Naked Statues!

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Flag of Norway  , Oslo,
Sunday, September 13, 2009

After departing the Hurtigruten we flew back to Oslo for a final 2 days of relaxation before heading back to Amsterdam and the stresses of daily life.  Chris' parents flew back to the U.S. the next morning, but we had the full day to explore the city.

We had a lovely dinner on the Oslo fjord harbor Saturday night.  As with many city harbors, Oslo's is developed with restaurants and shops along its shores.  The next day, after breakfast with the Hoopers, we went to Frogner Park, home to the Vigeland Sculpture Park.   This is a park that would never have been built in the U.S.  It contains 212 bronze and granite sculptures - all of naked people.  There's nothing erotic or "dirty" about it.  These are family statues. Children swinging at the ends of parents arms.  Grandparents walking hand in hand with grandchildren.  Couples lovingly embrace; a shriveled old woman lies dying in her husband's arms; children run for joy!  Every imaginable combination of people and emotion is displayed for all to see.  

It's in a park like this that one really feels the differences in culture between countries.  In the U.S. there would be protests of public pornography (including child pornography, no doubt) despite the lack of sexuality in nearly all of the statues.  Whereas in Norway, a country which doesn't exactly have a "wild and crazy" reputation, families come to this park for a Sunday outing or a picnic.  For them nakedness is purely natural and nothing more or less.

After a few hours in the park and a long leisurely walk back to the hotel it was time to head to the airport and back to Amsterdam, feeling completely revived and relaxed after 10 days of watching the world go by.

Melanie and Chris
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