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Day 90: First week in Norway

July 13th, 2011

The problem with family is that they have records of you that even you may not remember.

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(This is my cousin’s reel from 1978 with me when I was about 3 years old.)

Yesterday, my cousin’s wife threw a 5 kilo (~11 lbs) bag of rice onto her shoulder with the motion that one would use to swat at a fly buzzing over one’s shoulder. I didn’t even think much about it until later when I realized that the bag of rice was the size of my torso. And she had thrown it over her shoulder like I’d throw my face towel over my shoulder. She says it’s nothing, really. I’m learning that is a Norwegian thing, actually. They’re extremely mild-mannered people with quiet voices and and enormous amount of perseverance, patience, and strength. You can even sense it in how they drive and the way traffic flows. Of course, they have a lot of space/land and are a wealthy nation so maybe it’s become part of their culture to not have to fight for things. I’m sure there are a lot of other factors and I’ve only been here about a week so who am I to generalize but still…

I can’t describe, in words, the natural beauty that abounds here in the summer. At least, outside of the city. The pictures may give you a taste but you really have to come here and enjoy the smells of the freshness as well. Of course, the weather is a little unpredictable. It’s gone from 10 degrees C to 24 and sunny to pouring rain all in a matter of minutes. It helps build character and resilience, I guess.

Of course, we’ve also visited the city of Oslo. It is a surprisingly multi-cultural city. I went to an area of downtown (Sentrum) Oslo where I heard 6 different languages being spoken when I was standing in one spot for less than a minute.

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I also spent a lot of time taking pictures at the Vigeland sculpture park. Here are a few of those pictures and you can get all the Norway pictures on Flickr.

In case you missed it, I also updated back-dated posts for Tallinn, Göteborg, and Grenen.

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  1. jason
    July 14th, 2011 at 00:48 | #1

    So glad you’re in Oslo. Not because it’s not somewhere else but just because it really is a rather special place. Vigeland is great and I have a lot of pictures from there. Perhaps the one thing I really liked and remember about Norway are the statues of people. Not exceptional people, but ordinary people doing ordinary things. Any culture that celebrates this is remarkable. Or maybe this is just my attitude because I live somewhere where just living, doing good, spending time with family, isn’t worthy enough to be publicly promoted. Seriously, you can’t even get people to put trash in the right places. How is it being with family after travelling for so long and making acquaintances?

  2. Vicki
    July 19th, 2011 at 20:13 | #2

    Norway looks beautiful! I hope you’re having a great time.
    We are doing well. Playing with our silly goofball.

  3. from SD
    July 23rd, 2011 at 01:26 | #3

    Those are beautiful green landscapes!
    Through your pictures, I could find stunning and spectacular scenery.
    Norway must be one of the most visually impressive countries in the world.
    I love their sculptures and architecture.
    Those sculptures tell me how much Norwegians treasure human relationships.

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