Oslo again (miscellaneous pics taken at different times :)).{0}

 

So, I’ve amassed an impressive number of pics on my phone. I just get carried away when I see something neat or distinctly Oslo-ian. I teach (adults) about Norwegian society and culture, so these pics come in handy at times (also, some of the students are aware of this blog; I am not sure if they read it though). Some of the pics are kinda pointless and only interesting or funny to me, so bear with me :)

 

Anyway, here goes:

 

This is just by my place. I took it cause it perfectly illustrates my rebellious, daring nature - I totally  walk down that road All The Time! (there's not even a proper sidewalk!).

This is just by my place. I took it cause it perfectly illustrates my rebellious, daring nature – I totally walk down that road All The Time! (there’s not even a proper sidewalk!).

This is the scary part of town (no seriously..People frequently make a point of talking about Tøyen as dangerous. I must be unusually brave because I have never once been afraid. *Gives self hearty pat on back & a thumbs up*

This is the scary part of town (no seriously..People frequently make a point of talking about Tøyen as dangerous. I must be unusually brave because I have never once been afraid). *High-fives self*

 

One of my favourite stores; they sell fossils here, and I recently bought a tooth of an extinct mackerel shark (Odotus obliquus) that is a staggering 60 million years old. The tooth was found in Morocco and is in excellent shape :)

One of my favourite stores; they sell fossils here, and I recently bought a tooth of an extinct mackerel shark (Odotus obliquus) that is a staggering 60 million years old. The tooth was found in Morocco and is in excellent shape :) At some point I’ll post pics of my fossil and map-collection.

 

Tøyen still, near the Munch museum, the museum of natural history and the botanical gardens.

Tøyen still, walking distance from the Munch museum, the museum of natural history and the botanical gardens.

MULTICULTURALISM!!

MULTICULTURALISM!!

 

Completely different spot; this is at Ekeberg. We're about to get a much contested sculpture-park. The anger has been over the fact that some of the sculptures will be portraying women (I'm not sure if they'll be with or without clothes); I saw one sign that read something that I am way too uptight to write- but think something along the lines of "No to a inappropriate touching path at Ekeberg". What I think is waaaay worse is that many, some historians even (Holy What?) wanted to bury and forget a part of Norwegian history, that is the fact that some Norwegians did indeed sympathize with the Nazis. There's a graveyard for high-ranking Nazi officials  nearby where this pic was taken and when it was decided that a plaque (I think) was to be erected, all these people were up in arms. The old "Those who forget history are bound to repeat it" comes to mind.

Completely different spot; this is at Ekeberg. We’re about to get a much contested sculpture-park. The anger has been over the fact that some of the sculptures will be portraying women (I’m not sure if they’ll be with or without clothes); I saw one sign that read something that I am way too uptight to write- but think along the lines of “No to an inappropriate touching path at Ekeberg”. What I think is waaaay worse is that many, some historians even (Holy What?) wanted to bury and forget a part of Norwegian history; that is, the fact that some Norwegians did indeed sympathize with the Nazis. There’s a graveyard for high-ranking Nazi officials near where this pic was taken, and when it was decided that a plaque (I think) was to be erected, all these people were up in arms. Gotta say, the old “Those who forget history are bound to repeat it” comes to mind.

One of the statues. I am aware that this is sideways, but I have no idea as to how to correct it here; you could try tilting your head maybe? The statue depicts intertwined women.

One of the statues. I am aware that this is sideways, but I have no idea as to how to correct it here; you could try tilting your head maybe? The statue depicts intertwined women.

Another statue at Ekeberg. Oslo is incredibly green; there are a lot of wonderful parks. I also dare say that the view as you drive up to Ekeberg is the best in the city (you can actually see the whole city-bowl  from a bridge up there).

Another statue at Ekeberg.  Oslo is incredibly green; there are a lot of wonderful parks. I also dare say that the view as you drive up to Ekeberg is the best in the city (you can actually see the whole city from east to west).

This is at Groenland again; a symbol of the social democratic movement in Oslo/Norway. I think this is so cool!

This is at Groenland again; this statue is a symbol of the social democratic movement in Oslo/Norway. I think it is so cool!

 

Same statue, different view.

Same statue, different view.

Good to know!

Good to know!

 

Oslo has a lot of adorable wooden houses.

Oslo has a lot of adorable wooden houses.

 

More cool wooden houses.

More cool wooden houses. Oslo has burned to the ground several times, so at one point they decided to start building brick houses.

The supreme court

The supreme court

"Oslo West has seven hospitals, Oslo East has none"

“Oslo West has seven hospitals, Oslo East has none”. Campaign poster from “Rødt”, a faaar-left political party.

 

Rødt's leader is named Bjørnar Moxnes. He looks like he's 17 years old or so (to me anyway).

Rødt’s leader is named Bjørnar Moxnes. He looks like he’s 17 years old or so (to me anyway).

This is a weird phenomenon; the beggars are now specifying their Norwegian ethnicity in their signs (I've blurred the name in order to keep the man's identity hidden. I haven't used photo-editing programs in 15 years so the result is pretty bad).

This is a weird thing; the beggars are now specifying their Norwegian ethnicity (I’ve blurred the name in order to keep the man’s identity hidden. I haven’t used photo-editing programs in 15 years so the result is pretty bad). I feel the need to mention that I never take pics of possibly sensitive stuff without permission. He was totally o.k. with my taking this (I also gave him 20 NOK). Curiously, he had considerably more money in his cup than what I see the Roma having. The Roma are also given useless currency like 0.20 Euro (which can’t be used in Norway).

 

 

The back of an ice cream truck. The ice cream from the truck is slightly crappier compared to the store-bought stuff.

The back of an ice cream truck. The ice cream from the truck is slightly crappier compared to the store-bought stuff.