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Day 7: Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen has a supermarket. It doesn't actually say on the self-opening doors 'World's Most Northerly Supermarket', but, at 78.15 degrees I can't imagine it has many competitors. Apart from an eye-catching range of canned vegetables called 'Sodd' there is not much to detain us except a well-stocked drinks section. As we have a long sea-journey ahead of us I fill my trolley, only to have to replace all the bottles as I don't have a valid air ticket into or out of Longyearbyen. Alcoholic refreshment is, it appears, severely rationed. The only way we can buy even a can of beer is with a special dispensation from the Sysselmann - the Governor. We traipse round to Government House to get our chitty, feeling like naughty schoolchildren.
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