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Denver’s 10th Day of Protests to Combat Police Brutality in Honor of George Floyd

Protesters stand on Lincoln St. outside the Colorado State Capitol while volunteers scrub away graffiti from the sidewalk on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

For the tenth straight day in a row, thousands of people in Denver have come out to lend their voices to the protests in honor of George Floyd, the man who was murdered by police officers in Minneapolis, and the larger problems of racism and police brutality. Black Lives Matter.

Previous days of coverage of the protests can be found HERE and HERE

 

Florists and protesters from around Denver work to create a flower art activism piece in Liberty Park during the protest on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Quincy Shannon speaks to a crowd that swelled from the hundreds into the thousands during the George Floyd protest in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Hundreds of protesters raise the fists in the air in a sign of solidarity against police brutality during the tenth straight day of protests in Denver on Saturday, June 10, 2020.

An interpreter flips the bird while signing one of the many speeches made at Civic Center Park in Denver during the protest on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

The crowds at the all day protest in Denver on Saturday fluctuated between the hundreds and thousands as people protested for the tenth straight day, June 6, 2020.

Protesters hold up signs during the demonstration in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A protester holds a portait of George Floyd while listening to speeches during the demonstration on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Quincy Shannon, center, stands with profeesional athletes from the Denver Broncos and other teams in solidarity for Black Lives Matter during the protest on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Denver Broncos’ Justin Simmons speaks during the protest in memory of George Floyd on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Denver Broncos’ A.J. Johnson speaks during the protest in memory of George Floyd on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Denver Broncos’ Davontae Harris speaks during the protest in memory of George Floyd on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Players from Denver’s professional sports teams lead protesters from the steps of the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park into the streets of the city as they protest police brutality on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Denver Broncos’ Justin Simmons marches with thousands of protesters in memory of George Floyd on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Quincy Shannon uses a bullhorn to speak as the crowd of protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Denver Broncos’ Justin Simmons marches with thousands of protesters through the streets of the city on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protest organizers march near the front of the crowd as they lead thousands through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Denver Police officers march with protesters through the streets of the city on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Players from Denver’s professional sports teams march with protesters through the streets of the city on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters carry signs as they march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A protester on a motorcycle helps block oncoming traffic as thousands of protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Denver Broncos’ Davontae Harris marches with thousands of protesters in memory of George Floyd on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A Denver Police officer moves cases of water to hand out to protesters as they march through the streets on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A Denver Police officer hands out bottles of water to protesters as they march through the streets on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A flyer featuring George Floyd is displayed on a boarded up business along the 16th St. Mall in Denver as protesters march by on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march up 16th St. Mall in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march up 16th St. Mall in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A young girl leads a call and answer of “no justice, no peace” as she marches through the streets of Denver with thousands of other protesters on Saturday, June 6, 2020. “I’m here because I want to support black lives.”

Protesters near the Colorado State Capitol as they march down Broadway in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Thousands of protesters listen to speeches while gathered at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

One protester makes his way through the crowd while carrying a bullhorn and a flag on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A member of the Colorado Anti Racist Club speaks to thousands of gathered protesters at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Thousands of protesters listen to speeches while gathered at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A member of the Colorado Anti Racist Club speaks to thousands of gathered protesters at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park sit wherever they can in order to see speakers on stage on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A member of the Colorado Anti Racist Club speaks to thousands of gathered protesters at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Thousands of protesters react to sppeches while gathered at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A protester holds up a sign with the word mama, one of the polarizing phrases from the video captured of George Floyd’s murder, during the tenth straight day of demonstrations in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A young boy holds as sign while standing on the roof of a car along Broadway as protesters move between Civic Center Park at the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters lay flowers in front of the veteran’s memorial in Liberty Park during the tenth straight day of unrest in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A woman circles the portait of Geoge Floyd at the base of the steps of the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters use a bull horn to get their messages across on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters gather at the Colorado State Capitol for the tenth day in a row after the murder of George Floyd on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

The Brothers of Brass band play on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol during the tenth day of protest in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

One protester calls for the end of police brutality as she shares her story at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters gather at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park to listen to individuals tell their stories of racism and calls to end police brutality on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A 16-year-old protester wipes tears from her eyes as she tells the gathered crowd her story at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters carrying signs and screaming chants start marching away from Civic Center Park in Denver as they take to the streets of the city for the second time on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters holds signs and scream chants as they march through the streets of downtown Denver for the second time on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Hundreds of protesters march down 15th St. carrying signs and screaming chants on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Two protesters walk together while marching down the 16th Street Mall in Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Hundreds of protesters kneel in the center of the 16th Street Mall in Denver as the chant “no justice, no peace” on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Hundreds of protesters kneel in the center of the 16th Street Mall in Denver as the chant “no justice, no peace” on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

A family watches with fists in the air as hundreds of protesters pass by marching through the streets of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Hundreds of protesters lay prone on the street during the second march through the city of Denver to protest police brutality and the murder of George Floyd and others on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Hundreds of protesters lay prone on the street during the second march through the city of Denver to protest police brutality and the murder of George Floyd and others on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Hundreds of protesters lay prone on the street during the second march through the city of Denver to protest police brutality and the murder of George Floyd and others on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

One protester screams out “mama” and “I can’t breathe” as hundreds lay prone or sit in the street during the second march through the city of Denver on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters holds signs and scream chants as they march through the streets of downtown Denver for the second time on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters holds signs and scream chants as they march through the streets of downtown Denver for the second time on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters holds signs and scream chants as they march through the streets of downtown Denver for the second time on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver for the second time on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters gather at the Colorado State Capitol as the protest continues into the evening hours on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters lay their signs on the steps of the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park as the protest continues into the evening hours of Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Protesters gather at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park as the protest continues into the evening hours on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Denver’s Seventh Day of Protests in Honor of George Floyd

Protesters wave signs while chanting “black lives matter” outside the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

The George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests continue in Denver, Colorado for the seventh day since the murder by a Minneapolis police office. There is so much to say but hopefully these images can speak for what is happening better than I could ever say it myself.

Other days of coverage of the protests can be found HERE and HERE

Students and faculty from the CU School of Medicine arrive at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver to join the protest in honor of George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Students and faculty from the CU School of Medicine stand on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver during the protest in honor of George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters wave signs while chanting “black lives matter” outside the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

One of the many protesters waiting to take to the streets of Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters wait outside the Colorado State Capitol before taking to the streets to march for the seventh day in a row on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters lay on the ground with their hands behind their backs for almost nine minutes to honor George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock speaks to protesters on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol after arriving at the demonstration on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Nate Smith talks with Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock as they leave the Colorado State Capitol to march through the streets of the city during the protest in honor of George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver in honor of George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters march through the streets of Denver in honor of George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters march down Speer Blvd. while passing a sign reminding Denverites that a curfew is still in effect on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock marches arm-in-arm with protesters as they make their way through the streets of downtown on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Jada Dixon marches with other protesters through downtown Denver to honor George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Brenden Matthews uses a bullhorn to lead a chant as he marches through downtown Denver along with Mayor Michael B. Hancock and thousands of others during the George Floyd protest on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Amro Eltayeb kneels with thousands of other protesters at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park in Denver on Wednesday,June 3, 2020.

Thousands of people fill up the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park in Denver during a protest honoring George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Kwan Atlas holds up a $20 bill while speaking of the murder of George Floyd at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Denver Sheriff’s Chief of Operations Elias Diggins raises his fist in the air as he stands next to Quincy Shannon during the protest in honor of George Floyd at the Greek Amphitheatre at Civic Center Park on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Thousands of people fill up the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park in Denver during a protest honoring George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Denver Public Safety Chief Murphy Robinson speaks during the Denver protest honoring George Floyd on Wednesday, June 1, 2020.

Kenny White reacts to a speech during the protest to honor George Floyd in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters hold hands in a show of solidarity during the demonstration honoring the murder of George Floyd at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

One of Denver’s civil rights leaders Alvertis Simmons speaks during the protest to honor George Floyd at the Greek Amphitheatre in Civic Center Park on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Thousands of protesters raise their fists into the air at the Greek Amphitheatre in Ciivc Center Park in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Shaina Ginesta lights a candle in front of the veteran’s memorial at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver during the protest to honor George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

A protester holds an upside down American flag with BLM as the sun sets in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

The sun sets over the protest in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

A woman from Sudan speaks about her experiences to protesters gathered at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters gather in downtown Denver Wednesday night on June 3, 2020.

Protesters link arms in unity as they gather after curfew in downtown Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters march past the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Two protesters hold hands as they walk in between traffic on Grant St. with thousands of others on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters chant as they march down Colfax Ave. in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters chant as they march down Colfax Ave. in Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

A protester holds up a black lives matter sign as others march past the Colorado State Capitol after curfew on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

One of the protest organizers uses a bullhorn to speak to thousands of people gathered on Lincoln St. after curfew on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

One of the protest organizers uses a bullhorn to speak to thousands of people gathered on Lincoln St. after curfew on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters light up their cell phones as they sit in the middle of Lincoln St. during a nine minute moment of silence to honor George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

A protester holds up a coexist flag as protesters fill Lincoln St. after the nightly curfew goes into effect on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Protesters sit in the middle of Lincoln St. in front of the Colorado State Capitol with their cell phones lit as they observe a nine minute moment of silence in honor of George Floyd on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Denver’s Fifth Day of Protests in Remembrance of George Floyd

A person holds up a Black Lives Matter sign as protestors start to gather at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver in remembrance of George Floyd and others on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

There is a lot that could be said but hopefully these photos will tell the story better than I ever could with words.  Black Lives Matter.

Other days of coverage of the protests can be found HERE and HERE

 

Protestors gather at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors gather at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors gather at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors take to the the streets of Denver after leaving the Colorado State Capitol on Monday, June 1, 2020. Thousands of people gathered throughout the afternoon to protest the murder of George Floyd.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors take to the the streets of Denver after leaving the Colorado State Capitol on Monday, June 1, 2020. Thousands of people gathered throughout the afternoon to protest the murder of George Floyd.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors move away from the Colorado State Capitol in Denver as they march through the streets of the city in remembrance of the murder of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors make their way through downtown Denver as they march to remember George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, center, marches alongside thousands of protestors as they make their way through the city on Monday, June 1, 2020. The protest in remembrance of George Floyd started at the steps of the Colorado State Capitol before moving out into the streets.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, left, marches alongside thousands of protestors as they make their way through the city on Monday, June 1, 2020. The protest in remembrance of George Floyd started at the steps of the Colorado State Capitol before moving out into the streets.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Officers from the Denver Police Department march alongside protestors as they make their way through the city on Monday, June 1, 2020. The crowd gathered at the steps of the Colorado State Capitol before taking to the streets to protest the killing of George Floyd.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, center, marches alongside thousands of protestor sas they make their way through the city on Monday, June 1, 2020. The protest in remembrance of George Floyd started at the steps of the Colorado State Capitol before moving out into the streets.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Denver Police officers walk arm in arm with protestors as they march through the city on Monday, June 1, 2020. This is the fifth day of protests in remembrance of George Floyd.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen,second right, marches alongside thousands of protestor sas they make their way through the city on Monday, June 1, 2020. The protest in remembrance of George Floyd started at the steps of the Colorado State Capitol before moving out into the streets.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, center, marches alongside thousands of protestor sas they make their way through the city on Monday, June 1, 2020. The protest in remembrance of George Floyd started at the steps of the Colorado State Capitol before moving out into the streets. Chief Pazen was joined by some of his officers.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, left, addresses a crowd of thousands of protestors in front of the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Monday, June 1, 2020 .Chief Pazen and some of his officers marched alongside the protestors as they made their way through the city.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Jaylen Vaughn holds his fist in the air as he marches with protestors through Denver in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Nate Smith holds up his fist as he chants during the protest to remember George Floyd as thousands march through the city of Denver on Monday, June 1, 2020. Some police officers, including Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen marched alongside the protestors.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors march down the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado carrying signs and chanting in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020. Thousands of people came out to demonstrate.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Kellian Conway holds up both hands as he chants “don’t shoot” while marching down the 16th Street Mall in Denver on Monday, June 1, 2020. Thousands of protestors cam out in remembrance of George Floyd who was murdered last week by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Crews work to board up windows for businesses along 16th Street Mall as protestors march past on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors march down the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado carrying signs and chanting in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020. Thousands of people came out to demonstrate.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors march down the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado carrying signs and chanting in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020. Thousands of people came out to demonstrate.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors march down the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado carrying signs and chanting in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020. Thousands of people came out to demonstrate.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors march down the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado carrying signs and chanting in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020. Thousands of people came out to demonstrate.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors return towards the Colorado State Capitol after marching through the streets of Denver with members of the Denver Police on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors return towards the Colorado State Capitol after marching through the streets of Denver with members of the Denver Police on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Julieta Torres, left, holds up a sign on the Colorado State Capitol lawn in Denver on Monday as thousands of protestors gather to remember George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Candles, flowers and photos of victims sit on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver as protestors speak out against police violence in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

A protestor burns sage on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol as a candlelight vigil is held in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Protestors gather at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Speeches are given on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver during a protest in remembrance of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver chant out slogans against violence during an event to remember George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors lay flowers and burn candles in front of photos of victims of violence including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and more at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Cera Samtistevan lays a bunch of burning sage in front of a picture of George Floyd during a protest at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Candles, flowers and photos of victims sit on the steps to the Colorado State Capitol in Denver during the vigil portion of a protest in honor of George Floyd on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors hold candles on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver during a vigil portion of the event on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors sit and take a knee during an eight minute moment of silence at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Quincy Shannon lays on the ground with his hands behind his back in front of the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver during an eight minute moment of silence to remember George Floyd and others on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protest organizers speak to a crowd of thousands on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Protestors at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver raise their fists in the air in a sign of solidarity on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo:Jonathan Phillips

Protestors end the event at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver with music and dancing after five hours of speeches and marching through the city on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

International Travel: The Quintessential Guide to Traveling to Oslo, Norway in December

Traveling the world is one of my favorite things to do. I love to immerse myself in new places and cultures different from my own and where I come from. Whether that be people, history, food or experiences, I want to dive head first into the places I am lucky enough to visit. The world is an immense place and with 195 countries in total there is a lot to see and do. This is my first trip to Scandinavia and of all things, to keep in the spirit of Christmas, I decided that December was the best time to go. The whole region is supposed to be beautiful during the summertime and that happens to be high-season, but I would argue that winter is the perfect time to explore. Although the major cities such as Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm are very much abuzz with activity, there aren’t the large crowds and lines that summer brings. If you want to visit museums or other major tourist attractions or smaller, lesser known parts of the city that only locals can point you to, then winter is your jam. Plus who doesn’t love snow on the ground and a chill in the air for Christmas?

Getting There, Getting Around and Places to Stay

I happen to be based in Denver, and traveling anywhere internationally involves some finagling and a bit of time travel. The easiest thing to do is to get to one of the coasts and then depart in earnest from there. For this trip, that involved a flight to JFK airport in New York, a layover in London, Heathrow and finally arriving in Oslo, Norway after a 32 hour travel day, or two, if you count leaving on the 25th and arriving the 26th… Once at Gardermoen Airport, with baggage in hand, there is just a quick train ride to Oslo Sentralstasjon in the heart of the city and that is where my adventure begins.

The FlytoGet Train is the easiest and cheapest way to get from the airport to the middle of Oslo. Coming out of customs, just follow the signs for the train and you wind up at a attended kiosk station that lets you buy tickets (196 NOK or $22 USD) for the direct train to downtown Oslo that leaves every 10 minutes from Track 2 or 3 usually, and only takes 19 minutes.

There are plenty of hotels and hostels throughout the city, but if you are planning on exploring a bunch or perhaps traveling to more than just Oslo, I would suggest Comfort Hotel Grand Central.  It’s located right inside the train station, the hotel rooms are clean, the staff, especially Hans Andreas and Mo, are amazing and the price won’t necessarily break the bank at $125 – $140 USD or 1,100 – 1,250 NOK (Norwegian Krone) a night. Of course there are cheaper options but I am a little older than I once was. I don’t need uber fancy, but I prefer my own room and bathroom at this point as well as the ability to lock said door with all of the camera equipment I travel with at any given time. That’s not to say bad things will happen, I just prefer the better safe than sorry attitude. This particular Comfort Hotel is also amazing because it puts you right on the main shopping district with straight shots to the Norwegian Parliament building and Oslo Cathedral as well as the most popular Winter Holiday Market in the city. It also has one of the main public transportation stops for both the tram and the bus system that can easily take you all around the city in a matter of minutes. One of the best breakfasts I’ve had while traveling is also included with the room. Fresh food each morning as well as some amazing additions such as ginger shots to keep up your immune system and Norwegian brown cheese, which is slightly sweet.  If you want something a little cheaper then you can check out either Saga Poshtel Oslo Central or Anker Hostel, both start around 495 NOK a night, or $56 USD.

Once settled, and depending on your length of stay, I would suggest considering the Oslo Pass. If you have the time, there is a Oslo Visitors Center right inside Central Station before you exit and a super convenient place to pick up said pass.  You can also go online and deal with it as well in a digital version. The pass is available (2020 Prices) for three different time periods, 24 hours (445 NOK or $50 USD), 48 hours (655 NOK or $74 USD) and 72 hours (820 NOK or $93 USD). Not only can it be used for all forms of public transportation within the city, including buses, trams and even ferries, there is a list of attached free museum and attraction entries as well as discounts on a number of other attractions, restaurants and more. Personally, I would say in order to make the pass worth it there should be about three activities per 24 hour period that you want to check out. Otherwise just pick up the varying one hour to seven day public transportation pass.

A Smattering of Things to Do and Places to See While in Oslo

 

There are plenty of things to do and see while in Oslo. Depending on the length of your stay you can definitely hit a variety of amazing experiences. Here’s what I did over a couple of days….

 

Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsparken)

The Vigeland Sculpture Park is chock full of sculptures from artist Gustav Vigeland. With more notable and famous sculptures such as The Angry Child, The Monolith and The Wheel of Life, the park is nestled within the larger Frogner Park. It is free and open to the public all year round and the easiest way to access it, at least from Oslo Central Station, is by the #12 tram. It is full of more than 200 bronze, granite and cast iron, mostly naked, sculptures from the artist and is one of the top tourist destinations with over a million visitors each year.

Take a Ferry from Aker Brygge to Hovedoya Island

Again take the #12 Tram from Central Station to Aker Brygge, the main transportation wharf for Oslo at City Hall, and grab the B1 ferry to Hovedoya Island, the first of five stops along the route that takes about eight minutes to get to but will take about an hour round trip so plan accordingly. Once on Hovedoya, take a stroll along the hiking trail that first leads you to an old cannon battery that overlooks some of the smaller islands. After taking in the views, follow the trail down to Hovedoya Beach (Playa de Hovedoya) to get an up-close look at the coastline before heading over to Hovedoya Kloster, the ruins of a centuries old monastery. This is a super popular destination during the spring and summer months, however, during my trip in December there were a total of six people on the entire island which was awesome for a chance to shed the bustling downtown atmosphere and get in a little solitude. Although it was overcast, there was a fresh layer of snow on the ground and the silence, outside of the crunching of my footsteps through the winter blanket, was a much needed reprieve.

Oslo Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

I love the #12 Tram. Take it from Central Station or hop on after visiting the islands at Aker Brygge, and ride it to the Solli stop. Get off and hop on a #30 bus to the Vikingskipshuset stop and viola, you’re there. Inside are three large viking ships found in various states of preservation from the late 800s to early 900s, as well as other artifacts found within the dig sites around Oslo. There’s a movie, Vikings Alive, which I highly recommend, that runs about every 20 minutes and is a visually immersive experience in one of the ship halls. Watch how a Viking ship is built, sails along the Norwegian fjords and the ocean, before ending its days as a grave ship for a king.

Oslo Opera House (Operahuset Oslo)

The Oslo Opera House is an architectural beauty both inside and out. A couple of minutes walk from Central Station, the building is glass and steel and right on the water. Make sure to take the time to walk up the slanted pathway to the roof to get some views of the city and fjord. But most of all, spend a few hours watching an actual performance. While there, I was able to grab a last minute ticket to watch a revamped, Kubrick-esque, telling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”. The sets were stunning and the performers voices were marvelous. With the help of a small screen attached to the chair in front of me, the Norwegian script was translated into English, but even without I could pretty much follow along the ages old story of a cannibalistic witch and the brother and sister duo who foiled its plot to devour them for a meal.

Food and Drink in Oslo

Like most European cities, there is a menagerie of places to eat and drink in Oslo. From fast food chains, that I am all too familiar with from my childhood and early adulthood, to classic Norwegian cuisine and everything in between. Let me say, first and foremost, I love to dive into a country’s traditional food scene. Trying dishes that I haven’t had the opportunity to taste before excites me and in my opinion there is no better way than to explore a new country than through its food.

I have a couple of recommendations that I highly suggest, and will get there, but first I need to tell you that pizza is a thing in Oslo. There are way too many places to grab a personal sized pie and my first thought was “seriously?” On the outset I did not come to Norway to eat Italian food. A little miffed, I was forced, because of timing and poor planning, to resign myself to eating a pie (if I am to be honest, actually two) one night at Cafe Cathedral. But Norway, first let me apologize because I stand corrected.  The super thin and crunchy crust from a wood burning oven topped with locally smoked salmon or the razor thin sliced reindeer meat with buffalo mozzarella are two of the best pizzas I have ever had the opportunity to shove into my mouth.

Now on to more traditional Norwegian fare….

Vaaghals

If you love food like I do then there are few places better to offer up a multi-course, Norwegian-born tasting menu within Oslo than this restaurant. Intimate dining with an open kitchen concept that allows views of the three chefs preparing dishes. I recommend the seven course Skifte which includes starters of meats and cheeses, rising through fish and pastas to the main course and then desert followed by coffee and small petit fours.  The meal will cost 725 NOK or around $80 USD. A wine pairing can be tacked on for another 695 NOK with five selected and procured vintages that bring out even more flavor in each course. Don’t feel like wine? Well gin is also a thing in Norway, and the bar program is well stocked with local distilleries as well as a smart selection of tonics. My suggestion, pick your gin and let your bartender pair up the tonic.

Himkok

Prefer a more liquid diet while traveling? Himkok is a hidden away speakeasy with no signage per se. Just a blue light above the non-descript wooden door and a small stamp with the letter H entwined by a snake are all that tell passersby that something lies hidden beyond. Walk inside though and a moodily lit room greets you as well a friendly cocktail expert. You are handed a book of drink descriptions and your libation experience begins. Himkok distills their own gin, vodka and aquavit, a grappa-like alcohol specific to Scandinavia, and they pair these with Nordic ingredients like pine and lingonberry to make some truly wonderful cocktails that are hard to find elsewhere.

The Winter Holiday Market Experience

Oslo has plenty of holiday markets and December is the perfect time to celebrate a Scandinavian winter and look for a gift for a loved one. The experience of walking past stalls stuffed with woolen hats, gloves and socks, glass ornaments, meats like moose and reindeer and local cheeses is a fun way to pass an evening. And then there’s the glogg. Sweet, hot, delicious glogg. Mulled wine and port mixed with clove, cardamom and cinnamon in a steaming cup warms the heart on a cold winter’s night. One of the most popular winter markets in all of Oslo is a short jaunt up Karl Johans Gate near the Spikersuppa ice skating rink. The park and rink are transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, a carousel, ferris wheel, merchant stalls, a pair of bantering, Norwegian-speaking moose heads and the outdoor rink.  Although I packed plenty of warm clothes, I couldn’t pass up a fleece lined woolen hat and a couple of cups of glogg as I watched people ice skate around statues and Christmas lights. With new hat in place, I warmed myself further, sitting next to an open pit wood fire listening to those bantering moose for a bit before making my way to Sir Winston’s Public House for a pint of delicious Carlsburg beer to cap off the night.

 

Small Business Portraits

I am really excited with the results of some portraits for two small business owners that I photographed recently. Richard Escobedo is a real estate agent working in the Denver area and Christina Bekhova runs an event planning agency also based in Denver. Both recently approached me about getting updated headshots and, as a small business owner myself, I am more than happy to oblige. If you’re a professional living and working in the Denver area, a great portrait really helps let you stand out from the crowd.  Feel like it’s time to update your headshots? Please feel free to reach out!

2019 1940s White Christmas Ball

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Denver and to start off the holiday season I put on my fanciest digs and headed downtown to attend the 1940s White Christmas Ball! This is by far, one of my most favorite events in the Mile High City. I’ve had a chance to check out the World War II era ball thrown each summer in Boulder as well. I must say it did not disappoint. There were big bands, impersonators, dancers, food, singers, “gambling”, photo sets from It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, shopping, a balloon drop and much, much more.  Attendees dressed in their finest 40’s attire, hair was fine tuned with curls upon curls and the magic of Christmas came to life in a big way!

Daughter Thai Kitchen & Bar

Khao Soi is probably my favorite Thai dish of all time. It stems from the Chiang Mai province in the northern part of the country and it is absolutely, 100 percent delicious. For the past two and a half years, I have pined after the dish that stole my heart and although some restaurants have come close, it seems I was relegated to making it myself, until now. Daughter Thai Kitchen & Bar in the Highlands has some of the most authentic dishes I have tasted in the Denver area, and not just northern dishes, but from all over the country of Thailand. Whole stripped bass that has been deep fried from the south, of course the khao soi from the north, but also kang ped duck, lamb massaman curry and kai kem poo (crab meat) to name just a few more. A native of Thailand, Ounjit Hardacre Prior heads up the kitchen as the executive chef. The bar program is also stocked with fun, bright and colorful cocktails that, not only have playful names, but excite the taste buds with complementary flavors.

Somebody People

Taken from the lyrics for David Bowie’s “Five Years”, Somebody People opened its doors off of South Broadway in the Platt Park neighborhood of Denver. Touted as a vegetable-forward dining experience, owners Sam and Tricia Maher, have created bright and in-depth dishes using whole vegetables. The flavors don’t just appeal to the vegetarian and vegan-minded as the creative plates and fun atmosphere can even have a meat lover in vegetable heaven. Dishes such as grilled romaine, oyster mushrooms and funghetto are on the menu. The restaurant also follows a zero waste initiative, which means no disposable containers. So if you are looking for a cup of coffee to go, which they offer, you’ll need to bring your own mug.

American Elm

American Elm is a neighborhood bar and eatery in the West Highland neighborhood of Denver serving up elevated American cuisine. The bistro, owned by Bob Reiter, is styled after his time spent in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and is named after the giant elm tree that resides on the property of the restaurant. The food program is run by Executive Chef Brent Turnipseede, previously of Guard & Grace fame, while the bar is headed up by Jesse Torres, who came over from Poka Lola. The restaurant serves up elevated favorites like steak frites, seared scallops and bucatini carbonara in a relaxed atmosphere. The space inside is a great place to grab a meal but the main attraction is spending some time under the branches of the giant American Elm.

2019 Supernova Digital Animation Festival

I’ve been a fan of digital animation since I was a child. Many a Saturday morning was spent watching cartoons and many a late night in college, and afterwards, spent watching anime.  So it was with great joy that I found the Supernova Digital Animation Festival coming to Denver. Artists from all over submitted their entries and the resulting short films were simultaneously broadcast on large screens throughout the cities of Denver and Toledo.  Denver in particular had numerous locations where passersby could stop and watch the films. The 16th Street Mall, Denver Performing Arts Complex, and the Denver Convention Center were just some of the stops, as well as Next Stage, and different areas along Champa and California streets. The festival also brought students, amateurs and professionals together all for the love of digital animation.

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