Oslo may no longer be the world’s most expensive city (it lost that rank in 2013), but it is still outrageously expensive. Unfortunately, for budget travelers looking to spend $50 USD or less, there is not a lot to do other than walk. Happy hour doesn’t exist here. Eating on the cheap doesn’t exist here. Thankfully the couple we are pet-sitting for left a fridge with some foodstuffs in it because otherwise we would DIE.
At an Irish pub, $120 was spent in Oslo on 2 Guinness, 2 ciders, a chicken club sandwich, Irish stew, and a whiskey.
We thought, no worries (actually Mark was like “WHAT!”), we’ll just eat from convenience stores and gas stations…
At a Shell gas station, $30 was spent on a Coke ($4), water bottle ($4), two Snickers bars, a muffin, and two hot dogs.
We learned that the city pretty much shuts down in July and it is cheaper to spend a month anywhere else in Europe than it is to stay in Oslo. We learned this after we walked around Oslo looking for cheap eats courtesy of Yelp, but two of the places we went to were closed.
We wound up… at a Norwegian version of Chipotle (one of two places open) where two burrito bowls cost $30.
We’ve finally given up on dining out, even as a treat, so we relegated to finding the grocery store. Only to discover…
Grocery stores close at noon on Saturday and are closed on Sunday.
When I said I wanted to lose weight, this is not what I had in mind.