17. mai 2020

One of my biggest dreams was to see and participate in the celebration of the 17th of May in the capital of Oslo. In the last years, however, I cannot travel to Norway on this day. In this year was my first time when I had the possibility to see this public holiday live. Unfortunately, due to corona pandemic, all the parades, concerts and other events were cancelled. Therefore, I decided to spend this day in a different way.

In the morning of the 17th of May, I walk along the harbour to the centre of Oslo. On the shore of Bestumkilen and Frognerkilen, I observed greylag geese (Anser anser) and barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) with cute goslings sitting close to the water.

During my walk, I also saw small groups of people wearing bunader (costumes beautifully decorated with embroideries and silver jewellery). They probably heading to their families to celebrate solemn breakfast. I also observed numerous people running, cycling or in-line skating with flags of Norway attached to clothing, bikes, or backpacks.

When I reach the centre of Oslo, I saw empty streets, which were beautifully decorated with nice flags of Norway. Only some festively clothed people walked from time to time, probably trying to reach their families and friends to celebrate together. It was sad for me to see these places so empty, in this unusual day. However, I hope that in the next year, I will have the possibility to participate in the full celebration of the 17th of May.

After, my walk in the city centre, I decided to return to my home to eat a festive dinner and relax while listening to music.

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