We sailed into Tromsø in June, hiked across the city bridge to the Ice Cathedral and returned at dinnertime, four hungry people ready to enjoy some local cuisine. The restaurant on the third floor of a century building in old Tromsø was recommended for its beef, but two in our party decided to try something more rare. As for me, I don't like red meat but loved the red staircase.
So I passed on the whale and captured the red staircase to take home with me. Good decision 'cause I still enjoy seeing its graphic details. Commercial whaling has been part of Norwegian culture for centuries. The name of the restaurant reflects its past as a landside post for the whaling trade. Commercial whaling in Norway rarely takes more than a third of their annual quota to protect the Minke resource and because the meat is contaminated with persistent toxins like PCBs and Mercury. This piece is a big artistic PIVOT for me! Find out how the past year helped push me in new directions. Click here.
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