I came upon these photos from some years back and thought it would be interesting to share them with you. The photos were taken in what then turned out to be a gloomy Oslo. I was in the city for a work conference and our Norwegian hosts had arranged a bus tour around the city. Unfortunately, by the time we got to the park it was pouring with rain and it was almost dark so you couldn’t see anything. I went to see the park on my own later when I had some hours to kill before my flight home. The weather wasn’t much better but at least I managed to see something.
The sculpture park houses over 200 sculptures, it is free to enter and most tourists visiting the city make a stop there. The park is actually in an even bigger park called Frogner Park.
Now if you don’t mind me saying, I find the sculptures quite freaky. I do not know what went on in the artist’s mind when he made these. (Apparently it’s something to do with the complexities of relationships and the journey of what we call life). The artist is Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) and he didn’t live to see his sculptures displayed in this way. What a pity, as he would’ve been in awe, I’m sure. The sculpture below is probably the most famous – the monolith. It took fourteen (!!!) years to make from one huge granite block.
I think it would be an entirely different type of experience to go to the park on a sunny summer’s day and perhaps then I would be able to see the beauty of these sculptures. However, I would definitely recommend that you drop in the park if in Oslo, as seeing it with your own eyes will surely make you feel something!
When I visited this park, I was working in a field that required some travel. You could say there was just the right amount – not too much and not too little. I usually had around two to four work trips a year which I found still kept the “traveling for work” -thing fun.
One yearly trip would take me to a Nordic country for conference meetings and seminars. Lucky for me, as I don’t think I would have traveled to these destinations otherwise as I’m always longing to go further to somewhere warmer. I even got to go to the Faroe Islands!
Other trips took me to Asia, Africa, South America, the Baltics… I loved these trips and I still miss the idea of traveling for work. I say “idea”, as it is possible that I would not enjoy traveling for work as much as before due to being more aware of what kind of effects flying has on the environment and also because I’m older!! I have found that the older I get, the longer it takes to recover from jet lag or even just the flight.
A while back I read an article about a Finnish man who travels a lot for work but because he doesn’t want to contribute more to his carbon footprint, he and his family never travel in their free time. I find this quite interesting, as for me, the work trips – however hectic they happened to be – were a break from my “normal” life. In the sense that I could forget about cooking, housework, kindergarten runs or grocery shopping for a few days and got to explore exotic places and meet new people.
Hence, if I had asked my family not to fly anywhere because of my work trips I would have been very selfish! Also, I think that if you are really serious about avoiding flying, then there are many jobs out there that do not require travel that could be an option. Personally, I would rather quit the work trips (which took me away from my family anyway) for family trips (even just local ones if flying isn’t an option). But of course, I do not know the whole picture behind the man’s story, so I shouldn’t make any assumptions this way or that but it is an interesting topic nevertheless.
What are you impressions of this park? What are your thoughts on traveling for work?