his method worldwide through cycling, strolling, mountain climbing, using in rickshaws, freight ships, cruise ships, historical ferries, buses, and the Trans-Siberian Railway-but by no means will get on an airplane.
He unearths that from the floor, one sees the area anew-with a deeper realizing of time, distance, and the vastness of the earth. during this sensational travelogue, each one step of the adventure is an experience, packed with unforeseen revelations in each new port, at each bend within the railroad tracks, and round each highway corner.
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There is a “blues cruise” for those without a boat of their own. Gålåvann Gudbrandsdalen (4–14 Aug). The Ibsen drama Peer Gynt is performed outdoors in beautiful surroundings. Nordic Hunting and Fishing Days Elverum (1st half of Aug). Stavanger Chamber Music Festival and Oslo Chamber Music Festival (mid-Aug) attract large numbers of visitors to the summer evening concerts. Sildajazz, Haugesund (mid-Aug). Colourful festival featuring 20 concert venues, children’s and street parades, harbour market and pleasure craft.
The university complex For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp226–7 and pp242–3 Oslo University’s Aula with Edvard Munch’s murals, 1916 Nasjonalgalleriet 3 See pp52–3. Historisk Museum 4 See pp54–5. C E N T R A L O S L O W E S T 51 Slottet (the Royal Palace) standing supreme on the hill at the top of Karl Johans Gate Slottet 5 Drammensveien 1. Map 2 C2. Tel 22 04 87 00. Nationaltheatret. v 11, 13, 17, 18, 19. @ 32, 34. # guided tours only; end Jun–mid-Aug: 6am–9pm daily; tickets in advance from post offices.
The tours are now a regular feature every year from the end of June until mid-August. A statue of Karl Johan stands in front of the palace. The palace’s Banqueting Hall with Wergmann’s Pompeii-style friezes Nationaltheatret 6 Johannes Dybwads plass 1. Map 3 D3. Tel 22 00 14 00. Nationaltheatret. v 11, 13, 17, 18, 19. @ 32, 34. 30pm Mon–Fri, 11am–5pm Sat. ¢ public hols. 8 by arrangement. 0 = open 1 hr before performances. It was no coincidence that a play by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen was on the programme when the National Theatre opened its doors in 1899.