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Lappland Trip - Day 21 - Finland


Nothing much has changed since yesterday. I had a few more ideas for fixes and also had some more very useful suggestions forwarded by email (thanks everyone) but we remain immobile.

So we did more of what we did yesterday and pootled about on the bikes / watched birds / read / entertained notions of being stuck here forever...

I haven't mentioned snowmobile tracks yet but they're everywhere here. Snowmobiles have their own dedicated and really well signed (by red crosses) network (pic) - I assume that it's an attempt to keep them segregated from pedestrians and cars and away from built-up areas generally. In any event, the network is impressive and is even to be found in the most remote corners of the country. It's further testament to how the Finns take their outdoor pursuits very seriously.

More generally, Finish culture is, we've grasped by now, very, very different to ours and that can (and did for me when I bike-toured here) initially come across as strangely insular and aloof. It's not that way at all though, stuff that's weird here is only weird through naïve British eyes.

Apart from the significant amount of stuff that really is just plain weird...

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