For the next couple of weeks, the Arctic Organist’s odyssey is taking a detour south west, as I (Jon) am visiting the US, catching up with Ruth and seeing friends in Washington and South Carolina. It was quite a temperature shock to step onto the plan at Tromsø surrounded by snow, and to exit Myrtle Beach airport (SC) into bright sunshine and 24C / 75f temperatures and 100% humidity!
I actual set off on Monday. Sarah attended a course on singing and choirs for small children, so we traveled together and I spent the day exploring and taking in a fantastic free lunchtime piano recital in the cathedral. These are pictures from the journey:
On Tuesday I took 3 flights. The first, from Tromsø to Oslo, as noted above, started with snow, but on arrival in to Oslo, it looked like someone had turned the seasons back to late summer / early autumn: no snow, leaves on the trees, etc:
The next leg was from Oslo – Reykjavik (Iceland). I had a couple of hours ‘layover’ in Oslo and came across a rather worrying statue, although it turned out that it only represented an early version of the plane launching system, and I was treated to the improved v2 system, involving self-propelled planes (the intermediate v1.5 based on rubber bands was also rejected – apparently because rubber bands gets brittle and lose their elasticity in freezing temperatures. Arriving in Iceland, the snow was back.
The third leg was from Reykjavik to Washington DC, coming over the coast of Nova Scotia. Heading west I experienced multiple sunrises and sunsets!
Everything went smoothly and I stayed the night in Washington DC with our good friends, the Morgans, before taking the next two flights on Wednesday, from DC to Atlanta, and Atlanta to Myrtle Beach in the sunny south.