|Me with the Abel prize winner|
I was invited to be the guest speaker in conjunction with this event, so Pam and I shipped the kids off to stay with friends and headed far far north yesterday morning for what would be an unforgettable day.
From the Tromsø airport we proceeded directly to the new and fabulous science center, Nordnorsk Vitensenteret. Here I got set up for my talk and delivered it to 200 sixth graders. The original plan called for two shows with 150 students each, but a teacher strike just started today in Tromsø and some of the schools were shut down, so the two shows were combined and I was granted a little extra time for my talk, for which I was thankful. The talk was really very fun, and I got to feel like I was the opening act for the star of the day.
|Harpoons outside of the Polar Museum|
|We sat in a circle inside the museum and talked exploration with a historian|
|The view from our hotel room, showing the mountains, bridge, and the Ishavn cathedral. Spectacular!|
|The Tromsø library at the top of this hill.|
|Plenty of plazas and artwork in the city|
|Dinner with the dignitaries|
Pam and I were both invited to dinner with Endre and a small group of dignitaries. Dinner was replete with speeches, an endearing Norwegian custom. The mayor even sang a comedy song he wrote for the prize winner. The food was amazing and the drinks kept flowing. We were in fine spirits this evening and I made many new friends and received several offers for projects and collaborations.
|Another great harbor view from the breakfast room|
Breakfast this morning at the Rica Ishavn Hotel was one of the best breakfast buffets I've ever had. They served just about everything, including American pancakes – a very rare find in Norway! They even had a dish of omega-3 fish oil capsules, which must be very important for the endless nights during the winters up here inside the arctic circle.
|I liked these clocks, giving times for Early, On time, Late and Very late.|
We took a morning flight out, arriving home just before the children got home from school. It was a very special day, in a very beautiful and enchanting city. We want very much to visit again during the summer. This city is real gem.