We’ve had an unusual visitor this weekend. A little girl named Olivia Dalyla who is a doll made by a family member from the US. My sister in law is studying for teaching and has a project to show how you can travel around and experience nice things around the world. Tomorrow the doll will be sent to Illinois for new adventures.
Her mother did not send any appropriate clothes for exploring the winter wonder land so we made her a nice snow suit. Above you see her before and after getting ready for winter adventures.
So we had a special tourist friend to show around in Oslo today and with lovely, sunny weather too. At first we went to Holmenkollen Ski Jump up in the mountain, close to the city. It is the famous ski jump from the Olympics in 1952. Nearby we also introduced her to our former King Olav V who was very sporty both skiing and sailing. He also won a gold medal in sailing in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.
After this slightly scary jump, we went to Vigeland Park and Olivia vas introduced to the sculptures. The most famous is the angry boy – the pics to the left.
Olivia was delighted about the snow, the sun, the nature and the atmosphere and staring until her eyes nearly popped out of the beauty. As I have written in an article before: Vigeland Park is just beautiful and not as erotic as you might think :-).
All this pics were taking with my Nokia 6680 and to mix it all together with some typical Norwegian music (Edvard Grieg, ‘The Wedding March’ from Peer Gynt), I made a movee which I gladly share with you.

So now we hope Olivia will have a nice trip back to the US. The rumours about her trip is already running, but don’t tell her mom as she want to describe the adventures herself :-)

Olivia is a part of an international literacy and communication activity for primary and junior students, teachers and families and called “Flat Stanley Project”. Please visit their site to see how this assignment can be used to open up the whole world to children! If you want to meet one of Olivia’s Big Friend Kim, click here! If you like to see the rest of the 33 pictures we took this wonderful and exciting day, you may click here.
As to my referrals in the article, read more about King Olav V here, Edvard Grieg here and Vigeland Sculpture Park here.


  1. The doll in the winter suit is really cute…:)
    You were lucky the weather this weekend was perfect for visiting Holmenkollen and Vigelandsparken.

    … still crossing our fingers for an olympic gold…have a nice week ahead of you and your family.

  2. You should sell your movie to the Department of Tourism ! Well done!

  3. Thank you so much for showing Princess Flatness such a great time in Oslo! I am sure she haveing a wonderful time, esp. now that she is a famous movie star (I hope it is not going to her head). I hope that she is minding her manners and thanked you properly for the lovely snowsuit. Y’all are awesome!

    Love, Andrea

  4. Dear Renny,
    What can I say? Thank you for helping us with our project in such a big way! I have posted a link to your blog on my website:
    I hope that is okay. Olivia seems to be having the time of her life. The movie is awesome. I see how this assignment can be used to open up the whole world to children in a very personal and significant way! Thanks again! You and your family are terrific!!!!!
    Love Olivia’s “Big Friend”,

  5. Al: You’re comments are accurate as you have experienced the lovely weather too. You’re article “Burning skies” is astonishing. Visit her blog!
    Sidney: Thanks – a compliment from you is an honor. You’re photoblog is always worth a visit!
    Andre and Kim (Olivia’s Big Friends): I’m glad you liked the summery of Olivia’s visit and wish you the best for you’re project. It’s a great idea using the net to show children how nice and friendly the winter wonder land can be:-)

  6. i posted some pics of holme on my site
    this project is wonderful..

  7. Great article and wonderful pics Sha! You really have captured the essence of Holmenkollen Ski Areana.

  8. Hei Renny, there is a question on my blog that I would pass to you. He was asking how much a programmer in Norway earns? (I have no idea)
    Hope you would have the time to answer it on my blog.


  9. I find the dolly cute and also the walking around and taking the pics with the dolly on tour is quite novelty.

  10. hello renny,

    thanks for visiting my blog.

    i like your photos. superb.

    thank you very much.


  11. Al: thanks for passing the question. My asumtion is from 45 € and up. Any how know better?
    Chas – the master of designing blogs: Yes it was great to take the litte girl around in Oslo.
    Jeff: you’re welcome and I will visit you’re blog more often too.

  12. Thank you Renny for replying to the question of James. :) I appreciate it!

  13. Hi Renny, I’ve finally come as far to comment in your blogg:-) I liked this idea of the dull visiting the Vigeland Park and the playfulness…

  14. Hi Renny,

    Mylene here, Al´s friend. I had a wonderful visit in Norway. I particularly like Vigeland Park. I saw monolith in a movie actually . The Haunting with Catherine Zeta Jones. Your blog is interesting..i will check on it from time to time as I intend to visit again in summer …:-)

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