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billie posting in Arctic to Antarctica via World
who billie_cameron
when 2007-07-24 22:23
about think warm
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locationkiruna
moodcoldcold
musicking of all excuses - staind
tagsjukkasjärvi, kiruna, scandinavia 2007
in the morning, we took the bus to jukkasjärvi, where they build this ice hotel every winter and have ice exhibitions in giant freezers (they so are that, okay?) during the summer months. we arrived too early, so we went to take a look around. the village (and jukkasjärvi is really that) is small, like, couple of hundred inhabitants maybe, and there was virtually nothing going on. the sami museum was closed, so we looked from the outside; the reindeers in the sami park were not interesting enough to make us buy tickets, so we looked from the outside, as well. we visited the church (a wooden one and apparetly one of the first churches so far north) and found a beautiful photography exhibition with pictures of the arctic winter.

then it was finally late enough to get back to the ice exhibition, which has as its topic this year the swedish biologist carl linné ( it's his 300th anniversary or so) and his work. we spent over an hour in there with nice -5° C (that's 23° F, or 268.15 K, or -4° R, or 482.67° Ra, and omg, how much of a geek am i that i can still convert the units in my head a year after having to feed my brain with that particular bit of information?) and a guided tour as our companions. i was so preoccupied with staring and exploring that i didn't notice how cold it really was until we got out of the giant freezer and my toes and fingers started to wake up again. ouch. fortunately, there was a tipi with a campfire in it right next to the hall, so we had lunch there and warmed up a bit. (i noticed i'm starting to enjoy the canned tuna, seeing that i'm hungry all the time and that's one of the few things we have for food. heh.)

we took an evening walk in our neighborhood in kiruna (which means forests and hills), but after a couple of hours had to give up, because hives of mosquitoes were trying to eat us alive. when we got back, i was so damn cold i wished i had chosen someplace warmer for this trip (only - not really). i settled for a hot shower, a cuddle with my sleeping bag and some hot chocolate. mmmh.
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billie posting in Arctic to Antarctica via World
who billie_cameron
when 2007-07-23 20:19
about farthest north i've ever been
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locationkiruna
moodgoodgood
musicon the radio - regina spektor
tagskiruna, scandinavia 2007
on the train, i woke up and it was light outside. the kind of light that you get at seven or eight in the mornings (at least in austria). just when i wanted to tell alice we had missed our stop, the one where we should have changed trains at six or so, i had the great idea to check my watch. guess what? it was HALF PAST TWO. i thought my watch was dead until i realized how far up we really are and this was the closest i had ever been to the midnight sun. that was very cool.

i went to sleep again but woke up in time to enjoy half an hour or so of standing-by-the-open-window with the wind blowing in my face and unbelieveable scenery passing by. that's one of the reasons i like travelling by train, you get to see the country you're in. later, we even managed to switch trains without any trouble.

at half past eleven today we arrived in kiruna. hans, our couch-provider here, got us from the train station and brought us to the tourist information, where we planned stuff for the next couple of days. we wandered around in kiruna and went to see some local sights. all in all, kiruna is a nice small town with a flourishing iron ore mining industry and some terribly, awfully hideous buildings.

hans told us there are three weeks in winter when the sun doesn't come up at all and it practically stays dark all day. he also said for a lot of people, this is the cause for depressions and such. while wandering around town, we noticed most cars had extra front lights and found out they are necessary if you want to go on the open road, because there are no fences around here and reindeers and moose get on the road easily. crashes with them mostly end with a totally wrecked car.

we just had dinner and will probably be boring tonight and stay home.

more tomorrow!
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billie posting in Arctic to Antarctica via World
who billie_cameron
when 2007-07-22 19:33
about flying on a gooes's back to kebnekajse
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locationstockholm
moodin awe of all thisin awe of all this
musicthe blood of cu chulainn - mychael & jeff danna
tagsscandinavia 2007, stockholm
got up really early today (five), went to malmö c (short for malmö centralen, malmö central station) by bus and from there took the train to stockholm. i ate some kanelbulle for breakfast (a pastry with cinnamon and cardamom, very good and also typically swedish). the landscape we drove through was wonderful, as it always is here in sweden (at least i think so). we passed the vättern, the second largest lake in sweden and also home to the town of gränna (unfortunately on the other side), where they manufacture the best polkagris (candy canes and other things candy). in norrköping, i wanted to get off the train and go to the place we always stay at, a small house right next to the sea, with nobody around.

in stockholm, we wandered around in the old town, saw some great shops (an ice cream shop where they made their own waffles, for example, and a really cool viking one that had a viking cookbook) and had lunch on the quay. we got onto the train to boden at around five. the ride started pretty uneventful, until a girl sat down opposite of me - with the new potter in her hands. (i promised myself i would enjoy the last book and read it slowly, and i know i couldn't do that right now, apart from that, my baggage is heavy enough as it is, i don't need more to carry.) so there the book was, right in front of me, and taunted me with its secrets. but i proudly resisted and had some palahniuk instead.

i spent a lot of time staring out of the window and just looking at this country that makes me feel at home no matter where exactly i am. i kind of felt like nils holgersson at the beginning of his travels: first the patchwork of skåne's fields, then the hills and woods of middle sweden, then the archipelago off the coast, then the trollwoods of northern sweden. i stayed up until sunset, which turned out to be quite late; burning skies above endless woods. it was freakishly beautiful and breathtaking - almost like flying...
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billie posting in Arctic to Antarctica via World
who billie_cameron
when 2007-07-21 00:23
about the one with the science
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locationmalmö
moodcold, but warm bed is waitingcold, but warm bed is waiting
musicclubbed to death (matrix soundtrack) - rob dougan
tagsmalmö, scandinavia 2007
well, apart from the fact that harry potter came out today (okay, yesterday, but still), there probably is no copy left anywhere in malmoe, and i know at least three certain somebodies (don't even pretend you don't know who you are) who have already finished it, other stuff happened in this world, as well.

for example, one of that stuff was that we visited the science and marine museum and malmoe's old fortress. we played like kids in the DIY experiment part of the science museum. they had a lot of really interesting stuff put up there, like information about and experiments involving gravitation and g-force, sound, electricity, whatever. i even listened to my heart, although it didn't quite work as it should have. or i'm dead. maybe i am.

we packed for tomorrow when we're gonna head for stockholm and then kiruna. there's gonna be a third night on the train (but hello?  we are interrailing, so no surprise there...) and a short stop in stockholm, also called venice of the north.

i just got my cousins from the bus station, they came back from hungary today. we had a nice reunion and should all head for bed now.
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billie posting in Arctic to Antarctica via World
who billie_cameron
when 2007-07-20 22:34
about nighttime in the city of malmö
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locationmalmö
moodawakeawake
musiceight of nine - the ataris
tagsmalmö, scandinavia 2007
just a quick update, the last couple of days will be added as soon as i get the chance.

we arrived in malmö today in the morning (took the bus from copenhagen, an hour earlier than we actually planned to) and had breakfast at the joo's place (the joos are: aunt lilla, uncle jean and two cousins robin and gabriel). some of my family from hungary is also staying here at the moment, so the house is freaking full.

weather was awesome, so we went to the beach by bike. i showed alice around a bit (or at least as much as i could without getting off the bike). the water was great as well, balmy 18 or 19 degrees, even. i went for a long swim, read some, soaked up the sunshine... - the usual. heh. i so missed being here, i can't believe it... we had a tasty dinner, some kind of lasagna, and very yum homemade strawberry ice cream for dessert. ( i felt compelled to tell you this because i haven't had ice cream in ages and i dunno why. probably just didn't come to my mind - stupid me.)

sounds too perfect? well yeah, true. i broke my dad's camera while downloading pictures. the lcd-display was damaged an will be of no use anymore. i'm just glad he wasn't too angry about it.

so this was it for today. somewhat boring for you as reader, i guess. hope some more things happen tomorrow. (and i don't mean the bad but the exciting kind of things.)
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billie posting in Arctic to Antarctica via World
who billie_cameron
when 2007-07-17 18:36
about takeoff
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locationlandmass, planet, solar system, universe, infinity, eternity
moodexcitedexcited
musicthe spoken wheel - flogging molly
tagsscandinavia 2007
this journal is going to be about me and my travels through whatever land there is to travel through.

today, i'm off for a month of interrailing in scandinavia - denmark, sweden, finland and norway, to be more specific. i'll be on the road with [info]gcist.

if you'd like to get a postcard, just comment with your address or write me an e-mail or something. feel free to post questions or ask whatever you want to know about the country i'm in - i'll be sure to find the answer (or at least will give it my best try).

really gotta go now - i hope this experiment works out and people will read this. see you then.

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find your way
July 2007
whispers in the wind