4 March 2007

(Not Quite) Top of the World...

This time last week I was in Finland. Mainly the same places I visited back in November except I didn't see Helsinki at all this time. As I type this I'm uploading a stack of digital photographs to flickr but there's loads of them and it's taking an age. The digital camera was borrowed and I have no real clue about digital photography generally or the borrowed camera specifically. Otherwise I would have done away with the date stamp.

self-made stick-buns..?

This is my favourite of the ones I've uploaded so far. I don't know the correct spellings because there are no Finns around to ask just now but we're preparing food at the lavu, an outdoor eating and cooking area. [edit - I've just been advised that it's laavu and it was originally an outdoor sleeping area]. The temperature is about -20 degrees celsius but we don't really mind because we're properly dressed and we're sitting around an open cooking fire making (for want of the Finnish word or a proper translation) self-made stick-buns, sweet dough wrapped around a piece of wood and cooked over the fire. The best salmon I ever tasted was cooked over that fire.

If you want to see all of the photographs uploaded so far (there are some old fashioned shiny analogue snaps to follow), I've added them to the Finland set on flickr (if somebody buys me a flickr pro account I can make another set for them...).

5 comments:

Inconsequential said...

that looks kinda cool (no pun intended), though even properly dressed minus twenty sounds a little on the chilly side for my tastes, but hell, never let the weather halt a good barbie!

love the colours in that photo, it makes it look quite hot there...

CdV said...

Hi Dem. Enjoyed the photos. I quite liked the date in the corner but would have liked the time too to add to the sense of trip.

The book, by the way, is really lovely and wacky and wrapped for niece's birthday. A great book which deserves wide recognition, enjoyment and distribution. I wrote a review of it on Lulu.

Dem said...

Inc - strangely scandinavian cold isn't as cold as blighty cold. For one thing you dress properly so it feels like you're carrying a personal sauna around. For another thing the air is much drier and that makes a big difference. Also, Finns are actually quite nesh - they very rarely feel the cold because they wear so many clothes and keep their houses so hot. They marvel at northern lads and lasses oot on the toon in nobbut a vest of a neet when there's a gale blowin sleet doon from siberia like.

CdV - thanks for the comments and review of the book. I saw the review and thought it might be you but haven't got round to email you to ask. I did email you a preview copy last year some time, to your old claranet or whatever it was email that you had on L&TN. I'm glad you got to read it in the end. I hope your niece enjoys it!

Marja-Leena said...

Now that's one experience I haven't had in Finland because I haven't visited in winter. Looks like lots of fun. I know what you mean by cry cold vs damp cold.

Dem said...

I'm shocked that you haven't visited in winter! To me, winter is Finland but that's because I haven't visited any other time and the winter is something of a culture shock to me. I suppose it's not that different to where you are now though.