Museums, Fjords, and Grandparents
We picked up Grandma and Grandpa for the second time on the trip in Oslo in Norway. Our first day in Oslo consisted of picking up Grandma and Grandpa, opening bouncy ball packs they brought, and eating frozen dinners.
The next day was a museum day. This museum day was very different from the last ones we have gone on. The first museum we went to was the Natural History Museum. This museum contained a large variety of fossils, rocks, and old taxidermy. They even had a stuffed, Tasmanian Tiger and a Great Auk, which went extinct in 1844.
Next up we went to the Fram museum. The Fram was one of Norway’s Arctic explorer ships and probably one of the most famous out of all the Arctic explorer ships. On the Fram’s first and most important voyage, it did something along the lines of drifting in the Arctic for three years. Surprisingly these voyages weren’t entirely exploring related. There were quite a few scientific studies involved that may have been more important than the explorer aspect. The biggest thing that surprised me about the Fram was that the inside was very luxurious for the time it was built. All the higher-ups had their own rooms while some of the lower level people had to share rooms with bunks. For a boat of no more than thirty people, it would have been quite enjoyable.
After the Fram, we went to the Kon-Tiki. The Kon-Tiki was an experiment to see if the natives in South America could have sailed to South Pacific Islands with their native materials. The Kon-Tiki did make it across to the islands, proving that the South Americans could have indeed made it to the islands.
When we had finished two boat museums, we went to another boat museum, This time it was on Viking ships. The Viking ships we saw were burial ships from a thousand years ago and were used for the burials of important persons. The only thing left of the ships was the wooden outsides that had partially rotted away.
And then we went to even another museum, the Norske Folk Museum. This time it was more of a park than a museum and was filled with historical buildings from Sweden including a Knave church. It was raining and was closed, but you could still walk around the outside. The last thing we did that day was go to a statue park. It was all done by the same guy, Gustav Vigeland and was very strange. All the statues were naked, a lot of the statues were deformed, and many were fighting. Some even had aggressive babies, and one had an old guy who was punting babies into the air. Probably the creepiest one was a big column right in the middle of the park that was a bunch of sculpted dead bodies of all ages being piled on top of each other. Grandpa also said this park was one of the only things he remembered from the last time he visited Oslo when he was in college.
The next day we got a train headed towards Bergen. The route the train was taking was blocked by landslides, so it caused quite an inconvenience. We had to get onto another train that took us to a boat that then took us to a bus that took us to another train. The first day in Bergen we just went out to eat. We went to a hotdog/sausage stand that had around 30 different kinds of them. We also went to a fast-food fish restaurant that no one ate at besides Grandma and Dad. But, at the fish place there was a drink People liked. It was just black currant juice, but we always ended up going just for the drinks. I wasn’t a fan. Another thing about Norway is they are one of the three countries that can legally hunt whale, along with Japan and Iceland. That meant that in the street markets near the shore they were selling lots of whale meat. Norway hunts around 1200 whales per year.
The second day was a school day, so we didn’t do much. Mac, Grandma, and Grandpa, went to some museums. It also was raining hard that day.
The last day we were in Bergen we went on a sightseeing boat. We were going to go the day before, but the boat was filled when we got there. It took us down the main bay of Bergen and into the fjords. The boat also took us close to a town kind of smack down in the middle of the river. This town was strange. It was renowned for being the richest-smallest town in Norway. It had electricity, and all of the houses were large, expensive, modern houses. Almost all of them had yachts, so I guess that also helps. On the way back we all played Scum, or as some would call it, President. Scum was the one card game we played the entire time Grandma and Grandpa were visiting us. After we had finished with the boat, we went to go grab our bags as we soon needed to leave for Stockholm. When we got our bags, we went to a Gondola that would take us up to a hill that overlooked all of Bergen. The view was really good, but made Bergen look small for being the second biggest city in Norway. When we finished and took the gondola back down, we had to hurry to make sure we made our plane to Stockholm.