July 25, 2002
there was the pounding of rain. Then there was silence until the alarm clock
came. Then there was rain again. So it came that we got up close to 11. It was a
very quick procedure, as our enemies were already waiting.
little focus on the surroundings we headed south. We saw multiple German busses
heading to the Nordkapp; one can only hope the weather will get better for them.
I was pleased to see that they have rices here, too, even though not
sufficiently worked out to be serious contenders at AMC in Santa Clara. On the
road to our right was Sweden, just across the river; to the left was an almost
endless forest with lakes and reindeer, which occasionally made their way onto
the road and forced traffic to perform evasive maneuvers which could rival that
of the Enterprise when it encountered a Klingon bird of prey.
lunch break we dried the tent and I made some backups of the pictures from the
past few days. In the early afternoon we crossed the Arctic Circle, this time
heading where the temperatures are higher and days shorter. As a matter of fact,
the climate control - usually set to about 21C - started cooling rather than
heating for the first time in weeks. And we have been seen wearing only
in sorta civilization we visited a supermarket where we could buy actual fresh
food for cooking. My vegetable of choice was of course the green onion, which
they let grow here quite a bit bigger than in the US. I also bought two apples,
one of which had quite impressive dimensions. The taste was however somewhat
It's remotely challenging and humorous to get around in Finland. Finnish is not related to any other language, other than Hungarian to a certain extent, which is not known to be a world language either. Why or how these two languages are related I truly don't know, but I am sure it's a popular subject with linguists. At any rate, all signs are mere sources of confusion and amusement, as after a while they all look the same, while none make any sense. The love for double characters in words is undeniable. Attempts at pronouncing some words at the gas station are usually reason enough for the natives to smile with sympathy. But people at gas stations and other essential places speak English sufficiently well to conduct daily business with foreigners, so it's all good.
it's cheaper again: a liter of diesel goes for about 76 Euro-Cents, down from
about 120 in Norway. Thus a gas tank costs about 45 Euros, and since with Über-Pot
it lasts for 1000 km it makes this particular part of the trip about equally
expensive as traveling with Pot in America.
are amazing here, just look at the pictures. However they don't last that long
anymore (well, they last for about 1-2 hours, down from 6 hours since up north
there was no sunsets at all, strictly speaking). And once the sunset is actually
done and over with, it gets truly dark. This made it challenging to find a camp
site, because we waited in good old Norwegian habit and forgot about the thing