Remember my bragging about the world chess championship and the extreme arctic bike race circuit coming to town? Well, the first made finding hotel rooms kind of a nightmare and now the second poses problems for getting our massive amounts of food and gear to the Hurtigruten, our ferry to the island of Ingoya tomorrow.
|The race guides and general information plus field notebook|
|The bike route through town tomorrow|
|A view from my hotel of the city of Tromso soon to be crawling with road bikes…and spandex, eeeek|
|A list of the stages as they loop town|
|It is tough to see but at this vendor you can order "whale and beef skewers"|
|Classic Norwegian sight: Air-Dried salted cod toward the back|
|A little closer look at the cod|
|Speaking of cod, here is a booth selling Bacalao which is a slightly polarizing dish. Either you like dried cod reconstituted with milk then mixed with tomato sauce, potatoes, and olives or you don't. I've had it done great and not so...|
|Gotta have something for the kids in the land where legos began. Make your own lego mini-cart and see how far it will go|
It is around 15:00 right now (scientists get to use cool military time) and I am finishing this with just enough time to get our main personal bags down with the gear. It makes life a lot easier to just have a backpack for tomorrow and not worry about any more bulk than we have to. I am getting picked up shortly and then on to the first near-whole group meeting. There are a lot of people doing different tasks on this trip: Professors, Grad. students, a Fullbright Scholar in Journalism, an undergraduate, oh yeah, and one math teacher. This should be fun...