06.03.2010 - 07.03.2010 26 °F
...every single day, Do not wait until it is past until discovering that it was good! Do not place your happiness in the days to come. The older we get, the more we feel that the enjoyment of the moment is a state of grace, a Golden Gift. Marie Curie
I found this quote on a postcard today and it sums up my feelings totally.
It's been a good trip to Oslo. Had a good time on the MS Innvik last night. Enjoyed a couple of beers with some locals and non-locals. I did call it an early night though as the headaches are horrid. I think it's the cold, or maybe I am trying to come down with something but everytime I step out side, my head begins to throb.
Yesterday (day 2), I put off leaving in the morning watching the fog roll off the bay. When I finally headed out, I wandered around town and browsed in the shops and stores a bit. I made my way out to Vigeland sculpture park and took my time exploring and pondering on the statues. There was a brief moment that tears came to my eyes....I'm not certain why, but the sculptures are very moving. The vision of the human connection was very powerful for me. I managed to get a few photos before my battery died:
I found a great little bakery and enjoyed a wonderful apple/walnut muffin mid-day. It's important in Oslo in March to take frequent breaks for coffee to warm yourself up. At least, that's my excuse!
I was determined to spend some money and did a little more shopping in the shops. Unfortunately, I came out empty handed. Perhaps this is actually fortunate!
I enjoyed great conversation and a couple of overpriced beers (along with a salad) at a cute local bar, The Broker. I am horrible and can't for the life of me remember the name of the man I was chatting with....
Today (day 3)
I enjoyed breakfast conversation with a Belgian. He had lots of advice for exploring Norway (in warmer weather). He lives part time here in Oslo and the other part in Brussels. A trucker by trade and like the rest of those that I have met during this trip, very friendly.
I wandered around a bit more, actually hoping to do some shopping since I was unsuccessful yesterday....only to find out that it's the same in Norway as it is in Germany....EVERYTHING is closed on Sundays! So, I just meandered around until I was too cold and found my way back to the MS Innvik for some internet time. I did manage to find the little bakery from yesterday for another muffin!
I think I am Oslo (ed) out for now....
PS: Additional pics in the gallery.