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Norway Farewell

Norway bid fare-well to us with a final morning of sunshine and beauty.  Mike pulled a near all-nighter washing our laundry and hanging it out to dry into the wee hours of the morning.  Bless Mike.  We spent the morning organizing and drying the laundry (I cannot figure out why they don’t have wonderful dryers here) before setting off to see Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon Tiki museum where the reed ship that Thor sailed across the Pacific Ocean to prove that early civilizations could have also crossed the ocean in balsa rafts, lies.  It was a fascinating story of ingenuity, courage, passion and perhaps a touch of insanity.  Continuing with that theme we walked across the Bygdoy peninsula to the Viking Ship Museum.  Luke had ben seeking out Vikings since we had arrived in the airport in Iceland so he was thrilled to see the ancient ships that had been built, sailed by and later buried with famous Vikings.  The size and the exquisite detail were both an impressive sight to behold and a tribute to their engineering and craftsmanship.

IMG_8600 IMG_8602 IMG_8603 IMG_8604 IMG_8605 IMG_8607 IMG_8617 IMG_8620 Luke giving his “mean” Viking face-IMG_8621 Tay was excited to see these incredibly intricate animals from the Oseberg ship as they were on his AP art history exam.  They felt like old friends after his months of flashcard studies!IMG_8623 IMG_8626 IMG_8629

 

We loved the rugged splendor of Norway: the dramatic beauty, the superlatives that are on one’s tongue at every turn, the welcoming people, the dogmatic national pride, the orderly clean existence, the focus on adventure and nature and the endless waterfalls.  Thankfully, we still have a whole week of Scandinavia in store for us or we would be in deep depression leaving this incredible country.  At the first true Swedish town we passed through after the border Mike spoiled us with Swedish rolls and buns filled with crème and strawberries.  With gusto the kids finished their treats and Mike was satisfied with the lower price tag that Swedish goods hale versus the Norwegian delicacies.