Alert readers will remember that Chris lives above the Arctic Circle. He headed even farther north this year, giving nighttime tours showing the Northern Lights. Then beyond that. Seeking a hospital with a waiting list of less than a year for his minor surgery, he found that Hammerfest could get him in 7 months, so he drove up to the very top of Norway, twelve hours of secondary roads. The only things farther north are Svalbard and oil platforms. He will be back for Christmas for the first time in years, murmuring about moving back to the US soon. Stay tuned.
Seven months for minor surgery--sounds like socialized medicine to me.
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