“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” – Alfred Nobel
Oslo City Hall (Norwegian: Oslo rådhus) is a municipal building in country capital, Oslo, located in the northern part of Pipervika neighborhood and faces Oslofjord. It houses the city council, the city’s administration and various other municipal organisations. The building as it stands today was constructed between 1931 and 1950. It was designed by architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson.
Oslo City Hall is built of red brick and has two towers, one 63 meters tall and other 66 meters tall. The bricks used are larger than what was typical at the time of construction, but are roughly the same size as bricks used in the Middle Ages. The bricks – measuring approximately 27,5 x 13 x 8,5 cm – were produced by Hovin Teglverk in Oslo. The eastern tower has a set of 49 bells
On December 10 each year, during the death anniversary of Alfred Nobel, the Oslo City Hall hosts the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in which the annual laureate gives his or her lecture and is awarded the medal and diploma.
A podium for the laureate and the Nobel Committee is erected in the far end of the hall for each ceremony. The Norwegian Royal Family and Prime Minister attends the ceremony.
There are free tours inside the Oslo City Hall. Have you seen the interior of this administration building?
“That two bodies press convulsively together, man and woman, he fertilizing her, he giving her a budding life, or he planting a seed, a seed of life in her womb – Oh God. I think this God-given idea is so enormous, so eternal, so endlessly wise – that people should not be allowed to depict it in art!”
– Quote By Gustav Vigeland
One may find this quote inappropriate for a family travel blog, but this really relates to what radical unschooling or radical family lifestyle means. There is no taboo in art, so there should be no taboo in nonconforming to school, religion or any society’s institutions.
So a day spent in Vigeland Sculpture Park may be equivalent to any “normal” art or any lessons day in school. Or more. Kids running around in more than 200 naked sculptures depicting life, of course!
On a more serious tone (the previous tone was made in pun but no way less serious!)…. the Vigeland Park is one of Norway’s most visited attractions and the world’s largets sculpture park made by one artist, Gustav Vigeland, contains no less than 212 bronze and granite sculptures
Gustav Vigeland (11 April 1869 – 12 March 1943), né Adolf Gustav Thorsen, was a Norwegian sculptor. Gustav Vigeland occupies a special position among Norwegian sculptors, both in the power of his creative imagination and in his productivity. He is most associated with the Vigeland installation (Vigelandsanlegget) in Frogner Park, Oslo. He was also the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal.
The park was completed between 1939 and 1949 and all the statues are centred on the Human Condition theme of the park, illustrating relationships between men and women, adults and children.
The park can be divided into 5 main units that are located along the 850-metre-long main axis: The main gate, the bridge with the children’s playground, the fountain, the monolith plateau and the wheel of life. Norway’s most famous boy, the angry boy, is located in the middle of the bridge together with more than 50 bronze sculptures where the artist wanted to display mainly young people and show the relationship between men and women.
The popular Angry Boy sculpture shows a naked little boy crying and about to stamp his foot.
Not shying away from naked sculptures and artistic interpretation of the human bodies and its “activities” , we have explored the Vigeland Sculpture Park three times for different seasons, (two actually – cold and very cold!), and it was always an eye-opener experience, both literally and figuratively!
Fall season with family is the time to explore Vigeland Park!!!
and on to almost summer in Oslo!!
Have you explored Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway? Did you like it?
“þetta reddast”- Icelandic wisdom which means, it will work out okay. (Of course, it will – all the time!)
As the cliche goes, If we’d learnt one thing from traveling, it was the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them… and add in that Icelandic wisdom… “IT WILL WORK OUT OKAY!)
So, how do we write about our one-month experience in Iceland which turns out to be THE BEST and THE MOST EXCITING family adventure we had, to date, in one single post?
Iceland is the 35th Country out of our 100 Country Goals, the only “new”country for us for 2018 – where the mom celebrate her 40th birthday, dad’s 42nd and their 10th wedding anniversary! Out there in the very cold summer breeze of Iceland, out in the wild. With only the the three kids, camping tent, winter clothes and blankets. More than enough to realize that “Life” indeed begins.. very happily!
I wish I can tell the stories of our adventures quite elaborately, comprehensively and articulately. But I really can’t. There were mostly moments that we take pictures, make sure it’s capture (albeit barely) and we’ll unplug and be with Iceland nature, be with each other… be in moments with each other together in perfectly inspiring Iceland.
Powerful, magnificent falls and hopefully-not-so active and yes, magnificent volcanoes are mainly the stopovers during the drive around the Ring Road. We stopped sometimes were tourists stopped depending on the queue and the kids momentum about exploring!
Our Iceland Trip Highlights in bullet points – we don’t recommend that families take this as guide -we went around Iceland with carefree, spontaneous, adventurous spirits -no exact plans, no notes whatsoever and we didn’t want to stop!
Vestur til Suðurlands (West to South Iceland)
✅And lots and lots of Puffin Watching and stalking!
Suður til Austurlands
✅ Jökulsárlón-Glacier Lagoon
✅ Endless waterfalls along scenic snowy mountains to glaciers and icebergs in lakes to ocean! Oh ha! Stunning and breathtaking!
✅ Almost Permanent Rainbow and the most powerful falls in Europe, Delfoss and Selfoss
✅ Myvatn Nature Baths and lots and lots of bloopers!
✅ Artic Ocean Wildlife – seals stalking and whale watching!
Norðurland til Vesturlands
✅ More waterfalls every 15 minutes road trip! ☺️
✅ Godafoss (and the history of beginning of Christianity in Iceland!)
✅ Leif Ericson’s birthplace (and a lot of real facts about explorers!)
✅ More waterfalls 😋
✅ Jules Verne’s entrance to the Centre of the Earth
✅ Lots of authors books and literature
✅ Way more family bonding and laughters we will forever treasure! ❤️
✅ Lots of delicious fish and cheap
✅ Second hand bookstores and fancy ones, too! We love books!
There are consequences in traveling to this beautiful, modern and isolated country island. It made us question a lot of countries’ political and economic realities. “Resource Curse” is real for most geographies blessed with natural resources and gorgeous landscapes. But Iceland- what have they done? Everything seems to be prospering – farming, tourism, energy utilization, gender equality? Thinking about Iceland makes our family pause for these questions we have yet to fully answer!
“Ice-cream is the favorite currency of love. ” – Puck
Taking a break from a beautiful weather and fall foliage paradise, off we hopped into Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour. As if we needed more sugar and cream to add more fun with our naturally hyper traveling kids.
We were given a brief introduction about the company and its mission. Well, we are indeed avid fans of mission-oriented kid-friendly activities and places and with ice cream product, no less! Love, love, dream, travel and ice cream on. That’s what we say!
Ben and Jerry’s Economic Mission: To operate a company g on a sustainable financial basis of profitable growth, increasing value for our stakeholders of profitable growth & expanding opportunities for development and career growth for our employees.
After all, Ben and Jerry is a business and business needs to make money. The company is also has shareholders who has investment in the company and, naturally, want their investment to grow.
Dannndaaandaannn … and at this point, the kids would know what their mom and dad would say to them. Every family should have a similar mission. Of course, we want sustainable financial basis of continued family earnings so we can increase the value of all our family members. At this point, we achieve that by two working parents, acquired properties and calculated investments. At the end of the end, even though we aim to travel to 100 beautiful countries, islands and landmarks, we also have a mission to create little humans who will make their marks in the world.
Ben and Jerry’s Product Mission: To Make, distribute and seek the finest quality natural ice cream and euphoric concoctions with a continued commitment to incorporating wholesome, natural ingredients and promoting business practices that respect the Earth and the Environment.
As a home educating and worldschooling family, this mission exactly. Of course? Instead of ice cream, we have our kids. Not actually as products but more like, the output of raising up unique individuals enhancing their natural and God-given gifts and their euphoric passions in life. In addition, with respect to the world we live in, including all the diverse living things that live in it.
Ben ans Jerry’s Social Mission: To operate the Company in a way that actively recognizes the central role that business plays in society by initiating, innovative ways to improve the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally.
Ben and Jerry’s changing the world one ice cream at a time. Turknoy Travels 100 is commitment to change the world, one family member at a time. Hoops, yes, the kids enjoyed he ice cream Factory Tour, too!
We had a lot of talks but then we had a lot ice cream, too.
Do you have Life’s Mission while eating ice cream? 😝
“A teddy bear will give you love. A grizzly bear will give you a mauling. Some bears aren’t just the same.” – Anthony T.Hincks
Do you know how a teddy bear is made and born? Well, these three traveling Turknoys definitely does now.
Once kids made the big leap of choosing to own a best friend teddy, like life, they’ll be face with more decisions to make, not just for themselves, be for their Teddy Bears.
After making their own personal Teddy Bear BFFs, the Turknoys made a Factory Tour at the Vermont Teddy Bear to check if all the teddies are made in accordance to the quality assurance of all BFFs. Spoiler alert – it does!
We are definitely going home with more luggages than we want. Better yet, from family of five to traveling family of eight, 2 adults, 3 kids and 3 Vermont teddies. Luckily, the kids didn’t choose that big, gigantic bear.
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this may come. ” – William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Okay, the traveling parents caved in with the kids with regards to participating in a Halloween party while in USA. It’s not that we don’t celebrate Halloween. It’s not that we agree that it’s anti- religion nor anti-God. It may be a country tradition but how we see it is more like a commercial manipulation while waiting for Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Bring on the pumpkins, the season spices, costumes and gazillion candies and the retailers had October and November sales covered.
Boy, did we see how customers shopped and crammed getting the costumes. It’s part of what made us want to be part of it – better to experience it once, rather than be nagging on the edge of being bitter about it every year. So, off we celebrate Halloween, kids costumes, party and sweets!
Having said that, we choose a free Halloween event and oh boy, did we enjoy.. and the kids, too! It’s a family event in a great weather with friendly awesome people by Lake Champlain. It’s a fabulous event. We are very glad to joined.
Halloween Howl in Burlington, Vermont is a spooktakular good time on a hay ride and wandering through the haunted walk with costume contest, music and games!
Feels like superheroes walking around in the park, the forest, by the lake and in bouncy castle, that’s one awesome afternoon spent in Burlington, Vermont.
Our family members in character while one in nature is a perfect way to celebrate an awesome Halloween Howl in Burlington, Vermont.
What’s your Halloween plan? Do share Halloween traditions you do with your family.
“I love it. You know, I was born almost a mile away from here, and I’ve never have a bad experience in Omaha. Omaha and Nebraska are home to me. It’s a pace. It’s relationships. There’s a lot of continuity. There’s a lot of community. There’s a lot of friendship. It’s a very solid place, a friendly place in which to grow up and in which to conduct a business. ” – Warren Buffet, Becoming Warren Buffet, on why he chooses to live in Omaha.
We tried to find where Warren Buffet, the world’s richest multibillionaire, lives. We managed to get to his mailing address and we tried to get all the billionaire vibes in the area. Omaha has lots of gorgeous houses, it’s easy to imagine Warren Buffet’s home in the city.
To be able to get around Omaha, Nebraska, we needed to rent a car and realized that fact later on after walking from the train station wee hours in the morning, coming straight from our Chicago, Illinois family travel and waking up way too early walking around the very quiet, almost deserted city, with not even a single cab is available.
Off we went to the city’s airport and rented a car to roam the city. At the airport, we realized the the city has lady Mayor! Yay, raising global girls needed a discussion of a little bit of governance of the world and what part do ladies of power play.
We then hang out at the Old Market after realizing that we won’t be able to find Warren Buffet’s house.
After driving around the city and the nearby cities in Nebraska, we went to do exactly an “American” fall/ autumn tradition… Visit a farm, explore a corn maze and pumpkin patch. We picked our pumpkin but of course, didn’t buy any.
Going back to Omaha, we got tempted yet again to visit local bookstore and had another share of our family book haul.
We didn’t want to leave the Bookstore, but dinner called and we enjoyed a very scrumptious local dinner at Upstream Brewing Company.
If Omaha is a glimpse of Mid West USA, then we definitely need to be back soon to explore the region.
What cities in the Midwest USA would you recommend?