Tonight should be interesting -- I'll be staying at the Tulpan Hotel in Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining community in Svalbard, Norway. I've ordered the "Soviet accommodation" and will be cut off from the outside world until tomorrow, for I have been warned there is no internet on the island.
Currently I am in a guesthouse in Longyearben and the owner could not believe I would want to spend the night there, a ringing endorsement from a local! It is about 38F with drizzle right now in a land in which the sun does not set for three months each year and a watermelon costs about $20 (I just returned from the grocery store!).
So here goes nothing...