But, as fate would have it, his little mountaineering fantasy, battered though it was, had not died that day on Mt. Fløyen. While we mourned the loss of a childhood dream, Fate was busy making other plans. Oscar's school, we discovered, was closed for a staff meeting today. The dark clouds and heavy rains of the season had been displaced by a bright blue Scandinavian sky. And, as though enchanted by a benign, but powerful, trollmann, the Athletics Administration was offering another day of free activities. Thus, Oscar's rock climbing ambitions would rise from their ruined state, and see him safely to the pinnacle of his dreams.*
At about 10:30 in the morning, we made our way into the city, and walked down Skostredet, which seems to mean "The Shoe Lane." Appropriately enough, we found a building covered with shoes, which made for a nice start to our walk.
|The Building on Shoe Lane|
|Heading up Mt. Fløyen|
|They let kids do cool stuff in Norway.|
|Oscar, still doing cool stuff.|
|Oscar's own climbing spot.|
|Oscar, with Mt. Ulriken in the background.|
|Oscar with the spear.|
|Gaining entry to the tree fort.|
|On the lookout.|
|The old city gate on Kong Oscars Gate.|
|Oscar, exhausted after a three mile meander.|
|Driving a helicopter-shaped car made out of Red Bull cans.|
**Editor's Note: Actually, Freia (Freyja, Freya) is a Norse goddess.
***Editor's Note: This is what we in the US call a "Load of Bull." Red Bull is an energy drink, and has no relation to the Viking explorer or the Norwegian violinist and composer (whose name is pronounced "ooleh bool," and is the inspiration for the song "Wooly Bully" by Sam Sham and the Pharaohs).****
****Editor's Note: This is also a bunch of bull, "Wooly Bully" is not about Ole Bull.