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Vigeland Sculpture Park

 
One of Oslo's most beloved tourist attraction is Vigeland Sculpture Park.
 
 
The Sculpture Park, located in Frogner Park consists more than 200 sculptures made by the same artist - Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943). The sculptures portray naked humans in a variety of poses and situations - some more unnatural than others and all of them tells a different story. Let's just say that you can spend quite some time here without getting bored since there is a lot to look at!
 
If the weather is good, bring a picnic and enjoy the big open space of Frogner Park.
 
Read more about my trip to Oslo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quick facts about Vigeland Sculpture Park
 
Name: Vigelandsanlegget
Built: Started 1924
Entrance fee: None
Location: Frogner Park, Oslo
 
Who should visit?
I honestly think that everyone can find something that interests them with the variety of weird poses - you don't have to be particularly interested in art to enjoy this.
 
My rating: 
★★★★/★★★★★
 
 
 
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Travel Throwback Thursday: Rhodes 1996

 
I had to dig deep into the family photo albums to find photos to this week's Travel Throwback Thursday!
 
I was only one month old when I was on an airplane for the first time and traveled to relatives in northern Sweden, but my first time abroad was in October 1996 when I went to the Greek island Rhodes. As you can imagine, I have zero memories of this trip, but I often get reminded of it since I was eleven months old at the time and took my first steps there. I always talk about how rewarding it is to travel and experience new places, so it's sort of poetical that I actually learned to walk in another country, haha.
 
I've been back to Greece once since 1996 (Kos, 2002) and I'm actually going to the Greek Island Crete this summer so I will finally experience Greece with a somehow adult consciousness! I'm really looking forward to hanging out on some beautiful beaches and eat halloumi and tzatziki until I explode ;)
 
 
Me playing at the poolside at the hotel
 
Left: an Unknown street on Rhodes, but look how cute I am in my little hat! Haha ;)
Right: Me and my mother in front of what I after some time on Google believe is Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
(which by the way must be the longest name of a castle ever!)
 
 Obviously knew already then how awesome it is to sleep in a lounger

10 Reasons Why I'm Happy I Was Born in Sweden

 
Happy National Day of Sweden! 🇸🇪 
 
We Swedes are extremely bad at celebrating our national day, most of us do not even know why we have one. It might not be so odd since June 6 only been Swedens national day since 1983, and a public holiday since 2005 which might explain why we still haven't got the hang of it. I think we have to look at our neighbors Norway to see how a proper national day should be celebrated ;)
 
I would still like to take this opportunity and write a post about my wonderful home country since I think it deserves some extra love and celebration today. I know that I complain a lot about Sweden during the winter months and make fun of how stiff we are to strangers, but I would never wish that I've been born somewhere else.
Here are 10 reasons why I'm happy I was born in Sweden:
 
 
1. You can travel to 176 countries without a visa with a Swedish passport
Only people from Germany can travel to more countries than us (177, to be exact).
 
2. Education in Sweden is completely free
We also get free food when we're there and a grant every month.
 
3. Same-sex marriage is legal in Sweden
And same-sex couples are also allowed to adopt.
 
4. Swedes are bilingual since we learn both Swedish and English in school from a young age
We also put subtitles on English movies and TV-shows instead of dub them like many other European countries do.
 
5. Sweden has a day in October where we celebrate the cinnamon roll
Enough said.
 
 
 
6. Sweden has a feminist government and takes gender equality seriously
According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, Sweden has the best gender equality in Europe. 
 
7. Everyone is allowed to have 5 weeks of vacation each year
Of these, you are entitled to a four-week continuous vacation during June-August.
 
8. Sweden has "Allemansrätten" which is the right of public access to nature
This means that everyone has the right to camp and roam freely in nature as well as pick wild berries, flowers etc.
 
9. 99% of Swedens waste gets recycled
We take climate change seriously and every household recycles their own waste.
 
10. Sweden has a good reputation abroad
Just being a Swede have solved a lot of problems while I've been traveling.
 
 
"Sweden has it all: high-quality exports, a tolerant society, low crime, beautiful cities to visit, a high standard of living, a mild climate, and a strong sense of business. Sweden received the highest marks among all countries for perception of an effective government and ranked second among respondents for appealing environment and its advanced economy. It is seen by many as safe and welcoming." - Business Sweden