One of the “simple things”…

If you look around in picture groups on Facebook and Instagram, you discover some amazing photographs of the nature in the area. Professional and amateur photographers alike find great success creating art from the surroundings, and it’s no surprise; this truly is a wondrous and wild environment.

But sometimes one gets a feeling of being lucky without a grand panorama. This morning, staring out my kitchen window in the middle of town, it suddenly occurred to me that even this ordinary view, without special lighting or a theme or any setup, made me feel really fortunate to be here.  There’s a tremendous sense of serenity after a new snow, with the world so quiet and fresh and beautiful, and for a moment all the conflicts and problems and noise falls away and you feel, just for that instant, like everything is going to be okay.

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An App for a Tour Guide

I found an interesting review of a phone app by a company called “Stray Boots”: http://goo.gl/YyHtAw

An app as a tour guide?  Well, maybe… if you don’t have the budget to hire a private guide, or if there’s no guide to be had, it can be a good way to go. It sounds like they do a proper job of making the tours fun and interactive, so that’s a plus. Whatever helps people to be more engaged when they travel, is positive.

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Hey, where’s the color!?

If you want to see the Northern Lights, Alta is a great place to go.  For one thing, there’s dry land to stand on (try standing in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and see how important that suddenly becomes). Our climate is stable, dry and not so cloudy as other areas.  And of course, only Alta has US here in town to keep our fingers crossed for the visitors, and I’m pretty sure that helps a lot, too.

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Getting the party started

It’s a funny feeling to start up a new publishing channel.

Alta sits amid stunning scenery, and it’s a really nice place to be.  I’m lucky that I get to live in a part of the world that a lot of people take time and money to visit, and even more people only wish they could come and see.

But for all that it has to offer, Alta isn’t very visible to the rest of the world.  It’s in Norway… ok, I just lost about half the audience right there. For those of you still with me, it’s in NORTHERN Norway… and half the room says, “You mean, like Bergen?”

*chuckle*

“Or… Trondheim?”

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