Trip Start Jul 11, 2006
Trip End Aug 10, 2006

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

we were on our way to oulu, very soon were to arrive at Kokkola. i cannot remember ever seeing skies so pure. the clouds are floating above the landscape; giving it enough space to breathe but at the same time protecting it from all the rest, who knows what. maybe against those mythical creatures from the old legends that grandparents used to tell to their grandchildren. and even if that was true, i would not be surprised, as the environment itself yells for this - the further north we're getting, the more wooden houses, woods and tiny carpets of green grass and purple flowers there are. nature is so closely linked to the towns and cities that it doesn't even look ugly or pursued. every now and then there is surely a massacre of trees to be seen, but surely a little further on that is being replaced with hundreds of new trees being planted. the best combination with all this is Dragonforce. i thank the one who told me about them, because truly they are something. i will not wonder in the future, if every time i listen to them, this film of green way around Finland will start playing in front of my eyes.
here there are so many different shades of green to be found, that i started wondering, if the Finns know as many different names for green colour, as Ekimos for the snow.
Very slowly i'm beginning to understand the Finns who say that "we love our country." The first time i heard this was in one of the interviews Aki was giving, but surely i did not understand why; after all, what could be so special in Finland that we don't have at home? well, to tell you, there is a HUGE difference. or maybe i'm being to subjective, but there is not a way that you convince me. and i don't blame them; the Finns, that is. when i asked our host in Vaasa, Niinu, she said: "I don't hate anything in particular. Just the darkness and the cold are not my favourite things." And i think i could bear even those two, if i was living here. i guess that says it all...
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