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Fishing boats in Norway’s easternmost town

Thought for the day….” People who say that money does not buy happiness do not know which shops to shop in”. ” Adversity is the weight that strengthens us”. Back online after some internet problems, and another photo from the north of Norway, far above the Artic circle.   This photo is of Vardo, in the province of Finnmark.   As Finland is so close at this point, then it also has a Finnish name (Vuorea) and a Sami name, (Várggát).    Only a small population of around 21oo live here, although with the extremely long winter, then that is hardly surprising.  It has the honour of being the easternmost town in Norway, with Russia being not far away across the bay.     It actually lies further east (31 degrees) than Istanbul, Kiev or St. Petersburg.  Much of the land around is barren and treeless artic tundra.  Fishing and fish processing are the main industries here.   Interestingly, it is also the site of Globus II, a radar tracking station for space junk, although given that Russia is so near, then this station may also have other uses.  Vardo is one of the stops on the famous Hurtigruten coastal boat service in Norway. Another photo taken with the Fuji X-E1 camera. Wordpress-Vardo and another photo from the archives….4 modes of transport in this photo from Cuba……. LOW-RES-Trinidad ALL PHOTOS ON THIS SITE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. http://www.qualityresortnorefjell.com                   http://www.norefjellsparesort.com


Colour at the top of Europe (almost).

Thought for the day…” A fool and his money are soon elected”   (Will Rogers)

“It is better to regret something you did, rather than something that you did NOT do”.

Work has taken me up to the top of Norway and the top of Europe, but I took some time off to get out and about with the camera.      Despite several very grey and dull days, a burst of sunshine made all the difference for a photo of these houses at Honningsvag, Norway.   Officially, to be classed as a city in Norway, a place has to have over 5000 people, but Honningsvag, poplulation about 2500, was exempted from this rule.   Fishing and tourism are the many industries here, with cruise ships visiting in summer to allow passengers to travel to the nearby Nordkapp.   The mean average temperature here is just +2 degrees, as it is at almost 71 degrees north.      Taken with the Fuji X-E1 camera and 18-55mm standard kit lens.

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and another photo from the archives….a serene scene from the Seychelles.

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Plastic or Paper? No choice in Rwanda.

Thought for the day…”Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

It is estimated that at least 1 TRILLION plastic bags are used each year, and that China alone uses more than 3 billion everyday (3 per person).     If you consider that it takes around 1000 years for a non-biodegradeable bag to completely disappear, then it is bad news for the environment.    The bad news goes further, many of these bags end up in the sea, creating even more problems.     One big surprise (but a good one) is that Rwanda banned plastic bags completely, no manufacturing, importing or selling of plastic bags.   And the results of this are VERY easy to see when you travel around the country.   The Rwandans decided that charging for plastic bags in shops was not an option, as the bags would still be dumped around the countryside, so there would still be a problem.   Medical use is one of the few exceptions in Rwanda.   The results of the plastic bag ban are very clear to see when you visit the country, is is surprisingly clean.    Rwanda also has a monthly community cleaning morning, called “Umuganda”.  This is compulsory for every citizen aged between 18 and 65 who is able to work.   On the last Saturday of every month, citizens carry out public works to clean and tidy the country.   Things like cutting hedges, mowing grass and clearing paths to keep the country clean and tidy.   Tourists often are surprised that Rwanda is so clean, and the frequently-heard comment is that Kigali is the cleanest capital that they have been in.   Some other cities around the world are following this idea of banning plastic bags, but the Rwandans have shown that it can be done and that it works.   Full marks to them !!!

Copenhagen for the photo today, and a cruise ship competes with apartment blocks for the views.

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and another photo from the archives…..Caribbean sunset in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia…..

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