Three Weeks Beyond the Arctic Circle - Fjord of July

The following blog post was written on the fourth of July and I am only now getting a chance to post it. Life has moved way too fast the past few weeks. I'm now sitting in an apartment in Egypt, on holiday with my family. I came here by way of Italy, where I spent some time near Naples (Sorrento, Castellammare and the surrounding area). More on that later-
Happy fjord of July.
This is not the first Independence Day I have celebrated outside of the U.S., but it is by far the coldest. Nearing the end of my third week in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.