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Month: January 2009

Trollvasbu

Trollvasbu

We were planning a ski trip yesterday, but unfortunately found out that our alarm clock had stopped working! A real shame, as it was a very nice day. I took this picture from our balcony, the sun is finally back for real! We saw it on Friday too, but just when we were having lunch and it only came above the mountains for about 15 minutes. Today, equipped with a new alarm clock (vekkerklokke) ;), we got up early and…

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Soldagen

Soldagen

The 21st of January is “Soldagen” in Tromsø – the day when the sun can be seen for the first time (since November). Actually the sun has been above the horizon since the 15th of January, but since there are some mountains in the way, it takes a bit longer to actually see it from town. Traditionally people drink hot chocolate and eat a “Solbolle”. A solbolle is actually nothing more than a Berliner (a kind of doughnut, Berlinerbol in…

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"Full-time traveller, part-time worker, professional dreamer"

"Full-time traveller, part-time worker, professional dreamer"

This is a quote from the film “Encounters at the End of the World”, a documentary by Werner Herzog (who also made “Grizzly Man”). In this documentary, Werner Herzog travels to McMurdo, a US research station in Antarctica. He’s interested in the landscape, but also very much in the stories of the people (scientists, engineers etc) staying there. He meets some crazy characters and the film is full of brilliant quotes. A linguist working in a greenhouse (long story!), when…

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Welcome to Norway!

Welcome to Norway!

We arrived back in Tromsø last Tuesday, and this time I am here to stay! So I had to change the title of this blog, no more Norwich for me… We arrived late at night, in a snowstorm. The plane had to circle around the airport for an hour before they had cleared the runway enough for us to land. We were actually very lucky to land, flights before and after ours were diverted to Bodø – this means a…

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Wales

Wales

We spent last week in Wales, and were lucky enough to have sunny (but cold) weather every day. We arrived on Monday evening, and at night we went for a walk. It was a clear night and all the stars were out, we could even see the Milky Way!  We decided to try taking a star trail image. We left the camera open for about 20 minutes, and below you can see how much the stars “move” (or rather how…

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