Sunday, August 07, 2005

IFLA 2005, Oslo: Reading up

It's almost 4am now and I'm still reading up on Norway and Oslo for my trip for IFLA 2005. Picked up two travel guides from the library a few days ago:

1) Norway (series title = Lonely Planet guidebooks)
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NLB Call No.: 914.81 N -[TRA] (Travel Guides section)
ISBN: 174059200X
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2) Norway: The rough guide
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NLB Call No.: 914.81 N -[TRA] (Travel Guides section)
ISBN: 1843530546
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Reading the guide books thus far, I have three major impressions of Norway:
  • It has beautiful wilderness areas (which I doubt I'll have the chance to visit, as the conference is in the city area)
  • It's a cold country (highest average temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius. Brrr... I can't stand cold)
  • It's terribly expensive and things are heavily taxed (which means being a miser, I'd be doubly miserable. At least it's a good excuse not to buy presents for the missus)
Anyway, I'm so glad there's the public library. It's so easy to go pick up a few books to learn about the country (I mean, the Internet is convenient, but the books tell a whole lot more). I'm not the adventurous type, so filling the information gap helps reduce much of the anxiety I face in travelling to a new country.

Maybe I should go search if there are any Norwegian librarians who are blogging (in English preferably). That might be helpful, I think.

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2 comments:

  1. interestingly i just met two norwegian students yesterday kekeke
    have fun!

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  2. Happy traveling~! The Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo is absolutely beautiful and surreal. I can't wait to read your posts about the conference.

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