Hit the streets again today. Got a lot of great shots that I will be sharing over the coming days. The city was completely alive,... there were street fairs, and a 10K Sentrumsløpe (10 kilometers run through downtown and environs) that celebrated it's 30 year anniversary today. Literally THOUSANDS of people crowding into line to run their 10K. What struck me was not just the sheer number of participants, but the AGE of the the participants. I have never seen a group of 45-60 year old baby-boomers in such shape. But, this is Norway, a country with 4.8 million people (300,000 have immigrated here over the last 20 years) and ranks number 1 in living standard and in the top ten in just about everything else. They also have some of the most athletic genes on the planet, regularly trouncing countries 50 times their size in Winter Games.
It was an absolutely beautiful day, with unseasonably warm sun and even more unseasonably warm temperatures. Under a blue sky with spotted tufts of white, the sun pinched your skin and the air, still cool from Oslo Fjord and the snows that lie way, way up in far away mountains, picked your nose just enough to make you feel the paradox of life itself. Like great food, it was a concert of subtle opposites, the cool air and the warm sun that made you feel alive in an indescribable way. Like salty food with a sweetness, like the fashions that walk the streets, a delicate concert of juxtaposed, yet perfectly harmonious opposites.