Photograph of the Hjemkomst on the waters in a museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Hjemkomst – Across the Seas

I’m ending 2016 with my last post of my trip to the US from back in February this year. Ottie and his mum brought me to the Hjemkomst Center to check out this really cool handmade Viking ship replica that a crazy guy built back in the late 70’s to early 80’s, in an attempt to replicate the entire process the Vikings underwent for their journey across the sea to land on US soil; only this time he would be heading in the opposite direction, back to Norway. The word ‘hjemkomst’ means ‘homecoming’ in Norwegian apparently, which was pretty poetic. Then again, anyone willing to dedicate the last years of his life working his way towards this epic journey – even through his terminal disease – has got to at least have some shred of romance in his blood, no? Sadly, Robert Asp didn’t live to see the homecoming journey, but his children and other adventurers were inspired to make that journey in his memory a few years later.

The Hjemkomst in a museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.Now this ships sits permanently in the museum.

The Hjemkomst in a museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Ottie at a guided tour of the Hjemkomst in a museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.We had a comprehensive guided tour of the ship and the odyssey. Apparently they had a very bad time crossing Lake Superior. As a city girl, I couldn’t fathom that something classified as a lake could be anything other than calm and placid… but boy was I wrong, judging from the terrifying experience the Hjemkomst literally weathered during that stretch. In fact, Wikipedia offers up more shipwreck instances in the lake, which is more than what could be said of the unfortunate bodies that drowned in her body.

Photograph of the Hjemkomst on the waters in a museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Diagram of the Hjemkomst in Moorhead, Minnesota.

The Hjemkomst in a museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Housed outside the centre was another handmade replica by another crazy guy. I don’t know what spurs these huge undertakings, but for sure I’d like to find the time and space for any such endeavors which may come to possess me if ever. This replica of the Hopperstad Stavkirke was built by Guy Paulson in the late 90’s. The unique architecture, tiles, and motifs would have been great to explore if only the replica wasn’t closed to visitors on that day, so we had to contend with bits and pieces of what went into the construction inside the center:

Stavkirke exhibit, Moorhead Minnesota USA.

Stavkirke plans, Moorhead Minnesota USA.

Stavkirke exhibit, Moorhead Minnesota USA.

Our final stop was an exhibit about the Prohibition in the US during the 20’s and 30’s:

Displays of the Prohibition in the US.

Tools to make Moonshine at an exhibition on the Prohibition in the USA.Mmm how to make Moonshine.

Replica of an alcohol tents during the Prohibition in the USA.

Clipping of a newspaper after the Prohibition in the USA at a museum in Moorhead, Minnesota.For the ladies.

Flapper outfit in a museum at Moorhead, Minnesota.Because I can’t not post an OOTD, even if said outfit was in the 1920s.

Cup no Fuchiko under a champagne glass at the table.Oh and I’d brought along Fuchiko-san on my trip. May have squashed her leg a little during transportation, but she’ll live. :p

Happy new year everyone!

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