Saturday, February 1, 2014

On the border

So, for the last few months I have been living in Lapland. When I originally started this blog I was thinking of posting only the design/handicraft-oriented things. There hasn't been too many lately, though, so I guess I have to spark the blog with something else as well. That'll be in the section of "the other joys of my life" that I mention in the heading.

My time in Saariselkä, Lapland, has been snow and darkness and some reindeer. And mostly work. That's the reason I came here for. And I'm really happy I did. Even for a Finn Lapland can feel rather exotic from time to time. The Sun didn't rise here for a month in December. It was -35°C a couple of weeks ago. There's been some shows of the northern lights (not that many yet, though). But I also love to share the joy of the tourists when they experience the cold, the reindeer and the spirit of Lapland.

The spirit I also felt yesterday when the company I'm working in took an outing for a day in the wild. We drove with snowmobiles to the place where three nations - Finland, Norway and Russia - are joined. It was absolutely fabulous. The utter Wilderness, reindeer and nature. I drove back from the place, total of 130km. Not bad from someone who only drove a snowmobile the second time in her life! I can feel it today, seems like I'd been run over by a truck, but I don't regret it for a moment. One has to experience the Lapland winter at least once in their life...

Where three nations join
On the left, Norway. On the right, Russia. Behind my back, Finland.

Muotkavaaran rajamerkki Olet tässä = you are here. Norja = Norway, Venäjä = Russia, Suomi = Finland. Clickety click to make it bigger for the texts.

P.S. Today is 11 years since the Columbia disaster, so spending my day off with watching documentaries and thinking of the space shuttles. <3

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