18 results found for August, 2013

An Irresponsible Trip to the Zoo

An Irresponsible Trip to the Zoo

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Our campground was still under a full mosquito occupation when we woke up this morning. Apparently they never sleep, and with that it mind we rushed the take-down of camp, madly swatting at the army of insects as we went. We didn’t even stop to roll up the tent, instead opting to shove it into […]

Arktikum

Arktikum

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We returned to the store first thing this morning so that I could browse the selection of Finnish shoes we’d seen yesterday. Design in Finland is a big deal and everything looks like it came straight from Pinterest. I was having a hard time justifying two new pairs, but Ben reminded me that I almost […]

Santa and His Reindeer

Santa and His Reindeer

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I didn’t sleep a wink last night, and due to our conjoined sleeping bags, neither did Ben. At 5 AM some squirrels started a loud round of nut gathering, leaving us both wide awake, so we piled in the car and started driving to Rovaniemi, Santa’s official home town. Our main goal for the day […]

Stocking Up on Wienerbrod

Stocking Up on Wienerbrod

The sun finally warmed up our cold tent-site, waking up Bree remarkably early as usual. Our sleeping bags have been reunited in order to cope with the cold here in the arctic circle, and even then it is still a touch cold for Bree. We dozed on and off, and didn’t get going until well […]

The Arctic Race of Norway

The Arctic Race of Norway

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I awoke ridiculously early, my legs on fire with itchiness from my mosquito run-in yesterday. The bites were so thick we actually questioned whether a mosquito could have done so much damage. It almost looked like I had a rash, but as the day wore on, it was clear that I’d simply been the victim of […]

To the End of the Earth: Part 4

To the End of the Earth: Part 4

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Muddy, marshy, and freaking straight uphill. Norway doesn’t mess around with switchbacks. We parked and got to marching straight up the steep slope, occasionally pausing to dodge long stretches of awful mud. Ropes saturated with dingy runoff occasionally appeared to assist with ascending rockslides which were essentially waterfalls after yesterday’s rain. Wearing our lightweight running […]

To the End of the Earth: Part 3

To the End of the Earth: Part 3

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As we continued our drive down the craggy coastline toward the end of the world the roads became more narrow and twisty. The pace was fast, as well. I couldn’t help but be a little nervous every time a camper or truck would appear in the distance – forcing both vehicles to pull as far […]

To the End of the Earth: Part 2

To the End of the Earth: Part 2

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We drove on and on, the craggy mountains multiplied until the sheer magnitude of the place began to overwhelm us. It was so beautiful. “Wow…” we kept exclaiming in reverent tones as we drove. It was just so incredible. We darted into every roadside pull-off to take a picture and stare at the wonder ahead of us. […]

To the End of the Earth: Part 1

To the End of the Earth: Part 1

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Our wild camp was a mosquito den, I ended up with dozens and dozens of bites after only a few minutes of wandering around camp as we took down. Later in the day, the lady at the tourist information desk told us that the mosquitoes were all gone for the season due to such cold […]

The Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle

Though we’d hoped to sleep in a bit to make up for two late nights in a row, we were up early and on the road by 7:00. Darkness is still hard to come by in these parts. As the rain from last night broke up, the forest almost glowed in the morning light. The […]

Tetris

Tetris

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We’ve been sleeping unusually late the past few days, sheltered from the incessant lightness by the window coverings in our hostel room. Today however, we were up ridiculously early to catch the ferry, even though we’d been up half the night processing photos and posting journal entries. The ferry boarding was slow and tedious and […]

Singing Revolution

Singing Revolution

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Ben’s work schedule is still crammed full, so we made a quick outing for some breakfast this morning before Ben headed back to his computer, programming the day away. When I finally realized that I was on my own for the day, I packed myself a day bag and hopped on my bike. I was […]