I'm exhausted. Walked for around four hours.
I posted in syn_promo yesterday, promoting my photoblog. Wanting to post something good for my readers, I decided to go to Vigelandsparken.. A must see for any tourist in Oslo.
So I walked all the way there.. It's pretty far, so I figured I'd use the metro on the way back.
But before I left home, I had another brief photo session with The Squirrel, who is becoming increasingly bold.
Passing by Blindern on the way, I saw a tree in bloom. Not sure what kind of tree it is.
Macho man <3
Death in a tree..
Circling the Fountain (which was unfortunately dry today) are all these "trees" with people of various ages in them, starting with infancy and progressing until.. mummification from old age? This one is (obviously) the last in line.
Some of the pieces are a little disturbing. "When rabid babies attack" (Not the piece's real title)
View from the base of the Monolith
This thing used to frighten me when I was a child.
One of the many statues surrounding the Monolith. This one too disturbs me. Just the thought of being stuck with a bunch of kids like that still scares me, even more than it did when I was a child myself. "If that is motherhood, then I am not looking forward to it," I thought back then.
Another cluster of children. The horror!
I like this one.
It's the Monolith.
Not caring to go back the way I came in, I wandered into the adjacent cemetery. It was huge.
I noticed how many of the graves had the occupation as well as the person's name listed. Some had military titles. Very few of the female names had any occupation listed.. a few teachers, mostly. Most of the graves were family graves, some with the older inscriptions near unreadable, while other names were clear.
One grave almost made me cry. It just listed the male's job title and his name (no dates), and underneath: Wife. <wife's name>
Wife. What kind of an epithet is that? Is that all she was?
Who were all these people who are just unknown names on stones now?
I don't want a gravestone. If this is what being remembered is like, I'd rather not be. And that graveyard was pretty huge.. the dead take up a lot of land. I don't want to add to that.
I intend to live until the end of the world anyway, but you never know.. things don't always go the way one plans.
I ended up walking all the way home. Was pretty exhausted when I finally got back.
I haven't been to my grandfather's grave for over a decade. I remember going there maybe three or four times total when I was a kid. I think I should still be able to find it, I know which graveyard his earthly remains lie buried in. I don't even remember him, I was pretty young when he died. I should go some day, but it's on the other side of town, I'd need to use public transportation.
What about you guys? Do you have any graves you visit? There's one I'd like to visit Tuesday (will post about it then), but I don't know where it is.. it's not in Oslo anyway, I wouldn't be able to go even if I knew where.