ok, 20 hours of night is a long time for most of us middle-latitude folk... and i admit, if i had to worry about carrying out all my daily tasks and schedules and go to work in darkness such as this, i might find it very difficult indeed. however the beauty of being a perfect stranger in a strange land with no responsibilities and with nothing more pressing to be accountable for than to enjoy one's time, it was wonderfully refreshing to have an extra 12 hours of darkness!! true, it did give me a very short window of available light to take pictures, but it gave me so many extra hours of napping and stoking the fire!! and what a wonderful trade off that was!! :)
after complete darkness fell around 2:30pm, there was this natural urge to 'have dinner'... it was the strangest feeling!! and right behind those natural feelings were the other natural instincts to want to head home, cuddle up by the fire and prepare for bed. most days i was able to resist the temptation in favor of continuing my local exploration of the town and being 'out and about' ... after all, it wasn't time for dinner and in the lower latitudes i most likely would have stayed active for at least another 5 hours!
it made it easier to see that most people were still running errands: going to the bank, going shopping, going to cafes and the library. in fact much of my shopping happened at 'night' once the light was gone for normal pictures. i would also hang about the library in order to check email and facebook (of course) so i could keep abreast of what was happening elsewhere in the world and make daily updates to my status.
here is a shot of the Tromso-Tromsdalen bridge from the Tromsdalen side (the bridge i took my previous elevated shot from). i don't remember the time (as after darkness fell the hours all seemed to run together), but it was probably about 4pm and i was headed back into town which would take me over the bridge and into the distant lighted area of downtown Tromso. it was a beautiful walk across the bridge, affording marvelous views during the short twilight hours and the long night hours alike.
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