Norway is playing down its Winter Olympics success, according to the New York Times, via MSN, so I’ll claim it as being down to my influence, which also scores 93 on the all new for 2018, and not used for a while parodymeter (any outsourcing funding for vulgar victory celebrations from Norway [as cited for Winter Olympics sports in the article] will be reluctantly accepted).
I didn’t think I’d taught Norwegians much about snow from the day I spent on Bergen’s Mount Ulriken in 2013 but it is now obvious that I did!
Maybe this inspired athlete was one of Norway’s gold medallists in Pyongchang?:
Running the Tromso Midnight Sun Marathon in 2007 also must have taught them a thing or two about endurance!!
Norway also provided the cover star for XaW Files: Beyond Humanity of course!
On the 2007 Tromso Midnight Sun marathon eve I went whale watching. The streets of Tromso were flying marathon flags. The Cetacea was a nice boat, with seating inside and plenty of room on the deck for viewing. We passed some musk oxen living on Ryoya island and saw sea eagles, before leaving the fjord and sheer cliffs of Senja behind to sail out to sea. Puffins flew low alongside the ship.
The first time we only saw a distant whale (referring to distance rather than mental attitude), so they offered us another voyage for free. So I sailed again after the marathon. The second time we saw a sperm whale’s tailfin up close, as it dove to the depths, which was both thrilling and touching. So, all in all, it was certainly worth the money.
Tromso Whale-Watching Photos
Here’s some photos. Not many wildlife ones I’m afraid!: