Now most people have been to Ikea. Some Ikeas even have public transport that will take you there and back but you must be mindful of what you bring back on the bus or the bus driver will give you a funny look and maybe not let you on. I know this because I have taken a set of wooden shelves on the bus in Cambridge (these weren’t from Ikea though).
In Oslo many people live in the city centre area in flats. There are two Ikeas in Oslo (yes that’s right – two Ikeas!) and there is a free bus to them both. Now because Ikea has free parking some people use the free bus as a free park and ride into Oslo centre and transport home from the airport (Ikea don’t seem to mind). But some people are genuinely going to Ikea to go shopping and come back with brown paper and blue Ikea bags which they then merrily carry home to their flats. I’ve been to both Ikeas since arriving in Oslo and carried things home on the free bus and then not so free tram. I even bought a mattress and paid to have it delivered (if you’ve read the post about Norwegian queuing, there was some queuing involved in this process).
However some people feel that a couple of bags are not sufficient to take on the bus. After all the bus is free, so why not take a bed home on it. Yes, you did read correctly and if I could work out how to connect my mobile to my computer you could have a photo of it.
So next time you are in the big blue warehouse, having driven there in your car, think about those people who took a bed home on the free bus.