One of my dear friends recently wrote to me with these words “It’s no mistake that you have to work to get to better places. I can imagine it’s a struggle to leave places when only the unexpected awaits you.” Alex totally nailed it and my journey south from the Lofoten islands to Helsinki stands testament. The week was filled with some blessed moments. However, it started with a lengthy drive and a moment of wallowing, self-pity.

A fine combination of an emotional comedown from my fire lit beach evening and not really knowing where I was headed meant my drive off the Lofoten islands back to mai...

A cinematic moment, a day of deliciousness and a Finnish poet. Maybe I should finish there! Helsinki was my final destination in Scandinavia and my gateway to the next aspect of the adventure. This was a week of influences from some of my nearest and dearest back home – thank you for all the contributions :)

Arrival in Helsinki was wet. In fact it was Finland’s worst storm in over 20 years. It started as I was ten minutes from Helsinki and it just didn’t stop. Fortunately I had free parking at my hostel and pulling up right outside after the big drive south was a welcome pleasure.

 Pico peeking...

Having picked up two American hitchhikers in Norway, one random thing I’d like to contrast and compare are Americans and Scandinavians. Scandinavia loves hot-dogs, even more so than Americans do – at nearly every service station, supermarket, ferry and many other locations fresh and not-so-fresh hot-dogs are available for consumption. They come with a variety of curiously delicious sauces plus an accompaniment of crispy onions. In fact in lots of places they are the most affordable snack in an otherwise high-priced part of the world.

Along these lines, a random titbit I’ve picked up is that the...

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