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The world’s most valuable bottle of aquavit

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Two soft voices, blended in perfection.

Linie Aquavit supposedly gets better every time in crosses the equator. If that’s the case, then this bottle is peerless.

Tucked away in storage in Australia is a bottle of Linie Aquavit that I’m hoping will fund my retirement.

It’s a bottle of Norwegian firewater that accompanied me on my big trip around the equator and crossed latitude zero as many times as I did.

The Norwegians believe that aquavit gets better every time it crosses the equator. 

The phenomenon was first discovered in 1805 when the crew of a ship that regularly scuttled between Norway and Australia found a crate of the stuff they’d forgotten about hidden in the hull. 

They cracked it open and were astounded by how good it tasted. 

A legend was born. Now every bottle of aquavit produced is sent on an around the world trip on a shipping container before it is sold.

I’m not sure exactly how many times my bottle of aquavit crossed the equator. 

I have a notebook, also in storage, where I jotted the times and dates of crossings.

And I also have photographic evidence of most of the crossings. (This pic was taken at Equator station in Kenya)

But there were times – on the backs of trucks in Zaire or on river boats in Indonesia – where the bottle crossed back and forth across the equatorial line and I was blissfully aware.

And at places where the equator was clearly marked I also tended to wave the bottle back and forth over the line a number of times.

Realistically, where talking thousands of times.

So, Norwegian billionaires – what am I bid?

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