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Birding around Longyearbyen

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a 50 percent discount offer for a Polar Bear Special cruise around Spitsbergen. Sailing with an icebreaker to see polar bears? Count me in! Seeing a polar bear is something a lot of nature enthusiasts want to do at some point in their life and for me this was no different. The benefit of booking late is also that you don’t have to wait very long before the trip starts. So, after having had a long travel and a night sleeping on the floor of Gardermoen airport, my plane finally landed on the airport of Longyearbyen. The ship leaves tomorrow afternoon so I have time to do some birding before the actual trip starts. After I’ve put away my stuff it’s time to go birding!

Fighting immigrants in Israël

During my visit in Israel the people I met all looked quite peaceful. The same thing couldn’t be said for the birds. The local birds all behaved nicely, but the immigrants went at it! Luckily the violence didn’t erupt too much, something that goes sometimes a bit different with humans.