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... The other attraction, on the second ferry trip we cross the polar circle again, so we are now back below the polar circle. Same symbolic globe in the landscape, maybe the same, maybe not, we have to verify how we went in the Hurtigruten last week and compare with the trip today to be sure.
Further on we moved to Mo i Rana, a small city on the E6 which we have to take to go back to the south tomorrow.
For dinner we went into city, but ...
... our original itinerary. A helpful employee gave us explanations of the various monuments in the car park. 2 monuments to commemorate Russian and Yugoslav POWs who died building the Arctic Railway during the occupation 1942-45. One Circle marker that originally had a Swastika on it (1939), superseded by another in 1990 near the door of the shop, lined up with the door of the shop's marble entrance way, and a line of cairns along the line of the circle to the railway.
Snow all ...
The first stop this morning was a place called Bola Naturpark. Here they have found a number of 6000 year old rock carvings including a reindeer one which looks remarkably accurate as well as a bear and a hunter. Back on the bus we were introduced to a new game in which everyone was given a peg which they had to give up if they said the banned word (she) and the winner was the person with the most pegs. Within a few minutes ...
... and we eventually found our group and met our tour leader, Charin. Emilie, I and the other 3 members of our group were bustled into a mini van and driven two hours north of Phuket to Kapong (a province in Thailand). We realised its remoteness when we had to drive down a bumpy track into the mountain to reach the entrance to the orphanage. We were greeted by the team upon arrival and shown ...
... amp; relaxed ground staff, as well as friendly flight attendants and talkative pilots.
Here are some personal highlights:
- a pilot making announcements in Norwegian, English, German and French
- cabin attendant in the Dash 8 100 wearing interesting ear protection
- repeatedly moving passangers around "to get the balance right"
- an emergency exit door, where you see gaps in the seal (=looking outside) ...