For our two full days in Oslo we were given a considerable amount of free time to rest up and explore the city. On Thursday we met in the morning to go learn about the Peace House in Oslo. The Peace House is a group that works with the Norwegian people and government to promote peacemaking practices throughout the world. The organization does many things from research and lobbying to some advocacy work. It goes without saying that they are some of the most knowledgeable, passionate people I’ve ever met when it comes to foreign affairs.
Friday morning we went to the Nobel Peace Prize Museum. Despite only having a handful of exhibits, the museum was jam packed with information and interactive displays on the former winners. In addition to the past winners, there was an exhibit devoted to the group that has most recently won, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. There group also spent a lot of time looking at an exhibit that showed what a week’s worth of food would look like for families in various places around the world. After the museum, we also got to see the beautiful Oslo City Hall.
On both days, we had the afternoon to be up to our own devices. Most of us spent our time at as many museums as we could get to. Notably, we visited the Fram Museum, which is dedicated to the Arctic and Antarctic exploration, including the very ship designed by our favorite Norwegian explorer, Fridtjof Nansen. Other activities ranged from seeing the Disney movie Frozen in Norwegian, to a beer tasting, to simply catching up on some much needed rest.