Vigelandsparken, Oslo, Norway

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The Vigeland park is a part of the Frogner park in Oslo, Norway. It is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. In this case, Gustav Vigeland. There are more than 200 sculptures in the park made from granite, bronze and wrought iron. Vigeland took part in the layout and architectural design of the park as well. The park was completed between 1939 and 1949, although some of the sculptures are older than this. The park has a 850 metres long axis and the sculptures are mainly in 4 groups along this axis; the Main gate, the Bridge, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.

Vigeland (1869-1943) came from the town of Mandal, but was sent to school in Oslo as a youth to learn wood carving. When his father died suddenly he came back to Mandal to help his family. He returned to Oslo i 1888. During the years 1891 -1896 he went on several trips abroad and found inspiration from these trips. He work reflects his inspirtion found in the themes of death and the relationship between man and woman.
There was some dispute as to where his grand Fountain should be placed, but in the end it was agreed that it should be in the Frogner park. The other installations followed.  Gustav Vigeland was in his time regarded as the most talented of Norwegian sculptors and had numerous commisions for sculptures and busts.

The Monolith is perhaps the most known of this works in granite in the Vigeland park. At least it’s the one I’ve hard most about. The Monolith itself contains 121 figures and is carved out of one block of grainte, hence the name. Mono = one and litho = stone. The height of the Monolith itself is 17.3m. The Monolith is situated at the highest plateu of the Vigeland park. In addtition to the Monolith there are 36 figure groups on the monolith plateu. The theme is the circle of life and depiction typical human situations and relationships.

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The Fountain has the longest story of any of the installations in the park. Starting back in 1906 and being completed in 1936. The installation of the Fountain itself wasn’t completed untill 1947, after Vigelands death. The 20 tree groups tells about life from cradle to grave while the reliefs along the side of the fountain tells about the enternal lifecycle of mankind.

 

The bridge has 58 sculptures in bronze, is 100m long and 15m wide. It was the first to be installed in the park, but the last to be designed by Vigeland. The bronze sculptures depicts the relationships between man and woman, adults and children. The most popular and well known is Sinnataggen – little Angry boy. Although he is far from the biggest sculpture, nor the easiest to spot.

If you ever visit Oslo, I reccomend a trip to the Frogner park, and the Vigeland park in particular. It is open all year round and has no entrance fee. It is an open public park. Even if you aren’t all that into the art itself, it is a very nice walk.

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Why I don’t travel much at the moment

So I decided to make a blog post illustrating why I don’t travel much at the moment, which of course is linked to why I don’t blog much either. It isn’t much to write about in a travel blog when you’re not getting anywhere. I know this situation will be different in a couple of years but also hope do do a fair bit of travelling before that. However I probably have to stick to shorter travels both in durance and distance.

OK, so here it is; a day in my life (please click on the photos to read the text)

 

Obviously not every day is like this. Some days I get up at 4 in the morning istead, some days I only have school (meaning I’m home somewhere between 18 and 20 in the evening) and sometimes I’m lucky and only have work.
I also work every 3rd weekend, being away from home for about 10 hours those days doesn’t leave much left of the weekend. Then there are a few days that I’m not working and not at the school, and maybe I don’t even have to study much. However spending that rare day off (about 1 day a week on average) travelling isn’t a priority. My dogs are!
There will be more time off in the near future, but for now this is my life.

Childhood dream travels

Ever since I was a fairly young child there has been some places on this globe I would loveto visit. So far I have not visited any of them. I wonder if I, together with my soon to be husband, will manage to visit some of them the next decade? I sure hope so!

So how was it that a Norwegian child of about 8-12 years old dreams about travels way beyond the normal tourist routes? The short and simple answer is that I’ve always loved maps. I spendt hours upon hours dream traveling around the world Atlas together with my parternal grandfather. Some places fascinated me by their history and some by their current cultures as well as their history, some by their animal life aboundancy and one place because the nations flag was my favourite of all the flags of the world.

I’ve been lucky that my parents from fairly early in my childhood took me to visit other countries and cultures. Opened my eyes to the world of travel. As a 9 year old I went on my first chartered vaccation. At that time this was not a mainstreem vaccation for the children from my birthplace. We later went to places that only recently had opened for charter visit and/or drove through Europe.

Iceland
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Viking history, fascinating geography. The history of Vestmannaeyjar and Surtsey was one I grew up with. Europe’s larges glacier, geysirs, hot springs, vulcanos. What’s not to love? At least for me this was a dream place to visit, alas my family couldn’t agree less. So Iceland is still high up on my wanderlist. We need more than one visit to cover all we want to explore on this Island.

 

Kiribati

The prettiest flag in the world. Or so I thought as a fairly young child. Back then I first never thought about actually visiting this Island country in polynesia. However I’ve never forgotten the flag and I’d like to see some parts of polynesia so why not Kiribati?

 

Mongolia

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Photo by www.interasia.com.au


Land of the wild horses and the horse people! Land of Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan. As many young girls I too loved horses. The horse culture of the Mongols fascinated me. Luckilly they still have parts of this culture and I’d love to visit this beautiful and exotic country one day. And of course I hope to go horse back riding there as well.

 
Rapa Nui

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Easter Island with it’s characteristic moai statues and fascinating, yet strange with a Norwegian’s eyes, history. I wanted to visit this island ever since I first heard of it. It will be combined with a week in Chile if we ever get there.

 

 

Ngorngoro crater

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Safari in Kenya and Tanzania is like a dreamworld for any animal lover. Since my childhood I’ve gotten an education in biology (terrestric zoology and ecology with additons in genetics). I have been to Uganda once, back in 2001. It was a trip with the University of Bergen where I studied at the time. But it isn’t Ngorongoro, I didn’t see Killimanjaro and not the big herds. So I still want to go! And of course I want to visit many more places if we ever go.

 

and many, many more entered the list as I got to learn about them. But these are the ones I can remember that I have wanted to visit for the longest.

As one who has studied biology and of course evolution as a major driving force in biological change I of course want to visit the Galapagos Islands, and think they deserve a mentiono here as well. I want to see some of what Charles Darwin saw back in September – October 1835, soon to be 181 years ago.
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Hello world!

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This is us on Christmas eve after running the dogs. Not a very white Christmas this year.

In this blog I will write bits and pieces about our travels. Both short travels like hikes in the near by areas and longer travels abroad.  We love to spend time with our dogs in nature. If you don’t like seeing dogs and animals this probably isn’t a good blog for you. I will try to limit the photos of our own dogs in this blog, as our dogs have their own blog and website.

Most of our travels will be in areas were our focus are animals, nature or history. But sometimes we will visist a bigger city as well.

Just to get started off I will make a few short blogposts about our past travels together. The future travels will be better presented as they will be written more or less as they happen instead of a summary after the fact.

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Fjellbris and Denali. Daughter and mother. The two dogs that accompanied me on my first date with Truls

But first a short introduction to how we came to be.

Until the autumn of 2013 I lived a life as a single woman. Passing the 12th year in a row. Then this person in a forum about pretty much everything made contact with me. I thought he was funny and soon discovered we had a lot of shared interest, and the same view of all the bigger issues in life, and most of the smaller ones too. We’ve talked every single day from the first message that was sent.

Our first date was a hike near Frognerseteren  in Oslo were he lived, born and raised for generations.  I brought along two of my dogs. It was rather evident that hiking with dogs hadn’t been his main occupation, but we had fun. It was the wee beginning of us. Since then we’ve hiked many kilometres with dogs.

Within a year he asked me to marry him, and I said yes. It was a very nice spur of the moment proposal. Later I got a wonderful ring as a proof of our engagement.

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My beautiful engagement ring

We’ve lived together more or less since the summer of 2014, and since the 1st of December 2014 we have shared the same address officially.

The 4th of June 2016 we will be joined in marriage. We both look forward to that day and to the rest of our lives together.