Exploring Oslo, Norway: Oslo rådhus, Oslo City Hall

“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.

Our Small Friends Exhibition besides the Oslo City Hall

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.

Inaugurated in 1950, Oslo City Hall is the city’s administrative body and the seat of the City Council.
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The building has been decorated by great Norwegian art from 1900-1950, with motifs from Norwegian history, culture and working life.
Future Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – it’s in his smile already!

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.

There are free tours inside the Oslo City Hall. Have you seen the interior of this administration building? 

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Exploring Oslo, Norway: Vigeland Sculpture Park

“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!

Park size is relative … whether you like it or not 🤣

Vigeland.

Snow and let it all out! 🤣

Fall season with family is the time to explore Vigeland Park!!!

The Naked Park

Okay… so let’s pile up and explore 👊🏽

So you think you are cold? How about the sculptures?! 🤣

Snowy and rainy in the midst of naked and artistic truth of sculptures!

and on to almost summer in Oslo!!

Cloudy and sunny at the same time is The Perfect time to explore Vigeland Park

Can you see the excitement of kids when it’s time to explore the Vigeland sculptures!
Vigeland sculpture is so much fun!!! ❤️

 

Have you explored Vigeland  Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway? Did you like it? 

COUNTRY 35: ICELAND, Really… Inspired By Iceland!

“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.

 

Jökulsárlón-Glacier Lagoon – the place we  used to associate with James Bond now has a totally new meaning…  “Tomorrow says the lazy.”- Icelandic Proverb 
“Tomorrow Never Dies “- James Bond 
Tomorrow… tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow! 

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)

 

Gulfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Skógafoss

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!

Norður-Austurland

 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! ❤️

Reyjavík, Ísland
✅ Hallgrimskirkja
✅ Lots of delicious fish and cheap 

 

Volcano crater, let’s put some science into our adventures!

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!

All that powerful energy of waterfall, we invite into our traveling and dreaming family..ooommmmmm

Iceland

Leif Ericson’s birthplace (and a lot of real facts about explorers!) maybe the highlight of our trip – explorers love to learn about explorers

 

Of course, trolls– stories, monuments and real ones — all over the islands! 

 

þetta reddast.

Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour For Kids 

“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. 

As if getting a fall foliage treat in Vermont is not paradise enough, a break from nature means Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour! Whooaaa, life is great! Thank you, God, for all the blessings!


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!

We love ice cream, we love flavors, we love colors, we love life! Does it show? 😍


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.  

Economic Mission – After all Ben and Jerry’s is a business institution



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. 

Product Mission

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. 

Social Mission
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. 


Dad’s Choice – Stephen Colbert flavor ice cream! 😜
Ice cream like it’s summer please…


Guess who wants a truckload of ice cream? 😜



Do you have Life’s Mission while eating ice cream? 😝


Vermont Teddy Bear For Kids, Factory Tour and Build-A-Bear 

“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.

Deciding to have a Teddy Bear?! It’s a big decision to consider, think it through… 😘

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. 

Choose wisely all the bear parts and assemble the skeletal and muscular system of the Teddy Bear
 
Fill the Teddy Bear with positive vibes!
Choose any type of positive vibes!
 

A friend for life is born! Complete with brith certificate. Meet WAYBEAR! ❤️
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! 
All across USA, Vermont Teddy Bears comply with the most personal customer quality ever for a teddy bear. We saw it for ourselves ❤️
There is Forever when it comes to Vermont Teddy Bears! Lifetime guarantee, including a TLC for every sick Teddy Bear!

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. 

When we travel
When we travel light like an expert, along came three teddy bears! 😂😂😂
Do you own a Vermont Teddy Bear? 

Halloween Howl For Kids  in Burlington, Vermont 

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this may come. ” – William Shakespeare, Macbeth 

Wonder Woman / Amazon Woman/ Traveling Woman

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! 
Shopping done At Party City

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! 

Give it up to these spontaneous traveling parents – we planned attending the Halloween event early in the morning and attended late afternoon, not without a couple selfie 👫

Captain America with Dragon Slayer Ninja, Wonder Woman and Pink Power Rangers – Turknoy Travellers! 😘❤️
These traveling kids enjoying the scary walk along the park. Superheroes inside out!

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. 

Nature and Halloween really goes together… with little bit of scare here and there, of course!
Turknoy Travels 100 in character for the day!
 

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

Omaha, Nebraska for Family Travel With Young Kids 

“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. 


While waiting for the car rental… the best way to go around Omaha is by car. The City Mayor is a woman so we have this little girl power photo!

We then hang out at the Old Market after realizing that we won’t be able to find Warren Buffet’s house. 

The Old Market, Omaha – lots of interesting to see with kids


Fall colors in Omaha, Nebraska

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.

Corn Maze in The Mid West In Fall… Hope we get that right about “American” fall activity
Pumpkin Patch
These girls love the suburbs and farm 😃
Our little lady farmer ❤️

Going back to Omaha, we got tempted yet again to visit local bookstore and had another share of our family book haul. 

More books!
Jackson Street Bookseller at Old Market

We didn’t want to leave the Bookstore, but dinner called and we enjoyed a very scrumptious local dinner at Upstream Brewing Company. 

Yes, we make it a point that kids visit Brewing Restaurant in Omaha!
Omaha Burger, isn’t this mouthwatering?!
Dinner when we travel in local restaurants always turn out to be very intimate and quiet with kids 😃❤️

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?