Tuesday, July 12th 2016

All trips in Svalbard were expensive. I was there for two weeks and I couldn't afford to do something every day, so on my spare days I walked into Longyearbyen. It was about four miles from the campsite - the longest walk you could do in Svalbard without being armed. The low road was pretty boring. The high road was more interesting, following the route of an old cable car system which used to carry coal from the town to the port. Svalbard is a weird mixture of nature as pristine as it comes and grotesque environmental vandalism. All human relics here are ugly and industrial, but anything built before 1946 is considered valuable heritage and cannot be touched. So the old so-called Burmaveien will be here for centuries, probably, decaying slowly in the Arctic air.

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