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Greetings from Tromsø

Last week the sun came back to the city of Tromsø. Well, just five hours a day, but it means the polar winter is waning.

At just over 69° N latitude, this Norwegian city boasts the northernmost of many things: the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack’s Brewery; the northernmost university, University of Tromsø; the northernmost Protestant Cathedral, The Tromsø Cathedral and even the world’s northernmost Burger King, which is … well, Burger King, but with much better bread. There is also a 7-Eleven store which may be the world’s northernmost, but they don’t sell Slurpee’s or Big Gulps, so it may not count. Who knew Michael Bloomberg had so much global influence? Instead of fountain sodas and greasy taquitos, they have espresso machines and bacon wrapped sausages on whole grain rolls, which are delicious.

What’s normal here is the freezing weather, gorgeous people; snow covered mountains, deep fjords and the northern lights. In the grocery store, reindeer and whale meat is usually cheaper than chicken and everything else is beyond expensive.

Yesterday, I spent the morning at Tromsø Villmarkssenter in a narrow red dog sled wrapped in reindeer skins, while my husband Joe lead our team of five Alaskan huskies beside the mountains and fjords of Kvaloya and into the southern sun. Joe turned out to be a natural musher, catching on quickly how to maneuver the sled and get the dogs moving with a crisp “O-kay…UP!”  sounding just like the Norwegian lad who commanded the lead sled.

It was one of the most incredible things I have ever experienced. After we thanked each furry, panting member of our team, we went to the dog yard to greet some of the really friendly 300 Alaskan huskies who reside there. The dogs live outside year round and eat a diet of raw whale meat mixed with cow stomachs washed down with water and kibble.

I was invited to Norway, one of the most beautiful countries on the planet to attend the DOKFOTO, Photofestival in Oslo where I presented my ongoing project: “The War Within: Sexual Assault in America’s Military.” Thanks so much Terje Bringedal for the amazing opportunity. I am already planning my next visit.

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 under Blog, News. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 responses to “Greetings from Tromsø”

  1. Eli Reed says:

    Oh my God! You extremely lucky guys. Wish I was there. You got it now? I am envious. I was at Oslo to give a talk at the Nobel Peace Center in 2009 and I really loved it even tho I was only there for a few days. I knew that Joe would be a natural with the huskies. Your husband is a cool guy which makes sense because he married a super cool woman. Rock on guys! Big kiss to both of you!

  2. Lynn Clark says:

    To whom are all the MST survivors speaking? Nearly all of the committee seats are empty. Is this why they left the chain of command in charge as gate keepers of the military justice system?

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