The Kon-Tiki Expedition

Kon Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl. 

Only a year or so after the end of WWII five Norwegians, a Swede and a Spanish-speaking parrot of irritable disposition put their sense of adventure ahead of their sense of safety, and set out on one of the most audacious expeditions of modern times. Continue reading

The Royal and Ancient Society of Polar Bears

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photograph by Daniel J. Cox; http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Who doesn’t love a polar bear?  Although, as the world’s largest terrestrial carnivore, with a healthy sense of curiosity and an enormous pair of front paws, it may not be a wise idea to think of it as a cute, cuddly creature.  To the indigenous people of the Arctic they are the great wanderers, embodying the qualities of resilience, tirelessness and adaptive intelligence.  Other cultures believed that the bears were the keepers of magic, the givers  and takers of power.

The Norwegian settlement of Hammerfest, at 70° 39′ 48″ North, lays claim to being the northernmost city in the world.  It also adopts the polar bear as the symbol of the city. Continue reading