Eating Kebabs at the Far End of the Earth
Got a craving for a good kebab but you're somewhere on an island in northern Scandinavia near the Arctic Circle? No problem. The world's most northerly kebab shop is waiting to serve you.
An Iranian man named Kazem Ariaiwand set up his kebab shop in an old military van, on the island of Spitsbergen. He had been trying to get refugee status to live in Norway but it was refused--but up as far as Spitsbergen, the Arctic middle of nowhere, you don't need a residence permit. (Most people aren't crazy enough to want to live there.)
Tourists exploring the Svalbard archipelago, which Spitsbergen is a part of, might be very pleased to see Kazem's kebab stand. The main alternatives are seal and whale, which most tourists are hoping to see swimming--rather than on their plates.
[Photo: Rita Willaert]