At Nansen Elementary School, music has been removed from the curriculum and Arabic lessons made compulsory.
Compared with Nansen, astronauts would be quite connected to home, even with a 20-minute communication delay.
Every reader of Nansen's thrilling narrative must have noticed this.
"The only disagreeable thing to face now is the cold," says Nansen.
This same day Nansen and his companions tried the dogs on shore.
Nansen rushed down, threw off some clothes, and sprang into the water after them.
"High festival in honour of the 80th degree," writes Nansen.
Nansen often made long excursions in front to see where the ice was best.
All preparations being now made, Nansen and Sverdrup set off on their adventurous journey.
Nansen, who is usually extremely fair, has now jet-black hair.