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... way home from work! My hotel is another apartment style place and the lift is right out of "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Dropping my stuff off in my room I headed for a restaurant called The Fish Market that I noticed when I was in Helsinki last week. The meal was great in every respect - environment, service, food presentation, taste.
I was back in my room by 9:30 and read a bit before hitting the sack.
... into the town is far from imaginative or attractive. The dominant building style is purely utilitarian. Most buildings are 3 or 4 storeys tall and boxlike. The streets are not on a grid pattern although I don't detect any landforms preventing that.
Most of the people in the streets are making their way between stores. There are two main shopping malls, both small. Of course, McDonald's has a prominent location across ...
... for me, purely for the characterful and honest old lady. Strongly recommend if anyone is in Posio.
Within the next couple of days we head off north for a few hundred kilometers to Tromso-Norway.
From here the real test for Banksy will start, we will drive the entire length of Norway through tunnels, over bridges and over several mountain passes which include the scary one featured on Top Gear, Trollstigen.
... Karelian traditions.
In our group there were also two Finns one of whom had a very sonorous voice. We asked him to read something out of the Kalevala that is said to have typical untranslatable rhyme schemes - beautiful! Without understanding a word I enjoyed listening very much. Since hoping for someone to post a read-out on Youtube (maybe on the creation of the world and with subtitles).
A buffer between the political border of the EU to Russia is called the border zone, varying 2 to 20 km. The Russian buffer is said to be 40 km in average except for some larger villages. This zone is marked with wooden stabs in yellow mark. Border guards patrol along these stabs regularly and kindly prepared large parts of our track this way. But behold: you must not step into the ...