So Long OSL

30 Sep 2016 – Hello TOS

Mon: DAY 2 challenge, Ireland – the western part around Dingle Peninsula (Jun2012). Mario Mc Cormick nominated.

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/corca-dhuibhne/

O did not want to be at daycare and I was more than happy to spent the day with him. Took him to a playground that he has not been and like me, he seemed to enjoy having this location to himself.

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Interesting way to make a wall and the stones inside look well-scrubbed and pretty.

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Linn&family would have liked this place. Bring your own logs and we can have a delightful picnic of hot-dogs and roast marshmallows. Even this tiny tree is showing that fall is in the air.

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The equipment here are beautifully designed and made of wood.

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Lovely walk and yummy but very rich fish soup dinner at Egon@Ullevaal stadion on the way to say goodbye to Hustads.

DAY 3 challenge, HongKong – MacLehose Trail and Repulse Bay (Mar2011-12). Martin Williams nominated.

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/maclehoseday-1/

Tue: cleaning up the mess after me and packing…

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DAY 4 challenge, Norway – heading to Tromsø today. Karen Norton nominated.

Wed: had an apple-juice and a cookie with O@BICKS before sending him off to daycare. Will miss him sooo much 😦 Thought how he would have liked this playground at the airport.

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Has been a while since my last domestic flight in Norway and the airport at both ends, OSL (domestic flights section) and TOS are no longer what they used to be – signs of progress, I presume!

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Arriving at this angle confused me for a moment as I do not ever remember seeing Tromsdalstinden with so little snow!

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Thank you to Hazel&Richard for meeting me at the airport and for a most delicious sei dinner. Has been along while since I had sei (local pollock). The view from their apt brought back good memories, especially with Karl Johans nesa so distinctly and nobly sticking out thru’ the grey clouds. Appreciations to Claire&family for opening their doors to me.

DAY 5 challenge, SIN – a difficult place to get total nature pix! Pulau Ublin, an island off SIN and one of the last rural areas to be found in SIN. Pix taken in Dec2010. Michelle Tan nominated.

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/pulau-ubin/

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Thu: tkx to Ellen for taking time to meet @the new Kystens Hus.

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A fishing boat docking and selling its catch – recalling this exact location where I would be bright and early to buy fresh seafood back in the dark ages of the 1970s!

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Pix of a pix with my father and I in 1973 – hat, jackets and suits were the dress codes then, not me! Have never own any of these kind of fancy hats 🙂 2016 – same spot except that one is not able to buy seafood straight from the fishing boats any longer

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Watching life goes by – dogs and their trainers and window shopping.

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Walked about town revisiting places to discover that many of the pix I took this time round are similar to that in the posting below. Just posting some random new ones in this posting.

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/paris-of-the-north/

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness ― George Sand

First & Second City Halls in OSL

26 Sep 2016 –  A Walk Around Rådhusgata

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Saw these 4movies over the past week. Nothing too exciting except for Sully****directed by Clint Eastwood where Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley Sully Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 full of passengers on the Hudson River which actually happened on my Bday in 2009!!

There’s simply no substitute for experience in terms of aviation safety – Chesley Sullenberger
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Fri: O was in 7Heaven when May returned after a few days from work in Portugal. Paul Simon took the title of the song from a Chinese Restaurant menu that had a chicken-and-egg dish called Mother and Child Reunion
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Sat: O had company for T and waffle.
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Tried out the early Christmas gift from me to them – Moods of Norway Waffle Iron in the shape of a tractor, something not necessary, but O liked it.
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Musikk & Scenehuset@Gamle Raadhus for the 2ndtime within 8days!
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Good to see Mariann&Torfinn Kleive again after all these years. We were neighbours at Kolsås in the 1980s. Julie Kleive gave a delightful performance of Marcus Paus’s works with Joachim Kwetzinsky at the piano. Small world, last time I heard Joachim played was at Marianne&Torfinn’s wedding (2008) where he gave quite a performance of Greg’s Wedding Day at Troldhaugen.

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2008/08/11/happenings/

Has been a very rough morning, took a walk taking pix around town to clear the mind.

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The Whisky Bar@Rådhusgata 28 with a huge selection of fine Irish, Scottish and world whiskies. What whisky will not cure, there is no cure for – Irish proverb!

http://www.thewhiskybar.no/

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Byens Andre Rådhus –  OSL 2ndCity Hall (1620’s). The oldest part of this building goes as far back as the years following the large fire in 1624. It was extended as it was taken over by a local official, Stiftamtskriver in 1647 that used the house as his residence. As the 1st city hall was abandoned in 1733, the city administration moved into the building and it worked as the 2ndcity hall 1743-1833. It was also a police station for over 200yrs, from 1745-1963.

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Fred Olsens gt.

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Sun: O wanted to sing at the children’s choir@Vestre Aker Church today and seemed to have enjoyed it.

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It was his 1st church service and a good experience for him. He is sooo adorable in his shirt and vest cycling with a lamb in his bag-pack to and from church. Forgot to snap that moment, too busy focusing on is safety!

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Edited: today I accepted Hazel Armstrong’s challenge (looking forward to seeing her next week) to post nature photos for 1week, nominating a person each day to continue the challenge. 7countries in alphabetical order with ONLY nature pix taken by me and picking someone from that country to continue the challenge starts with –

1. Australia – the western part around Margaret River (2009) and Kim Austin is nominated to continue the challenge today. If interested in some of the pix click to this posting:

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/margaret-river/

‘Kongens nei’

22 Sep 2016 – Literally Translated – ‘The King’s No’
96d383ac5a7d3ba016c9ec19a4983a71The reason why most people are single today is, they understand that they just can’t invite anyone to be a part of their life. Most single people understand the importance of protecting their good energy. Most single people understand the last thing that they need, is someone coming into their life and being a distraction instead of being a blessing. Most single people don’t fear being in a relationship, they just fear being with someone who doesn’t value a relationship like they do. Life is hard. And the last thing a person with a good heart needs, is for someone else to come into their life and make it even more harder – Michelle Obama

Mon: coming from someone like the present USA first lady says much about how in-tune she is with life.

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SIN with 4 national languages and one national linguistic tension – pix credit to Alamy.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160919-the-language-the-government-tried-to-suppress

'How much were you thinking of borrowing, dear?'

Tue: this is one of the funniest and yeah to the little old lady. If only I can be clever like her, I have made it in life. Needed some humour and that made my day 🙂 hahaha.Pix downloaded and photoshop for the fun of it!

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14333222_10210734462788391_1736442789302944360_nimg_15263yrs ago Linn&Jeff’s house burnt down and up to today I am still weary to have real candles. My sleeping bag and one of the bag-packs are constant reminder to feel thankful that we all made it out safely – except Gator, the 12+yrs old family pet whose time was up and as it was she was having problems hearing, etc. May she RIP in dog-heaven.

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/lost-for-words/

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Wed: tkx to Kris and Mette for taking time to say bye for this time round. The omelette at Egon@Ullevaal Stadion looks good, will have it the next trip! Had the all you can eat pizza&salad+drink NOK110 S$18. Needed greens!

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On the 9. of April 1940, German soldiers arrive in the city of OSL. The king of Norway faces a choice that will change his country forever.

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img_1580In a crowd of thousands, I braved the crowds in the outdoor grey and drizzly sky@Slottsparken to watch this movie with the the Royal Family. Wanted to have this experience and actually quite enjoyed the ambience – people were courteous and considerate. The lady sitting next to me saw that I was alone and even offered me coffee. Found a tree perfect as a back and head-rest, but was there 2hrs before the show started. This furry well-disciplined pet was sitting by my feet and kept them warm! By the time the show started, there was not an empty space to be found.

https://translate.google.no/translate?hl=en&sl=no&u=http://www.abcnyheter.no/nyheter/2016/09/21/195243874/kongeparet-inviterer-til-utekino-viser-kongens-nei-pa-slottsveggen&prev=search

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Thu: another grey day, perfect for staying indoors to mend and darn O clothes, and to update this post.

What you pay attention to grows. If your attention is attracted to negative situations and emotions, then they will grow in your awareness ― Deepak Chopra

Oslo Kulturnatt 2016

19 Sep 2016 – And A Bottle Of ‘Lawless’ Cider!

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sep20161967Fri: TGIF – O has a slight cough and sniffy nose and did not sleep well. Decided to keep him out of daycare and took him to Finding Dory@Saga***(dubbed to Norwegian). Lunched at the park@Karl Johan gt and a pix of him by the statue that I also posted with nearly 50yrs ago! Fresh apple juice at BICKS for me and an ice-cream for him before delivering him home.

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Headed back into town for Oslo Kulturnatt 2016****events. So much to see and one night is far too little time – picked just 2 events out of the 80 pp booklet of events!

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Started at OSL domkirke/Cathedral – previously named Our Saviour’s Church and was first consecrated in 1697; in 1950 it was restored back to its impressive original baroque interior.

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img_1457The pulpit, altar piece and organ front with acanthus carvings are all originals.The large ceiling murals were painted by Hugo Lous Mohr between 1936 and 1950, and the stained glass windows are by Emanuel Vigeland. The male choir directed by David Maiwald gave an enjoyable performance with pieces from Grieg, Elgar and Gritton.

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Continued to the historic square in Rådhusgata, the old city centre known as Kvadraturen. Surprised to bump into OleK, will catch up with him on Sun. Some of OSL oldest buildings are found around this square, including Christiana’s first town hall from 1641; today Gamle Raadhus Restaurant on the ground floor.

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The square is known for its fountain, with a sculpture of a hand pointing to the ground. After the big town fire in 1624, the Danish-Norwegian king Christian IV decided to rebuild the town in this area and supposedly pointed to this spot and said: The new town will lie here!

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Today the 2nd floor is the Musikk & Scenehuset where one can enjoy a glass of wine with the music. 2 interior pix downloaded.

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Tonight the Opera for the People was FOC and packed – a light performance by various voices from various operas was delightful and entertaining. A fantastic night of charming ambience of the 1600s.

http://www.operatilfolket.no

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Sat: May wanted to check out this 90% off warehouse sale from Habitat@Fornebu and believe me the crowd, etc put us both off. Most of the items were sold and we were there not long after it opened!

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2above pix downloaded, the interior of Fornebu, where the old airport was – there I was first introduced to the paintings of Kai Fjell. In the main hall of the terminal were 2murals, both which have been preserved. The largest was the 310sq m (3,300sq ft) Arrival and Departure which was completed in 1968 and covered 3stories high. Would really like to see these murals again.

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Nice relaxing evening listening to The Leif, Magnus & his guitar partner jamming at BICKS with O rocking to the music with his cup of warm milk will be a memorable sight.

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Tired this Norwegian cider Lovløs = Lawless!! and it is quite decent, ie dry and not too sweet.

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Sun: this incredible weather has been a bonus to my stay, tkx to Mother Nature. The neighbour’s plums are looking good over the fence (remembering the old fable by Aesop, those plums must be sour 🙂 ), the sweetheart roses showing their last blooms for the season and a little jump on the trampoline with his neighbour before O heads out in the woods to try their new fishing rods in some ponds.

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img_1525On the way to dinner, passed by Bakkehaugen Church. Popped my head in to take an interior pix and was surprised by a service going on in English. Thank you to Ingrid & HansK for a delicious Norwegian National dishes dinner – fårikål and eplekake. Ingrid is such a fantastic cook and gracious hostess.

Good to catch up with OleK & kids. Too busy chatting that I forgot to take pix – Jenny (13) taller than me, Martin (10) will be taller than me when I see him again! The blood birch has gone way pass taller than any of us 🙂

They’re probably sour anyway, and proceeded to walk away. Moral: It’s easy to despise what you cannot have – The Fox and the Grapes by Aesop

Movie Date With Olai

16 Sep 2016 – Gråtass

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Mon: Ekebergparken Sculpture Park, 25.5 acres park located SE OSL and a national heritage park with a panoramic view of OSL.

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Many interesting sculptures and nice walk in the woods.

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One of the cleanest public park I have been and the playgrounds look good enough even for me to want to try. Hope to bring O here before I leave.

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An indoor museum (open every day 11-1600hrs), located in LundsHus, which presents the Ekeberg area’s history and nature. There is also an art and design shop that has books and design items. LundsHus is a white villa from 1891.

Tue: a walk to Bogstadveien Moods of Norway to return the dress. Tkx Ingrid for a spontaneous meeting for coffee@Starbucks.

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SIN: 30m-tall heritage tree in Outram crashes into 6 Pearl Bank Apartments (pix downloaded from AsiaOne), hope that cousin David’s apt is not one of them!

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Wed: nice catching up for lunch@Bicks with Norwegian exchange students from SIN, Magnus (2012) & Christian (2014). Interesting to learn that Christian’s grandfather was then the owner of one of the shops in this old pix at John Colletts plass – Fisk Vilt OLAV LIE, with a cool vintage car. All the best to these 2handsome young men for their lives ahead of them.

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Thu: another wonderful day at the movies and down town with O. Gråtass***a farm comedy about friendship with the world’s most famous tractor! We were the only 2people in the whole cinema and that was a luxury; both O & I have that in common that we like our space 🙂

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Literally window-shopping@RiktigeLeker (Correct Toys), my favourtie toy shop in Norway. Today OSL City Hall was opened and managed a pix of O with the statue of his paternal great-great-grandfather.

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mid-autumn072016080810221174Happy Mid-Autumn or Happy Moon/Lantern Festival/中秋節快樂 and enjoy your mooncakes – not a fan of mooncakes. Fond childhood memories from this festival. Showed O the different colourful lantern pix of this festival and he liked them.

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/mid-autumn/

We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side ― Kahlil Gibran

Markedsdag 2016

12 Sep 2016 – Hegdehaugsveien og Bogstadveien

Fri: TGIF, grey and drizzly day – good for staying indoors with a pot of warm tea and a few movies. So far have watched 4movies since my arrival to Norway and all 4 are quite decent and entertaining.

v1-btsxmtc4ntyznttwoze3mtaxozeymda7mtk2ozi5maGenius (2016)***the complex relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Perkins played by Colin Firth, Jude Law as Wolfe, Nicole Kidman. Am a ColinF fan, so will watch most of his movies. Great story and an intriguing study of the personalities.

I don’t exist anymore. I’ve been edited…

v1-btsxmtgxotyzmztqoze3mtaxozeymda7ntgxozg1mqFlorence Foster Jenkins (2016)****pleasant but also pathetic comical biopic on the delusional American heiress opera singer and philanthropist Florence Foster Jenkins. Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg did well with their cast. HughG did a good job in his role as the loving husband!

People may say I couldn’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing

v1-btsxmtc3nzu2mttqoze3mtaxozeymda7ntuyozgxoaLove and Friendship (2016)***attempt at bringing Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan to the big screen. An entertaining comic romp that fans of the classic English author will like.

I had a feeling that the great word ‘respectable’ would some day divide us…

v1-btsxmty5mda3mjtwoze3mtawozeymda7mtk3ozi5maHologram For The King (2016)***cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. A mid-life crisis drama, but it is really a crisis of purpose and identity for an old-school middle-aged businessman trying to remain relevant in the modern world.

Baffled by local customs and bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver and a Saudi doctor.

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Sat: Hegdehaugsveien og Bogstadveien Markedsdag – bi-annual sales and spent more than I intended! Somebody did not move their cars and were being tolled away at 08.30hrs! Was there bright and early to avoid the crowds. David Anderson, the silversmith always has tasteful window displays, but nothing on sale there!

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Moods of Norway had 20% off in the whole shop and there went NOK2,181 S$360. A dress (NOK960 S$158 after discount) that I do not need, but like the colour, cutting and workmanship. A shirt, bow-tie and underwear for O, tractor-shaped waffle iron (NOK960 S$158) Christmas gift for the family, completely unnecessary! but O would like it 🙂

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Honey for NOK200 S$33, other small gifts, food for the day, including bus-trip back. Total damage done app NOK3,500 S$577

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New sculptures at the junction of Josefines gt

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No ‘Farmers’ Market’ this year, missed getting the fresh apple juice and kransekake. By the time I left at app 12n, it was getting crowded, not where I wanted to be any longer.

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Why would anyone name a road Problemveien Problem Way??? Took a stroll with O so that he could ride his bike and what a pleasant surprise to bump into Magnus. Will arrange to meet with him and Christian next week.  Strange with life when you are meant to catch up, like with TorilA’s grandson’s bike.

Coincidence vs destiny vs fate…

The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence – Paul Auster

Sun: Happy Bdays bro Steven and May Yung-Lam.

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15yrs ago, the attack that changed our world, we remember the valor of those we lost—those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them. Hopefully we are mindful of those who grieve for them and the light that still lives in their hearts.

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Yummy foods by Maybrochette with home-grown tomatoes.

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Apple tart with apples from the garden. How to lose weight with such a good cook and such fresh produce?? Second-born who has learnt to make such yummy foods – good that she is named after my mother who also was an excellent cook and cousin Lock’s wife who is another May, and another wonderful cook.

The Norwegian King’s Speech

8 Sep 2016 – A Speech Going Viral For The Right Reasons…

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3above pix downloaded. Strange to think back how some of the Norwegians reacted back in the 1960s when their then Prince Harald married a commoner Sonja (1968)! If my memory serves me correct, the comment was – at least she is a Norwegian. As royal families are concerned, the Norwegian one has not made much headlines or gossips…

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/king-of-norway-delivers-emotionally-charged-speech-in-favour-of-lgbt-rights-and-refugees-a7226216.html

Home is where the heart is. That cannot always be placed within country borders – King Harald V of Norway.

Tue: a day to clear and clean after the long-weekend of celebrations. The sky kept threatening with the grey clouds, on the windy side but no rains. Lovely breeze to take a slow stroll.

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2above pix credits to Alex. Great job for Linn and Katy, both back on track with their runnings. Linn@Labor Day 5miler 2016.

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2above pix credits to Elizabeth. Katy@2016 Palmetto State Cross Country where the boys took 1st place for both Varsity and JV and Varsity girls placed 1st and JV 2nd. Way to go Irmo High and good job, coaches!

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Wed: was totally surprised by this little bird that landed in the middle of the floor from out of nowhere. All the windows and doors were still closed early this morning?? The poor little thing was as shocked as I was and trying to get it out on the balcony was not as easy as I thought, but managed to catch it carefully with a piece of tissue and it happily flew away to the nearest apple-tree. All’s well that ends well.

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A long walk on this perfect walking day, first to Eivind@Pilestredet Park to get the medical paper-works on the roll.

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Continued into town and do like OSL on such evenings when the weather is perfect and watching like goes by is such a pleasure. Wonder why this feeling occurs when mainly in Europe?? Maybe the weather has much to do with it…

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Culture Shock And Cultural Differences In Norway. An evening with Alfhild Tveråmo, hosted by Professional Women’s Network Norway@Thon Hotel Opera. NOK150 S$25

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Interesting but not interesting enough to make me stay for the whole talk. Still a long way for many there to really understand and reflect on what they were voicing.

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Modern lamps and sculptures at the hotel, did not like what I saw spray-painted on the windows at the Opera House across the road.

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Lovely evening stroll passing by the Oslo Sentralstasjon with Oslo domkirke/Cathedral in the background.

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Commercials for male underwear, I presume 🙂

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Thu: wonder why it took me such a long time to wander up this path to Vestre Aker Kirke (1854)? And it is only 5mins walk from where I am…

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This morning after delivering O to daycare, took a short walk up the path by the bus-stop and it was indeed a peaceful sight. Must return to view the interior stained-glass.

Happy 69Bday, Alfred in CA,USA- amazing, his last year in his 60s and seems like we are all getting on in age 🙂

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Edited 15Sep – pix of the interior of church

Social media has given us this idea that we should all have a posse of friends when in reality, if we have one or two really good friends, we are lucky ― Brené Brown