Sunday, February 24


Oh, Norway, how I love you. Let me count the ways:

  • Real Winter - ok, last year it was below 30 C all winter, and this year it's been more around -10, but that's still winter like.
  • You've been non-smoking in all indoor places for 4 years.
  • You make me think Moscow is cheap.
  • You're beautiful!
  • Your people are very friendly.
  • You have very accessible nature.

    Even though it was incredibly expensive (we're talking $12 beer, $5 soda, $20-40 entrees, yes, I know, I'm always about the food), we had a great time in Kirkenes. We booked our entire trip - including the hotel in Murmansk - through Anne at Radius Kirkenes. And she was great about helping us when we had to cancel our shuttle after we found out about our visa restrictions.

    Welcome to Kirkenes
    Welcome to Kirkenes,

    You're really far away rom everything.
    You're really far away from cities people have heard of.

    On our first day we just walked around, like this guy, except maybe we're not so hip:
    Hipster crossing

    And we soaked in the sun,

    Admired how cute town was:
    Looking over Kirkenes

    Norwegian WindowNorwegian Window

    We also went to the war museum, which in addition to information about WWII also included some modern art such as a dress made from shirt collars:
    Top of Dress

    Kirkenes, being the last stop before Russia, was invaded by the Germans in 1941. Hitler thought he could bust right through and head into Russia and get to Murmansk. Murmansk was Russia's only port connection with allied supplies. Kirkenes was bombed over 300 times. The town was completely destroyed by Russian's bombing the Germans out. As the Germans left they burned anything that was left standing. Amazingly though, very few residents died thanks to shelter in Andersgrotta, their bombshelter:
    Below ground it's huge inside.
  • 1 comment:

    Mickey said...

    Now that is some interesting history. It's a lot lighter there this time of year than I would have expected.