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  • Day14

    The graveyard, Ibsen and the river

    September 5, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    People by themselves doing their things in peace and solitude. Sunbathing, reading, listening to music, thinking. This is Oslo’s graveyard population. Nature and vast spaces makes it great for a sunny day like today. Munch and Ibsen are buried here.

    I came across Ibsen during this trip, and fell in love with what I heard about him. I will read some of his writings sometimes soon but I hope to actually attend a play! Irreverent, sharp and provocative. Poverty, psychological problems, and social rules are the main themes. His grave has a hammer symbol, representing the society falsity breaker.

    After the graveyard, I head towards the river where I find a thriving community of artists. Greenhouses cafes, riverside wooden meetup points, graffiti and street art. Oslo rules!
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  • Day14

    National Gallery

    September 5, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today I am wearing my guilty pleasure: an animal print shirt got here. I promised myself I would only buy neutral colours in the second half of 2018- so I could wear all my fancy accessories, but I have a date with Munch.

    The museum is one floor only; they are building a new museum for 2020 with 8 floors. Half of the floor is negligible renaissance stuff, cannot even understand the point.
    I also end up finding a self portrait of Van Gogh sitting there all alone: what’s it doing there? 🤷🏽‍♀️
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  • Day13

    Norway flowers top 5

    September 4, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    I was never interested in flowers per se. They are pretty and I enjoy receiving them, but they represent to me nothing more than a special gift of social appreciation.

    What happened in Norway? I don’t know. I found myself noticing all these flowers as if they were rarities: never seen so many varieties and so many healthy flowers. It must be the humidity that makes them so beautiful?
    I even felt the urge to get an app to classify them (I know, I get an app for everything!).

    This is the top 6 of what I found wandering around..
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  • Day13

    Oslo off the main road

    September 4, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    There’s no separate bike lanes in most of Oslo. As a matter of facts there’s almost no bike trails at all. I find myself biking in a city that is not equipped for it: cobblestone streets, running along with cars that don’t respect your space, riding in pedestrian areas together with trolleys.

    On my way back, I decide to go off the main roads and a whole new Oslo opens up.
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  • Day13

    The statues park (Vigelandsanlegget)

    September 4, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Vigeland’s park is a magic place: more than 200 statues in a wonderful outdoor location outside the city center.
    Most of the statues are mysterious. The intention was to represent the lifecycle of human beings and I think of Munch.Read more

  • Day12

    Oslo's port and The dinner

    September 3, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    That’s it, it was about the time. The dinner with capital letters: The Lobster. Mouthwatering specialty with butter and spices. Heavenly.

    The view from the port is teasing me to visit other clefts of the sea shore: there is a castle, boats, walking sides, people biking and other restaurants in the proximity. Tomorrow.

    Thank the Universe no tourist traps so far: authenticity runs through my veins as it’s all I had for drinks today.
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  • Day12

    A stroll in Oslo downtown

    September 3, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I don’t understand Oslo. Is it a town? Metropolis? Does it have a modern spirt or is there a strong tradition?

    Monarchy, social state, freedom of sexual orientation, formal manners, Renzo Piano parks and buildings, royal palace and ancient theatres, nature, vikings lore, stave churches..

    I am pleasingly intrigued by this cognitive dissonance and wander around like a truffle-dog.
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  • Day11

    The city of oil (Stavanger)

    September 2, 2018 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    I was expecting to meet the personification of an industrial swamp, with clubs and bars for oil workers’ amusement. But no. Stavanger has its own rich history way before oil changed the nation and the city forever (50% of the canned sardines were produced here! 🤣🤣).

    The place is a stunning architectural beauty, by day and by night. I am ecstatic.

    The oil museum shocks me thoroughly.. food for thoughts.
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  • Day10

    Hiking Arnianipa and goodbye Bergen

    September 1, 2018 in Norway ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    Cold cheeks and warm heart. I hear myself breathing and the wind running through the forest.
    Goats nibbling.
    My guide takes my pace, he’s smart and caring.
    We reach the top and I can’t believe I made up here. With a headache, aching knees, sore feet and back pain, but I reach the top 🙏🏽

    Goodbye Bergen!
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