Oslo, Norway

Aker Brygge -- The twin towers atop the imposing City Hall are a modern tribute to those of the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, the first capital of Norway. They overlook the city's ferry harbor and marina, a literal as well as symbolic nexus to the rest of the country and the world.

To the west of the harbor is a set of fashionable restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs, and to the east, the historic citadel of Akershus Festning. The general area is favored amongst the locals to enjoy each other and the summer's eve, while the sun languishes over the Oslofjord.

Norway, like the rest of Europe, is becoming ever more ethnically diverse. After dining on ramen noodles and sushi, I spotted an East Asian amongst the goose-stepping honor guards at the Akershus Festning.

The relaxed, welcoming Nordic capital is an appropriate setting for me to conclude this trip, as it was here that I started the first of my Scandinavian journeys four years ago. My good spirits on this sunny evening were interrupted by a nervous moment: I dropped my Nikon D100 onto the ground at the citadel, slightly cracking its polycarbonate body just below the battery compartment. Thank God the camera still works!

These photos are taken with the Nikon D100 digital SLR with the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 D lens.

Norway 2003

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