Mar 06, 1992
Aug 07, 1996
We visited Siri at her parent's house in Drammen just outside Oslo. We helped clean out their old play house and visited a local open-air museum with petting zoo.
We also checked out the Viking museum in Oslo which I remember finding especially interesting. There were big boats to see and the mighty Vikings were just an interesting group of people. There was also much ice cream eating throughout Oslo's parks-a theme that became common on the rest of our travels as an afternoon reward for treking through a tiring day of sightseeing. The topless sunbathing was a new idea for me, but not scaring or incomprehensible at all.
A day trip was taken on the train up to Flam pass beautiful fjords to a rushing waterfall. Waterfalls are much more cool than fjords, they move more perceptively.
When I was four (which seemed a lifetime ago to me now that I was all of six years old) we had had an aupair named Siri. She had looked after both Paige and I and we were very fond of her. Hence, our second trip in Europe was to visit Siri and her family in their native Norway. We took the German ICE train up to Hamburg and then other trains up through Denmark, on the ferry to Sweden, and then over to Oslo. Trains are far superior to cars as they go faster making it seem like there are more things to see, and you are not confined to one seat. Going for walks on trains is especially fun, hearing and seeing the ground below you as you travel between cars. If your family has an entire six person cabin to yourselves, it is quite possible to build forts or homes for toys out of coats. The toys (animals in my and my sisters case) enjoyed wandering through the sleeves and hoods of their environs. Really, trains are so non-confining kids will find ways to entertain themselves for at least a good part of the trip. Putting the train on a ferry was a new idea for both my parents and me and this was our first trip on a sleeper train with six bunks, three levels high, to a cabin. It was all quite an adventure.