In preparation for President and Sister Montague who will replace us, the mission home is being remodeled which required that we move for nearly six weeks. We found a small apartment a two minute walk from the Kings palace and the palace park and a five minute walk to the mission office. It is a definite change of pace with no room for the big dinners we have frequently in the mission home. We are enjoying early morning bike rides around the city on nearly empty roads and becoming more acquainted with the city. We frequently walk through the Palace park in the evening.
The pink building to the right of Sister Tew in the background houses our apartment. We are on the top floor with the circular windows. Sister Tew straddles her bike at the entrance to the palace park grounds.
Akerselve (Akers river) spills towards the Oslo fjord in the center of the city. We biked for several kilometers and enjoyed the picturesque setting for schools, parks and apartment buildings.
Our first bike ride in the city was the morning of Day of Ascension, a formal holiday in Norway with Christian roots. Norway loves holidays. The streets were empty as we rode on this normally busy pedestrian street, Karl Johans gate.