|Expensive Pad Thai|
|dog on the sled|
that held the pot off the ground were artistic. These ships were retired as burial ships. In the mound there were 50 horses,
maids, pets along with things they would need in the afterlife: tents, sled, cooking supplies, weaving tools, furniture, etc.. Everything was so beautiful and some from time BC. All that wood was preserved to give us a real picture of the boats way back then. http://www.norway.com/directories/d_company.asp?id=671
Then we went for an Indian buffet for our one meal out a day for 90NOK each. The coffee was sour. How strange! The waitress told us about the free “Sofa Festival,” so we went searching for that, passing the Peace Prize museum and lots of street performers. I hoped to increase the tips of an accordion player by dancing next to him, but alas, no one came by while I was there. The Festival costs $20, and we were feeling like we had spend todays rations, so we walked along the water toward the opera house.
Finally, we zigzagged the roads to the sensational sight of the Oslo Opera House! When they said in the book that you can walk on top of the roof, I didn’t imagine that the roof slanted all the way to the ground! Lots of people were up there for the sunset, with families and just being on this huge white wide space. I bet it’s astonishing to see when it rains. You could see the inside from the huge glass panels, and it was filled with tiers of wood slats, not unlike our EMPAC center in Troy. I noticed similar acoustical patterns on the surfaces too. It was finished in 2008, and is an impressive contemporary edifice that invites people to engage with it. Also, the exit dumps people right out to the trains, busses and metro. Very well planned in terms of flow!
|Les as Gargoyle|
We decided to get the 3 days of transportation rather than a card that would give us free access to the museums and sites. We found out that Hamlet at Elsinore Castle was sold out, but tonight they were playing Richard III. We chanced it and went on the train up the coast to see if there were tickets. We got there around 5:30 and tickets went on sale at 7:00, so we walked around the estate with a huge moat (that used to be the toilet for hundreds of years), took a gander at Sweden across the channel and read the fascinating history of the place. We got tickets, and as we waited we received blankets to keep us warm during the show that was in the inner courtyard. I talked with one of the crew who loved her job helping out the cast and also as a volunteer in the street helping the drunken teens get on their feet on the weekends. She told me stories of all the haunting images she has seen in Elsinore Castle in a room where she was a part of lots of Germans having a feast, wore historical garments in the gardens and enjoyed the company of historical characters of the place. Past lives? Connections to the spirit world? I LOVED the play. Les was less impressed, but really loved seeing an actor he respected and knew from his previous work. The whole piece was so gory that they added a layer of dark humor that made it in some way relieving and in other ways even more disturbing. Fake blood was used to the max and all the magic of the theater helped to make it seem real enough that I winced: the pulling of entrails out of one, the drilling of another through the head, chainsaw-ing yet another to pieces, and the regular stabbing and shooting and pummeling of others. After each killing, the men in (bloodied) whitish masks and coats would sing a little gay ditty as they cleaned up the remains. Oh, and the whole cast was male; I enjoyed seeing the ladies played by men, and not hiding the fact that they are men; they even wore a skirt with a matching jacket, feminine in the front and tales in the back. Richard was pretty disturbed, and was animated in all the forms that show pathological irritation. Upon exiting, they had big cannonball type lamps lit along the walk to light our way. I imagined how dark castles would get with only lamps in them. We got home late, and slept in late.
|Harry has an even more different name in Norway|