Trip Start May 07, 2005
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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

We flew into Oslo with no plans for where to stay. This was the first time in our entire trip where we had not previously booked a room. It was easy -- we went to the tourist information point and they booked us a cheap but nice room.

Like all of Norway and much of Scandinavia, Oslo was expensive. We bought all of our food from grocery stores and reminded ourselves of how we would live high on the hog once we got to a cheap country.

We saw the Viking ship museum. It has three well preserved ships and talked a bit about Viking history. We went to the open air museum where they had moved many old buildings from the countryside. After spending two weeks in the countryside we weren't as impressed. One thing I really liked was an old fuel station, perhaps from the 50's. While we were sitting there an employee drove up on a lawn mower or something and proceeded to fill his tank from the fuel pump! They made it a working pump!? Why?

The best was a large park. It had the usual shady spots and playgrounds, but it also had hundreds of statues done by somebody famous who I don't remember now that I am writing this a month later. The statues were beautiful and striking, all of people or humanoids, and most larger than life.

We also went to a museum. I think it was the national museum but it might have been the city museum. It was great! It was free, a welcome relief and had many famous works of art. I recognized many of the artists (like Gaugin, Edvard Munch, and Picasso) but it had two works that I actually recognized. They were Rodin's Thinker and Edvard Munch's Scream. For an art ignoramus like myself it was amazing to run into these famous pieces by accident in a free museum. I've tried to find the name of this museum no the internet. The two names that keep coming up are the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which is obviously wrong) and the Edvard Munch museum. It was not the Munch museum, I am certain. We considered going to that museum after seeing Scream. Perhaps after it was stolen and recovered in 2004 they moved it to a more secure museum. Anyway, it was cool.

On our last day we arrived at the train station a few hours early and read books. For dinner we ate a liter of ice cream.
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