Our last night in Oslo we had pretty much already collapsed in our apartment from the day of exploring and started packing up for our train ride to Bergen.  In the midst of packing I asked Mark if he saw everything that he wanted to in Oslo and he said, "you know there is a church that is really close to here."

Packing ceased and we headed out around 10:00 p.m. to see if we could find the Old Aker Church.  We ventured through the cemetery where Edvard Munch was buried and a short distance past the cemetery we came across the church. 

There is something very different about walking the church's grounds where the cemetery attached to the church is beautifully landscaped and cared for.  Back home church's don't have that same tie to the local parishioners.  Yes in smaller communities but in Minneapolis you have to make a concerted effort to go to a cemetery.  You no longer walk through it to attend service or mass.   I picture an entire community in their Sunday best coming for church to celebrate life here and life of their dearly departed.  The grounds are peaceful, calming and a gentle reminder that life is short, appreciate every moment. 

By Lindy & Mark