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Last Day in Tromsø

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The lobby at the Smart Hotel, our new fave hostelry.

February 23, 2015.  After our long night chasing the Northern Lights, we slept until around 10 a.m., then dragged ourselves downstairs for a quick breakfast in our Smart Hotel lobby.  I totally love Smart Hotels, by the way.  Not only are they affordable, but they’ve streamlined their rooms down to sleek yet spare models of efficiency and comfort.  Spaces are tight, for sure — everything you need at a fingertip’s distance from the bed or toilet — but cleanly designed with a Danish modern feel that doesn’t feel cheap, despite the low price.  Definitely a recommendation for my fellow travelers. Continue reading Last Day in Tromsø

Snow, Ice, and Darkness

January 30, 2015.  It’s here.  The Mørketid.  The Dark Time.  I’ve been dreading it; when the day is a little less than six hours long, and two of those hours are devoted to murky dawn and dusk.  Christmas staved off much of the dreariness with its cheery festivities and candlelight.  But now that the holiday is long gone and the snows are heavy, the darkness is beginning to get to me. Continue reading Snow, Ice, and Darkness