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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOR SVALBARD FOR SUNDAY: Snowball fight near school, foreign residents still getting ‘carded’ in Oslo

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This story will be updated throughout the day. Photo of what we’ll call a typical Palm Sunday brunch in Svalbard by Silje Marie Våtvik from this page that now has about 3,200 members in its first 48 hours.

Since this includes various items that don’t quite merit stories of their own – or do, but simply aren’t “fully baked” yet – today’s summary begins by noting a tipster who’s a foreign permanent resident of Longyearbyen reports being asked for a Norwegian residency card to board a flight here from Oslo. Since such cards don’t exist for such people (although some local officials say they’ve brought up the issue and plan to again), this particular person was able to board the flight only because of a weapons permit showing the person’s address.

Clearly, while some rules related to the non-resident travel ban were redefined following the confusion the first few days it was was in effect, not everyone/everything is on the same page yet. Look for more about the issue here in the very near future.

For those subject feeling combative about such experiences, or sharing the stress with family/friends who are, this is an ideal day to take them out on your neighbors and other (soon-to-be-former?) friends. A snowball fight in the field “uphill” from Longyearbyen School toward Nybyen is scheduled at 2 p.m. today. Participants will form teams will build fortresses and engage under defined rules of combat.

In other events/developments of note:

Barentsburg’s lodging and tour operations are open during Easter week, and offering two-day trips with meals for 1,690 kroner or three-days for 2,950 kroner.

Tio Moncho’s Mexican food truck is offering deliveries from 3-8 p.m.

• And in a bit of a sign of “normalcy,” Svalbardposten reports the fire department had to respond to two fire alarms so far this weekend – one of which was one of those “kitchen smoke” incidents Saturday night (but no mention of alcohol involved). The other was at the power plant. Neither caused notable damage.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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