Before The Storm – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.
Thought for the day….” Yesterday is history, learn from it. Today is the present, act on it. Tomorrow is the future, plan for it”.
“When the wind changes, pessimists will complain, optimists will hope for the wind to change, and leaders will adjust the sails”.
A photo today taken just before a storm, and just before the last bit of sunshine disappeared. Taken in the settlement of Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen in the far north. Originally a whaling station, it was the mining of coal that later became important. Spitsbergen is shared between Norway and Russia, and both companies still have coal mines there. There is even a branch of a Norwegian university there, to study Artic sciences. Spitsbergen has a population of around 2700 people. although they are far outnumbered by the number of polar bears. Due to the large number of polar bears, trekkers and hikers are required to carry a gun when outside of settlements. There is also a Seed Vault here, a sort of domesday project to store seeds from every country in the world. From Spitsbergen is is not far to the North Pole.
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