Yesterday was the day I set out an adventure to see the Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum. There is probably nobody else weird enough to want to see it with me so I went on my own. Em and I planned to see it while she was here but we ran out of time. The museum is 17 km outside of the city center in a place called Salhus. Unfortunately because it was a Sunday it turned out one of the buses I needed to get out there was not running. I began walking the rest of the way but when the sidewalk just ended, it looked too dangerous to walk on the side of the road and I admitted defeat. I will have to save it for another day. Here are some photos I took while I walked.
1. I am reading "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. After em told me that "Atlas Shrugged" is considered to be the second most important book in the Library of Congress, I thought I should see what all the fuss is about. Even if I am not a promoter of laissez faire capitalism, far from it, like Ms. Rand, it is interesting to see things from another perspective. Plus, frankly, the story and the writing really suck you in and thank god because it's over 700 hundred pages long! 2. There is an American flute player here this week. Rebecca and I showed her around Bryggen a bit on Sunday and I told her about the school. She seems really nice and shares my new love for knitting. She also makes piccolos which I think is so cool! 3. I really lucked out because two of my friends happened to be giving away some really nice clothes and household items that they didn't want anymore. I scored 6 nice pairs of pants, some rain pants, a toaster and some really nice shirts! So exciting. It's probably close to 700 to 1000 dollars worth of clothes! I am definitely going to have to get rid of some of my own old clothes to make room for it all! 4. go Alycia and Matt! http://wiki.brokenja.ws/node/4 Wish I could be there to hear all the great insights you will share. 5. I wanna see this
As a person who had two grandparents who contracted polio, and is extremely glad it is a disease that has been eradicated, I am all for vaccines! Let's listen to doctors and scientists when it comes to our health and not Jenny McCarthy!
Hello! As you can see below I have posted several pictures, however, due to my limited blogging skills I was having some trouble putting captions underneath to indicate what exactly is going on which is sometimes not so clear. I may go back and try to figure out the formatting, but for now I will just say that Em came to visit me and we did a lot! We went to several museums including the science museum which is where the silliest pictures were taken(i.e ball floating in my hand, and me jumping a rope courtesy of a very cute robot), saw Danish bohemians perform with puppets, hung out with penguins,went up a mountain on a small train, posed with large gnomes, and ate a lot of bread and cheese. Many games of scrabble were played and on my side mostly lost. It was a good time.
The museums were pretty rad. Saw some modern art, old viking ships, learned about Antarctica expeditions, Darwin´s five year excursion to the Galapagos Islands and beyond(apparently he left from a Norwegian port and one of the turtle specimens taken c.1830 just died in 2006!) and Norway´s vast fishing and shipping industry. I have to give Em credit in that she did an excellent job finding fun things to do.
The current exhibit at the modern art museum was interesting. It was entirely Norwegian artists from the 1980s. A lot of video performance art, and large textural paintings but there were many mediums used. I for one do not have much knowledge about art but this is one of the better exhibits I have seen here in terms of variety and experimentation.