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15 July 2005

still less than zero

happy birthday jenn!

i was able to sleep until 1000 this morning, repairing, but upon waking i was still swaying. i wanted to make travel plans before i explored the city; best to plan at the arrival to avoid departure stress. my lovely girlfriend would be meeting me in the czech republic in ten days. i'd originally planned to be somewhere in germany at this time; i now found myself far above the arctic circle and needed to determine how i'd get to prague.

i'd heard one internet cafe was charging 2 kroner, roughly .30 usd, a minute for internet access. over 18 usd an hour to use the internet. blah. i would not be victimized; i'm an advocate of free internet. one day. it took me about thirty minutes to zero an open internet access point, outside, a bit cold, a few strange looks, but free. again, hours wading through websites. the plan drafted to be set in motion in four days: bus to narvik, norway; train to stockholm, sweden; [transport to oslo, norway, to be determined]; plane to prague, czech republic. it's a good feeling when plans are made. i'm not quite at the flexibility by day level; currently at flexibility by week. a potential evolution.

my body was still less than zero. i would overcome the sickness by eating and sleeping. i wandered the city a bit, crossing the tromso bridge to the arctic cathedral. watched the northbound hurtigrute enter the harbor. but not too much walking, i returned to the hostel and met john [australian], stephan [german], nate [israeli], noelle [french], and sjourd [dutch]. quite an international crew. after the spaghetti i felt like i was winning the battle. nate had climbed the mountain today; i asked him if he wanted to go out again at midnight. we resigned to climb tomorrow.

john said he had seen me on the computer earlier and wondered how i'd connected. i gave him a short lesson in the covert wifi operations of the global reconnaissance organization.

posted by paul on Fri 15 Jul 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)

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