>If I'm Greta Waitz, I'm having some pretty mixed
>feelings about the statue.
In case you're wondering, no, I don't know the good-looking blonde in front of the statue, nor was I trying to get her in the picture. In Oslo, if you take pictures, you constantly run the risk that a beautiful blonde will randomly walk in front of your camera. (Ladies, the place is also crawling with hunky guys.) I later saw her inside the stadium.
Without wanting to start a political conversation (please don't), the Norwegians tend to share my liberal leanings and my love of good mass transit. I told my friend, "They have socialized medicine; they have a great rail system; the women are beautiful ... and the beautiful women go to track meets! It's an ideal society!"
If you go to the renewed Bislett, there is bar right across the street from the stadium that I recommend for pre-meet beers. Can't remember the name, but you'll spot it. But a warning: Oslo is also one of the most expensive cities in the world, and beers will run you about $8 a pop. I kid you not. We never even contemplated getting a pitcher.