7 July, Norway – ‘All Over The Place – Europe, Part 2’
As a kid at school I remember being taught on more than one occasion about the brave Scott of the Antarctic who set off to walk to the South Pole, only to be beaten by sneaky Norwegians and then, to add insult to injury, perishing in the snow. It’s a mark of just how silly nationalism can be that I have no memory of anyone making much of an effort to teach us the name of the person who led the expedition that actually made it there first – Roald Amundsen. He pulled off this incredible feat by making it to the furthest point south that a boat has ever been in his ship ‘The Fram’.
Today we were filming at the Fram museum in Oslo, an impressive, tall, triangular shaped building by the bay that houses the ship itself. Being ‘All Over The Place’ we couldn’t just pay a normal visit, so Naomi and I were in fancy dress and prepped to sing a song about Norwegian explorers. First off we boarded the surprisingly large wooden boat and I sweltered my way through the opening verses of the song dressed in full period arctic clobber, then we moved on to the museum next door to see the Kon-Tiki, a raft that was built to cross the Pacific in 1947 to demonstrate a theory of how the Polynesians might have done it hundreds of years before (this was when Naomi’s tropical costume began to make more sense. I definitely drew the short straw in the outfit stakes today with the hot summer weather).
I recommend looking up the Kon-Tiki on Google. It’s a wonder that they didn’t all drown at sea, and the leader of the expedition, Thor Heyerdahl, enjoyed the experience so much that he went on to cross the Atlantic in a boat made of reeds!