JULY 29, 2018

BACK IN NORWAY

I was very lucky to secure funding to be able to come back to Norway for another week of research (and visiting family in Drammen first). Tomorrow I will head to Oslo to conduct research at the National Library, the National Archives, Norges Bank and the Resistance Museum (not all in one day).  I rented a nice Airbnb in the posh embassy area of Oslo (I didn't realize this at the time) and hopefully the weather will have cooled down a bit. Norway and Europe in general has been in the grips of a heat wave - they haven't had rain in Norway since May and everything is very dry - my cousin's lake at the tourist cabin she manages has gone down 50 centimeters. 

Old Norges Bank (in doorway of the modern Sparebanken building)

Old Norges Bank (in doorway of the modern Sparebanken building)

Also, last night walking back to the hotel from Anchas Bodega, I found this doorway: 

 

View of the fountain in the public square at the train station, from Baker Hansen Cafe, Drammen

View of the fountain in the public square at the train station, from Baker Hansen Cafe, Drammen

Since I have hit several snags along the way in terms of my research, this trip I have several goals. 

  1. Visit Norges Bank and find out who manages the archives (they might all be on vacation)
  2. Go through records I have requested to see at the National Archives - I couldn't see any of the files online as I need to be in the country to access them
  3. Revisit the Resistance Museum to see if I missed any details about the Norwegian resistance movement during WWII
  4. Conduct research at the library  - not sure what I will find here but perhaps I will get lucky