wind chill: -11°C
wind speed: 5km/h
wind direction: north easterly
Waking up was not easy this morning. 7 days of interviews, new experiences, troubleshooting, exploring frozen landscapes and finally Tromsø’s nightlife has left us feeling totally exhausted.
But, we had arranged to meet up with Flor, a Mexican Phd student living in Tromsø, to record her experiences of living through the Polar night and how it feels now after the Blue Hour has passed and to finally see the sun. Her account gave a very different perspective on life in The Arctic Circle. Fantastic for our story, and it was great for us to share with someone else the challenges Tina and I have faced in this beautiful and unforgiving environment.
As well as sharing her Arctic experiences with us she also explained her research project back in Mexico. Her work is concerned with the social, cultural and ecological affects of GMO maize on the farming communities of Mexico. Interestingly she is using art in her own research in order to realise what the farmers and their families really feel about these changes.
Walking through the town square to meet Kristine Hansen for lunch we bumped into yesterdays snow head still frozen to the spot.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova