This week, Peter Greenberg Worldwide comes from The Thief hotel in Oslo, Norway, a cutting edge design hotel with a great story to tell. David Nikel, Author of Norway and Oslo travel guides (Moon Publications), talks about the wake-up call Oslo and the rest of the country received when The Thief hotel opened in the city and explains its role in modernizing what was once a Spartan approach to hospitality. Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor at The Independent, discusses the issue of safely handling plane evacuations, concerns with the Federal Aviation Administration’s tests and theories behind why these tests haven’t been properly done. And Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director of The Munch Museum, discusses the event that made world news–the robbing of “The Scream” painting and the little-known stories behind it. There’s all this and more as Peter Greenberg Worldwide broadcasts from The Thief hotel in Oslo, Norway.
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Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor at The Independent, joins the program to discuss the tax festival that flying out of the United Kingdom has become and how he avoids it altogether via a special dispensation. He then dives into the airlines vs. passengers argument of who is fueling the low-cost demand. Then, Simon and Peter talk about the dangerous world of plane evacuations, their biggest concerns with the Federal Aviation Administration’s tests and the theories behind why the tests haven’t been properly done.
David Nikel, Author of the Moon Norway and Moon Oslo travel guides and Founder of the Life in Norway blog , talks about the wake-up call Oslo and the rest of the country received when The Thief hotel opened in the city and explains its role in modernizing what was once a “Spartan” market. He then discusses the new international influences in Nordic cuisine, Norway’s true selling point and its biggest secret.
Audrey Camp, Freelance Writer and American Expat, discusses moving to Oslo from Northern California, the newly evolved startup scene and what surprised her the most when moving there: gender equality. Audrey also chats about the American diner food scene in Oslo, where she takes friends and family who visit and her favorite countryside getaways. Even though Oslo is one of the most expensive cities in the world, Audrey shares why she doesn’t mind paying the price.
Dominic Gorham, Guest Relations Manager at The Thief hotel, joins Peter to talk about what makes the hotel stand out from the rest and why he thinks the type of service that the hotel implements will be the new norm for luxury hotels in the industry. Dominic then explains the meaning behind the hotel’s name and what Johnny Depp and his pirates had to do with it.
Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director of The Munch Museum, discusses the event that made world news–the robbing of “The Scream” painting and the little-known stories behind it. He then talks about the staggering number of art pieces created by Munch himself, the more than 28,000 of those pieces that live rotating at the museum and the complicated relationship between the renowned painter and the Nazis. Stein then talks about Munch’s image and the artistic side of him that not a lot of people know.
Jason Moore, American Expat, Founder of Zero to Travel and Co-Founder of Location Indie, talks about how he ended up in Oslo, his biggest shock when he first came to Norway and how the Norwegians’ politeness could come off as being rude to many Americans. Jason then discusses learning the language–he’s more than 500 hours in at this point–and building a bridge between cultures by putting in the effort.
Hanne Lovise Aannestad, Researcher and Associate Professor at the Vikings Ship Museum and Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, speaks about the tremendous amount that is learned about daily life from the viking ships and what continues to surprise her. She discusses the ancient burial rituals from the Viking Era and the larger than life dimensions of the 1,200-year-old ships inside the museum.
Anders Husa, Restaurant and Travel Blogger and Founder of Foodie Stories, talks about the evolving food scene in Oslo, trying to keep up with the rapid number of restaurants opening and his top coffee spot recommendations in a city that doesn’t really do breakfast like the United States. Anders then shares his go-to lunch and dinner places, what he gets at those places, and his quest to find the best burger in Oslo. And don’t forget about Oslo’s two Michelin-starred restaurants, because he covers those too.
Paal Mork, Director of Communications at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, speaks about the unique story that the museum tells through the historic living conditions of Norwegians for centuries. Paal also explains why this museum is different from other museums, what it was proudly first for and reveals what the Norwegians were doing long before anyone else.
By Alessandra Bea for PeterGreenberg.com