I spent the weekend in Oslo. It’s not one of my favorite cities in any way and very expensive, but I haven’t been there for some years and it felt good to be back.
Before arriving, I wondered if I would notice any changes due to the terrorist attack last summer and the ongoing trial. I noticed banners saying “The city remembers” already at the central station, and the site where the bombing took place felt like a silent beacon.
The car bomb exploded at Regjeringskvartalet, the government quarter of Norway. The powerful blast was heard 7 kilometres away. Almost one year after the attack, many windows still have wooden replacements. The trial has ben going on for two months and the local press features a page every day with the latest developments.
I generally don’t encourage “catastrophe tourism”, but visiting the site gives a powerful emotional response of the terrible tragedy.