Dominika Gesicka


Dominika Gesicka

This is not real life 


There is a place where no one is born and no one dies. Of course, you can die anywhere but you cannot be buried here because it has been discovered that bodies fail to decompose in the sub-zero temperatures. You cannot be born here because pregnant women are to return to the mainland to give birth. There are no cats, no trees, no traffic lights. There is no amusement park, but there is a circus troupe. In the winter time it is completely dark, but in the summer the sun never sets. The place is called Longyearbyen and it is the largest settlement and administrative centre of Svalbard. It is also the world’s northernmost city. Although it is difficult to regard it as the best place to live, many people fall in love with it at first sight. Some people visit for two weeks but end up staying five years or more, though not many decide to settle down here permanently. Sometimes you get the impression that people here are trying to escape from something; that this is just a retreat. This is not a real life.


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