Oslo, the capital of Norway, known for its green spaces and museums according to my research, Oslo is the number one most expensive country to travel to – tourist industries that charge about 20% more than anywhere else in Western Europe and a whopping 70% higher than world averages. Norway is notoriously known as Scandinavia’s—and Northern Europe’s—most expensive country. Originally I thought Switzerland was expensive but compared to Norway, it’s nothing! I always used to see these rows of colourful houses but I never actually knew where it was until today – Oslo is a scenic city filled with Scandinavian charm and hints of the Norwegians’ Viking history. Oslo tends to be clean and safe, and most of the population speaks almost fluent English, which can make it easy for you to get around.
Plan your visit;
Can sometimes also be referred to as “Jacaranda City” for its thousands of jacaranda trees, what most people don’t know about the city of Pretoria is that it is actually the capital of South Africa, not Johannesburg. While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court and the largest city in the country which is why people often become confused.
Change is present as Pretoria gets rid of its past demons and begins to develop its own contemporary identity. The city’s name was approved to change to Tshwane in 2005, but with the matter still under review, the old seat of apartheid power is still known as Pretoria. South Africans are now living among a generation that is not afraid to express their ideas on freedom as well as discovering their identities through the country’s history.
Where to stay;
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
What to do
- Take Zulu Lessons
- Attend the Vibey Market-at-the-Sheds
- Visit the 1000 year old Wonderboom fig tree
- Visit Alfie’s for the best Italian in the City
- Picnic in front of the Union Buildings
- Dinner with a view at The Blue Crane
- Take a walk down the longest Urban Street in South Africa
- Go mountain biking in Groenkloof Park
- Go on a Game Drive at the Rietvlei Game Reserve
- Visit the Voortrekker Monument
Visitors can use Pretoria as a staging post for trips out to the breathtaking wilderness of the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, or the pretty hills of Magaliesburg and Hartbeespoort to the west.