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Part 1 - July 7-11, 2014

The Truth
After a heavy bfst, we went in search of Truth.
It is comforting to know that the Truth has not changed.
These 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures designed by Gustav Vigeland at Vigeland sculpture Park in Oslo depict the circle of life; birth, aging, and death.
The fountains symbolize life that humans are hanging on from birth to death. Birth and Death happen perpetually in circle.
The 46 feet monolith column with 121 human figure reliefs is carved from a single block of granite and took 3 stone sculptors 14 years (1929 - 1943) to complete





















Norway, The land of 24 hr sunlight

First day in Oslo, Norway.
Even though sun rises at 4.00 am and sets at 11 pm, the city is always bright with sunlight throughout day and night in summer.
Youngsters gather around at a city corner singing, drinking loudly waking my wife up at 2.30 am. I had to complain to the hotel manager, who had to call police to disperse them as the hotel security guards were helpless.
I am sorry, happy boys and girls. It's already hard for her to sleep in a new time zone, but you should have better time in bed than hanging around getting high on booze.






Toyota or MBZ, which would you ride?
Toyota or MBZ, which would you ride?
Toyota must be proud to be honored in the same league as MZB - being use as a taxi.
MZB must be proud to be honored in the same league as Toyota - being use as a taxi.

Blondie in Norway
We asked for 2 extra pillows as the two in our room are too low for comfort.
When the door bell rang, my wife could not open the door as it is perversely designed to open outward, not inward for safety. She kept pulling in the door toward her instead of pushing it out.
We had a big laugh next day when found out that many in our group acted like having a Blondie moment.

Nobel peace prize award
The Nobel Peace prize is awarded at Oslo city.
A gift from The Thai king and Queen (Suphannahong boat เรือสุพรรณหงส์) is displayed alongside with gifts from other foreign dignitaries.
The artist who paints the portraits of current king and Queen of Norway must be very brave. The paintings are very well acceptred and appreciated. They may look awful to some.


















Viking's museum





The palaces
Norwegian King has many palaces throughout the country.
This Royal Cow Farm is operated by the king in front of one of his palace in Oslo.
The royal cows produce royal milk for the Norwegian.

The other palace in Oslo collects admission fees to view the interior.
No one knows which palaces the king lives at any particular moment.

The king is very much loved and revered by Norwegians.



Kon Tiki
Kon-Tiki was the raft used by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands. It was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name. 

Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-columbus times. Although most anthropologists as of 2010 had come to the conclusion they did not, in 2011, new genetic evidence was uncovered by Erik Thorsby that Easter Island inhabitants do have some South American DNA, lending credence to at least some of Heyerdahl's theses. His aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so. Although the expedition carried some modern equipment, such as a radio, watches, charts, sextant, and metal knives, Heyerdahl argued they were incidental to the purpose of proving that the raft itself could make the journey.

The Kon-Tiki expedition was funded by private loans, along with donations of equipment from the United States Army. Heyerdahl and a small team went to Peru, where, with the help of dockyard facilities provided by the Peruvian authorities, they constructed the raft out of balsa logs and other native materials in an indigenous style as recorded in illustrations by Spanish conquistadores. The trip began on April 28, 1947. Heyerdahl and five companions sailed the raft for 101 days over 6900 km (4,300 miles) across the Pacific Ocean before smashing into a reef at Raroia in the Tuamota Island on August 7, 1947. The crew made successful landfall and all returned safely.

The original Kon-Tiki raft is now on display in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo.

The main body of the float was composed of nine balsa tree trunks up to 45 ft long, 2 ft in diameter, lashed together with 1¼ inch hemp ropes. Cross-pieces of balsa logs 18 ft long and 1 ft in diameter were lashed across the logs at 3 ft intervals to give lateral support. Pine splashboards clad the bow, and lengths of pine 1 inch thick and 2 ft wide were wedged between the balsa logs and used as Centerboards

The picture shows how light the balsa wood is.
I can hold uo a big chung of balsa wood with only 3 fingers.

Heyerdahl believed that the original inhabitants of Raster Island were the migrants from Peru.  economy.

Most historians consider that the Polynesians from the west were the original inhabitants  [However, in 2011 Professor Erik Thorsby of the University of Oslo presented DNA evidence to the Royal Society which whilst agreeing with the west origin also identified a distinctive but smaller genetic contribution from South America.





The Angry Boy, Sinna taggen
Yesterday I show you pictures of Vigeland's sculptures in Oslo under the title The Truth,  Circle of Life. One of them is a little angry boy called Sinna taggen (The angry boy). I have a free day from my tourguide and explore the city, Bergen independently today and found another sculpture which is called by the locals under the same name. But it's a naked teenage boy reclining on his right. I have no detail story on this naked teenage sculture but discover why the left hand of The angry boy is bright polished bronze and very popular among tourists. I saw a lot of Chinese female tourists like to touch and hold the boy's hand. I had to wait for a long time to take this picture.

Too many hands on ‘Sinnataggen’
August 6, 2013

The popular statue of an angry little boy in Oslo’s Frogner Park, called “Sinnataggen,” is suddenly showing signs of being a bit too popular this summer. Tourists keep holding its hand, and that’s causing discoloration and too much wear and tear.

Instead of simply posing for photos around the statue that’s part of sculptor Gustav Vigeland’s huge collection of life-size bronze and granite works in the park, tourists have been holding its hand as well. Some seem to want to comfort the image, while others think it will bring good luck if they touch Sinnataggen. The statue’s left hand is especially inviting to reach out to, with one American tourist telling newspaper Dagsavisen that “the hand was shining so much that I felt I just had to hold it.”

The shine illustrates the self-perpetuating problem that Dagsavisen reports is worrying officials at the adjacent Vigeland Museum: The frequent hand-holding prevents the natural oxidation occurring on the rest of the statue. The more hand-holding, the more shine, and then more temptation for hand-holding.

The statue is arguably the best-known in the Frogner Park and has had more than its share of rough treatment over the years. It’s been dressed up by pranksters, painted several times (not least in red by partying high school graduates) and was even stolen back in the early 1990s. The bandits sawed off the statue at the tramping toddler’s ankle, leaving only its left foot forlornly on the pedestal, until the statue was eventually recovered in a garbage dump. It was then reattached to the foot.

‘Touching’ but damaging
The current “vandalism” of sorts is far more benign, even literally touching, but it nonetheless concerns its conservators.

“Sinnataggen is an icon, it’s the park’s ‘Mona Lisa’ that everyone wants to see and some want to touch,” Jarle Strømodden, leader of the Vigeland Museum, told Dagsavisen. “We see that especially its left hand and foot get a lot of handling. We’re following the situation closely to prevent the statue from being destroyed over time. You can get holes in a bronze statue.”

Strømodden said the relatively recent hand-holding is part of many myths about Sinnataggen. “People touch it because they think it will bring them good luck or good fortune,” he said. “From what we understand, it’s become part of a ritual for tourists who visit the park. It stems from other parts of the world where people touch statues.”

Preventive measures
He and his colleagues have evaluated various means of reducing the wear and tear on Sinnataggen, including coating its hand with wax this past spring to help it tolerate all the hand-holding. In June, the hand was coated with a dark fluid so it wouldn’t be so shiny and attractive.

They’re also working on a “Do not touch” sign, but hope to avoid such a forbidding message. “We’d rather find some way to encourage folks to just be more careful,” Strømodden said.

He and his colleagues were upset to hear that some tour guides actually were spreading the myth of the statue bringing good luck, and encouraging people in their groups to touch it. The museum has thus sent out a letter to tour guides asking them to instead advise tourists against touching Sinnataggen.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund

The Road from Oslo to Lillehammer
The Road from Oslo to Lillehammer, home of Winter Olympic 1994











Richer and poorer
Norway's norminal GDP per capita in 2013 ranks the 3rd world highest, $101,271.
The ppp (perchasing power parity) per capita in 2013 ranks the 4th in the world, $55,398
Ironicly, Norway is the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East, but the gas price in the country is far more expensive than in US which is about $4.50 - $5.00 per gallon, while its norminal GDP per capita and The ppp per capita are the same, $54,980

Look at the gas price in Norway, Nok 13 - 16. That is about $12 to $15 per gallon.
Food prices are twice or tripple the prices in US, so as everything else.

The moral,
Dear my American friends, don't complain that you are getting poorer.
So long as you stay home, you are still a rich man.




Skateboard competition
Stopping by at the 1994 Winter Olympic ski jump site in Lillehammer to see a warm-up of a skateboard competition.

See the VDO






Mingling with the crowd and watching Soccer on giant TVin Oslo
Mingling with the crowd and watching Soccer on giant TV in Oslo.
Argentina VS Netherland





Robomow - a robot mowing the lawn
A robot mowing the lawn in a Norwegian countryside home.



Grass roof
Grass roof is becoming fashionable in Norway. They are now crowning many more new housings.









Hopping a cable car for the bird-eye-view of Bergen









Meeting the 2 cloud makers





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