27 Oct 2008 – National Costumes
A bunad is a traditional Norwegian costume, typically of rural origin. Bunad are local to Norway’s traditional districts, and the result both of traditional evolution and organized efforts to discover and modernize traditional designs. The designs are typically elaborate, with embroidery, scarves, shawls and hand-made silver or gold jewellery. There are bunad for men, women, wedding couples and children. Many districts have their own unique designs. Pictures: Øst-Telemark Raudtrøye.
The bunad came into existence about 100 years ago when a wave of national romanticism swept across the country. Their design is based on regional folk costumes that were on the verge of disappearing. Suddenly, people wanted to preserve everything that was traditional including the old folk costumes. In recent years, interest in bunad and folk costumes has steadily increased. This is especially apparent on 17 May (Norway’s National Day), when there is an incredible show of gorgeous costumes from across the country.
With those layers of clothes, it is no wonder that the population of Norway (area 323,802 sq km) is the same as in Singapore (area 692.7 sq km), app 4.6 million!
It is long accepted by the missionaries that morality is inversely proportional to the amount of clothing people wore – Alex Carey
23 Oct 2008 – Museums
Guiding Mike (my trail angel from the AT hike) towards some sites and museums will get him museum-ed! out when he departs Norway. Bærum & Vigeland Park (pictures in older posts), museums in the center of Oslo and Bydgø which are not in older postings are as follows:
Nasjonalgalleriet/National Gallery- Nordic & International art from 19th century to present
History Museum- Norwegian antiquities from the Stone age onwards
Frammuseet- the famous polar exploration ship FRAM
Kon-Tiki Museet- Thor Heyerdahl’s papyrus boat Ra II and the raft Kon-tiki are preserved by this museum
Norsk Sjøfartsmuseum/The Norwegian Maritime Museum
Norsk Folkemuseum/The Norwegian Folk Museum- One of Europe’s largest open-air museums
Vikingskipshuset/The Viking Ship Museum’s- three burial ships, the best-preserved Viking ships in existence (pictures in Viking Age, 1 Jul post).
That which, perhaps hears more nonsense than anything in the world, is a picture in a museum – Edmond de Goncourt
Oct 2008 – Sandvika
Kolsås and Sandvika are located in Bærum (population 160,000), Norway’s wealthiest municipality. Sandvika is Bærum’s main drag where the town hall, designed by Magnus Poulsson in 1926 (Linn & May’s great-grandfather) and at present under renovation. My new Iraqi tenant is the owner of Sandvika Pizza & Grill (tasty fast food) across the road from the town hall.
Sandvika has many small and pleasant places. Pictures: Bærum Rådhus (town hall), Sandvika Kirke (church), Bærum Arts Association (idyllic row of white houses by the lake), Engervannet (lake), Løkkeparkken (charming houses with metal sculptures). It is app 7km (walking/cycle path) from Kolsås to Sandvika. The last 2 pictures are of the former Franzefoss kalkmølle (a mill), now a cultural station, on the walking path from the house to Sandvika.
In terms of fast food and deep understanding of the culture of fast food, I’m your man – Bill Gates
14 Oct 2008 – Bærums Iron Works
Bærums Iron Works was established in 1610, Norway’s first blast furnace for iron smelting. 100 years later, the iron works has become the country’s largest industrial company until it closed in 1961. Bærums Verkhus is Norway’s oldest existing inn, from 1640.
Today, many of the old buildings have been preserved and renovated. The main walking street, Verksgata is quaint and charming with museum, restaurants, sculptures, statues, trendy shops and workshops. The best part of it is that it is only app 10mins walk from Piggsoppgrenda thru’ a serene wooded path.
Soaked every minute of the enchanting environment. Lunched by the river across a naked blond bronze statue. Decided I needed to walk after being cooped up with the painting for a month. Headed to Sandvika app 7km there and another 7km home. After all day on foot, the reclined body welcomed an inviting mattress on the floor. The cool crisp air and the fall colours made my day. Hope that the weather will be just like that for Mike Freed (LOON, my guardian angel from the AT) when he visits.
Everything has its limit; iron ore cannot be educated into gold – Mark Twain
11 Oct 2008 – Nobels fredpris & dugnad
Finland’s ex President Martti Ahtisaari is the recipient of the 2008 Nobels Peace Prize. The ceremony will take place in Dec at the Nobel Peace Center. The Peace Prize used to be awarded at the old University from 1947-1990, later the Oslo City Hall and now the Nobel Peace Center which used to be a railway station when I visited in 1967.
Alfred Nobel’s will has 5 prize awards category, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology/Medicine. He was a Swedish trained chemical engineer, died in 1896 who invented dynamite and ballistic. His will also stated that the Peace Prize should be awarded annually in Oslo by the Norwegian Parliament.
There was a neighbourhood dugnad=voluntary community work (twice yearly, spring & fall). After 23 years of absence, I had to do my part and it was fun meeting up with some of the neighbours again. Pictures of Mette Olsen, directing the clean-up and of Sturla Olsen chopping the trees for a better view from my terrace. Thank you to the Olsens for all their help and work. This exact day 39 years ago, naively and innocently I signed my name into my first matrimony in Dublin 1969!
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without – Buddha
7 Oct 2008 – Ready to rent
Happy Bday to my brother Dr Leslie Lam. Are you in Australia, Singapore or the US? See you next month.
House in Norway, located in a friendly & safe neighbourhood with a panorama view for rent.
Pix top row from left: 1st floor – Kitchen/dining 16.6m2, living room 27m2 with terrace 23.8m2 and view, staircase, 2nd floor TVroom 14.6m2.
Pix bottom row from left: Bed1Rm with view 10.3m2, Bed2Rm 10.8m2, Bed3Rm 6.5m2, bathroom/laundry 5.8m2, layout of 147m2, layout
I am a good housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep the house – Zsa Zsa Gabor