Thursday morning Joe wanted to go back to some museums we'd visited on our previous stay in Oslo and I had it in my mind that I needed to go see "The Scream." Little did I know . . . .
So we split up. I walked 5080 steps to the Munch Museum where a very special exhibit -- that I hadn't even known about -- was being held for just another couple of days. There was a long line to get in, but people were pleasant and it moved quickly. The exhibit was terrific. A group of Van Gogh's paintings had been installed along with those by Edvard Munch. Side-by-side I saw self portraits, portraits of old men, and other pairings, until at last I came to the two Starry Nights.
It was hard to move away from seeing these two, side-by-side. But The Scream beckoned . . . .
It was smaller than I'd anticipated and the colors less bright, and somehow that added to the terror of the piece. I stood there for a long time.
Gudrun Sjoden where I found some lovely things to enhance my meager autumn wardrobe. It was raining again when I emerged, and I'd left my umbrella at the hotel, so I tried to dart between the drops but was still pretty wet on my arrival. I put my things away, changed to dry clothes, and went over to meet Joe at the Nobel Peace Museum.
And when I got there, he was coming in the door at the same time! I'd not had lunch so we went into the cafe and that was where I discovered that the dear little travel wallet my friend Bobbi had made for me wasn't in my purse. I couldn't help thinking of The Scream, but we convinced ourselves that it was in the hotel where I'd done some rearranging of my things.
The museum was free that day because the rotating exhibit was in process of being replaced. So we went and enjoyed the permanent one.
Every now and again the voice of one of the recipients would emerge for us all to hear.
Another room was dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr., and showed the process by which nominations are received and a selection made. I liked this section the best.
I was intrigued to learn that once a selection has been made for a particular year's recipient, the names of other nominees are sealed for 50 years before being revealed.
This was an interactive room, with a blackboard and colored chalk where people were urged to write their own messages of peace.
I was able to translate one childish handwriting in Spanish that said, "I wish that all the children would be happy."
When I came back to the hotel, alas, my wallet was not to be found. I trekked back to Gudrun, but it wasn't there either. I spent time on the telephone with my two credit cards and as of that time, no one had tried to use either one. Now they are canceled; driver's license, health cards, etc., will be minor hassles to deal with when we get home. My twenty-five American dollars -- well, I'm just happy it wasn't more than that.
I felt stupid, clumsy, careless, and worried that Joe was thinking the same things of me, but he just said, "I feel sorry for you. These things happen." Fortunately, he has credit cards and a debit card that aren't connected to mine.