Posted by: Margaret Cappa | June 8, 2010

June 7: Last day in Oslo, last day in Norway

Wow! This internship has FLOWN by!!

Today was a full day of seeing some sights and having meetings. My plane leaves in a few hours for Ottawa, I can’t believe it!

The day started when my 7:45 a.m. wake up call came on my hotel telephone. It was a glorious morning; the sun was shining, the breeze was warm and when I turned on the TV-Music channel Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was playing! How much more awesome could your last day in Norway start than that? I have to admit, I woke up dancing today 🙂

Chantaie and I had morning coffee with the man who started the Barents Observer, now that was really neat. What an inspiration!! We had great conversation and some good laughs about being in the high north.

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1180-year-old Viking Ship

1180-year-old Viking Ship

We’ve seen the Olympic ski jumping complex, the Norwegian Parliament, the Viking Ships Museum and Vigeland Sculpture Park. Now seeing the Viking ships in person was really neat. I can’t believe how well-preserved two of the three are! They look as if they were just made 100 years ago, never mind 1100+ years. I learned that the Vikings, much like the Egyptians, buried their deceased with all sorts of belongings, including servants and animals. Two of the three ships in the Viking Museum are burial ships, where as the very decrepit one is thought to have been a sailing ship. So neat to see! They are HUGE!

Another beautiful landmark was the Vigeland Sculpture Park. The sculptures are incredibly life-like. Their faces can be filled with sorrow, joy, disdain, anger or happiness. It’s amazing that someone can convery such emotion in a statue!

The Vigeland Sculpture Park is famous for the “Angry Baby,” which in fact, has been stolen a few times! But, it’s safely back and apparently reinforced with anti-theft measures.

Well my plane leaves in a just a few hours for Canada. I better finish packing!

This internship and experience has been like none other. I feel so lucky, so blessed and so grateful. I’ve learned a lot about journalism and reporting in Norway and the high north, I’ve grown a lot as a person and I’ve gained some great friends and contacts 🙂

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