It was time to leave Nesna, but we didn't go straight to Poland. Agata and I have spent weekend in Oslo, not only to see the capital city, but also to participate in celebration of the 17th of May - it's a national day in Norway and also in this year it was the 200th anniversary of the Implementation of the Constitution. During this time the main street - Karl Johans gate was absolutely crowded, but it was an unforgettable experience to take part in such an event. We arrived in early morning, left our luggage in a hostel, and went straight to the parade ;)
Here is the Royal Palace, where the parade ends.
Dozens of people wore Bunader or other traditional costumes.
In the parade took part hundreds of kids. They have a special role in this event, as the great part of the celebration is especially dedicated to them. During the children's parades they are marching, waving the Norwegian flag and carrying school banners.
The Grand Hotel
Karl Johans Gate
The royal family members waving back from the balcony at the Royal Palace ;)
When we went back to the hostel in the afternoon, the receptionist has treated the guests to a cake ;)
I have to admit, it was awesome. What I liked most - people were really happy about this day! They were spending time with their families, going out, wearing traditional attires, participating celebrations, and were not ashamed of that! It's good to be proud of your history and your country. Obviously, I was just a tourist and observer in Oslo, but I hope we could celebrate our national days in Poland in similar way - cheerfully, surrounded with our relatives, happy about our achievements, and without any political quarrels in the media (at least for one day! ;))