This graceful ship was buried with a Viking queen, with all her worldly goods: everything from jewelry to weapons to cooking tools to clothes to four of these massive, intricately carved wooden carts. Parang SM lang: we’ve got it all for you!
The scale and power of these ships are truly impressive, revealing the might and skill of a supposedly primitive civilization. You sail, sometimes row, for hundreds of miles across the world’s coldest seas, subsist on dried scraps of meat (basically, tapa) without a roof over your head, exposed to the harshness of the elements. Then when you get there you have to do battle, conquer bloody everyone and sack bloody everything. That can’t have been easy.
I keed, I keed. This is the oldest open-air museum in the world, so we can safely assume Nayong Pilipino ang nanggaya. I thoroughly enjoyed wandering through this museum, which had everything from houses to schoolhouses.
I love the clean lines and unadorned simplicity of their architecture. And I was delighted to learn that the Scandinavians were into roof gardens long before being green was chic.
One thing I liked that we rarely get to do was take a nice family portrait. Our last one was during our New Year’s trip to Bohol, and before that, at my wedding. Luckily Marlon was there to play photographer.
The four of us took the bus back to the harbor for dinner at Solsiden, one of Oslo’s best seafood restaurants, where we discussed… my sister’s future. Haha.
She’d warned me that eating out in Oslo is expensive, but I didn’t realize how expensive until we actually ate out. Marlon and I have dropped our fair share of cash on meals, but masakit talaga sa wallet ito. We had a similar meal at Restaurant Red here in Amsterdam, and the value for money there was significantly better. With the exception of two lunches, we had all the rest of our meals at my sister’s apartment after this one. At least this particular dinner was worth it. The seafood was indeed excellent.