A Morning in Oslo

Woke up and was totally surprised at finding myself in Oslo. Went for a very long walk, during which I came across the art-historical museum, which was amazing, covering everything from mummified Egyptians to wizened eskimos, from medieval icons on the ground floor to Tom Cruise samurai suits in the attic. This clash of civilizations gave rise to bizarre thoughts, such as the similarities and contrasts between the beards of the Samurai, the beards of the Egyptians, and the beards of the medieval Christians. Realized it probably meant nothing more than that I could do with a shave myself. Still, the monks in the medieval period had no beards and neither did/do eskimos. Are eskimos monks? Are monks eskimos? Is there a connection? Lack of a need to express masculinity through hair growth? Left just before beginning to imagine eskimos in monasteries and monks in igloos.

Across from the museum, found an amazing park, with very Scandinavian looking trees, like firs. Then realized that everything I know about Norway could comfortably be fitted on the back of a very small stamp, with ample room left over for everything I know about Scandinavia. Lars von Trier, Hans Christian Anderson... but neither are Norwegian. Remembered I studied Norway in high school in South Africa, dimly remembered Bergen, fjords, and Trondheim. Also that I was 15 when I studied these. Wow. Then wandered around a lot more, found an incredible statue of King Haakon (king of Norway from 1905 to 1957) and then later found myself at a very peaceful and ordered cemetery. Then tried to get back to the hotel and ended up frantic and confused (and had more sympathy for Harrison Ford, who apart from being lost a lot also had to contend with trying to retrieve his wife, dog, and three children). Eventually sold out and took a taxi back, switched on the TV and saw that Harrison Ford's family had been returned to him, and that he was not frantic, but even more confused because for the first time in the movie he actually had a family and didn't seem to know what to do with them.


Since Geertjan claims to not have a camera, I took some photos of him and posted them here

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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