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Melmoth the Wonderer
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A few months ago, in a fit of, well, madness, I signed up for this . And now it's a mere two weeks away. While the running around for 13 miles in the freezing polar night doesn't faze me much, the fact I am going on my own does slightly. When I signed up all my athletic and somewhat athletic friends were interested, only to drop like flies as time went by. The organisers tell me that two people from "the city of Cavan" are coming along, so the neurotic Irish flocking together tendency may be sated, but by a remote chance would anyone on the board like to do this?

Failing that, any decent things to do in Tromsø? Aside from drink and watching the aurora borealis?

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It's the Norwegian Hull, but I loved it there. They have a great punk record shop, pubs that are packed for the ski-jumping, flying there Is like going over the moon, you'll never see a skyline such a waterly blue, and the women are gorgeous. Walk across the bridge from the hotel to the more picturesque side, and feel the wind like a bayonet in your chest. And then check out the fish soup vendor on the street corner at 4am.

When I was there, I was told the story of the English businessman whose coach was delayed to the conference centre in the depths of winter, so he decided to have a walk around the hotel. The staff strongly advised against it, and even called security in, but he was having none of it and walked out.

20 minutes later, when he hadn't returned, they sent a search party out and found him on the floor in agony - because it was so cold, the moisture on his eyeballs had frozen.

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That sounds like a perfect place for me. I'd have to just watch the race, however, perhaps with some sort of alcoholic coffee beverage in hand.
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Oh, and save up and get a round in, even though it'll be the most expensive one you'll ever buy in your life.

I did that to pay back the people who took me out for a meal in a crowded club, and the entire place parted like the Red Sea. When I got back to the table and plonked it down, they all stared in horror, assuming that I'd got it in for myself and the rumour about pissheaded Englishmen was true.

When I started handing them out, they reacted as if I was doling out car keys for Bentleys.

And definately pay a visit to the Vinopolis, if it's open. It's like a cross between a beer-off and Argos.

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Melmoth the Wonderer
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Thanks a mill Nish. Sounds good , although this

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When I was there, I was told the story of the English businessman whose coach was delayed to the conference centre in the depths of winter, so he decided to have a walk around the hotel. The staff strongly advised against it, and even called security in, but he was having none of it and walked out.

20 minutes later, when he hadn't returned, they sent a search party out and found him on the floor in agony - because it was so cold, the moisture on his eyeballs had frozen.

...perhaps is not ideal mental preparation for the damn race aspect of the whole thing!
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Well, Biosphere (Geir Jenssen) purveyor of fine electronic music is from Tromso! See: http://www.biosphere.no/

I found this theoretically-quite-interesting-but-probably-really-boring website linked from his own:
http://weather.cs.uit.no/panorama/wcam1_latest.html
That's Tromso's panoramic weather cam! On the Biosphere site, it implies that you can control it from your PC!

The Wikipedia entry for Tromso holds some interesting facts, including that the combined capacity of all the clubs and bars there is 20,000 - so, in theory, one third of the entire population could be out on the piss at once! :-)

See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troms%C3%B8

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Oh and if you're still there from the 16th onwards, there's a film festival! See:
http://www.visitnorway.com/

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The pubs are pretty much empty until 10ish, though - alcohol is so expensive, apparently, that the locals pile round someone's house and get their drink on before going out.

And you can buy Russian Army rocket launchers and the like from the local flea markets.

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Melmoth the Wonderer
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I'm beginning to like this place more and more. Twinned with Gaza City and Grimsby!
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So it's a warzone, whichever way you look at it, then?

Btw, Melmoth - it'd be great if you can see if they also sell long black Russian navy greatcoats in the flea markets, as well as the rocket launchers - I've been looking for one for ages and nowhere here seems to sell them!

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Go right now to the BBC weather site and take a look at Saturday's weather forecast for Tromso. It makes interesting reading.

NB: Tromso is above the arctic circle.

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Melmoth the Wonderer
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It's a wee bit later, currently it reads:

Saturday

Sunrise 11:46 (CET)
Sunset 11:46 (CET)
Saturday's predominant weather is forecast to be sunny.

Min 0°C

Max: -1°C

Saturday's wind direction: South Easterly Wind.6
good 995 82

Did I miss something?

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On Sunday it'll be five degrees above freezing. It's been stupidly warm up north this winter-christmas day was the warmest ever recorded in Finland, 9 degrees in Fagerholm.
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Predominantly sunny.
On December 30th.
Above the Arctic Circle.
When the sun never rises.

Oh well, it made me smile.

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The locals like to call Tromsø the "Paris of the North" which is total bollocks as it doesn't resemble Paris in the slightest.

Nishlord, yeah we really don't do "rounds" over here. What brought you to Tromsø btw? Was that you who were invited over to speak at by:larm by any chance?

That story they told you sounds like something they made up to "scare the foreginer". No way your eyeballs would freeze.

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