Traveling this week, stay tuned.

Another trip, another traveling companion.  Who will accompany me on this short voyage north and back?

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Flights and food: Scandinavia 2014 Trip Part 7


Last time I was in Scandinavia, I visited the world’s largest IKEA.  This trip, I visit the world’s largest (and best) something else.  What is it?  You’ll have to keep reading.

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A dark night: Scandinavia 2014 Trip Part 6

My last night in Tromso, perhaps forever.  Let’s hope for a good show.  I already had one, why not two?

The second tour was with Green Fox Guiding.  Highly recommended on Tripadvisor, my guide was able to handle 8 people from different parts of the world with no problem.  He had good knowledge and was helpful with night photography tips.

The night began at our meeting point near the dock for the world famous Hurtigruten ferry.  You may have heard about the real-time, live streaming broadcast of the entire Norwegian coast trip that broke television viewing records in Norway back in 2011.  Watch the sped up version here, or the entire 134-hour video here.  The concept is called Slow TV and it might catch on in the US (imagine a more exciting Yule Log channel).


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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Free fancy food and found finances

I spend a lot of time online, sometimes it is for research, sometimes it is to be entertained, oftentimes in the form of games.  Some of those games give real world rewards, like gift cards, Redbox codes, t-shirts, and more, all without paying out of pocket (unless you count time spent, which I don’t). 2 months ago, I was able to redeem points for a complimentary dinner for 2 with the executive chef or manager at 630 Park Steakhouse at the Graton Resort & Casino via MyVegas Rewards (a Facebook game).  Last night, I was finally able to make the drive for my first visit to the almost 2-year old casino.

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The days between the nights: Scandinavia 2014 Trip Part 5

While seeking the Northern Lights were my main purpose for being in Tromso, there is plenty for visitors to do during the day.  I imagine tourism is a main industry here, and there must be something to do in the between times (and summer time of endless daylight). Continue reading

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Too much sun: Scandinavia 2014 Trip Part 4

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more daylight.  Don’t you wish it wasn’t so bright all the time?  After all, when you can’t see the sun, you get some pretty nice cosmic views.  One of the reasons for this trip was to see some spectacular aurorae, whose activity level is directly influenced by the sun.

I booked two tours for my three nights (first night midnight arrival doesn’t count).  In case weather interrupted one of them, I had another chance to see something good.  They were expensive, but I’m already spending the money to get here, I should increase my odds as best I reasonably can.  I left a night in between the tours to do my own thing, and if I saw a great show on the first tour, I could still cancel the second and get a refund.  The daytime would be used for normal tourism, city walking, food, museums, etc.  I don’t need much rest when traveling, and I like being out in cold weather.

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