Saturday, July 16, 2005

Updated map and schedule

This is the map and schedule as how things actually went. Red dots are places where we spent significan time. Green dots are longer stops on the road lasting an hour or two.

25th - Drive to Kajani, Finland
26th - Drive to Petrozavodsk, Russia. Late arrival.
27th - Full day in Petrozavodsk
28th - Drive to St Petersburg, via Novaya Ladoga
29th - Full day in St Petersburg
30th - Drive to Tallinn, Estonia

1st - Full day in Tallinn. Klemet hurts back in Coca Cola chair accident.
2nd - Another full day in Tallinn
3rd - Drive to Riga, Latvia - stay at camping site in Jurmala
4th - Full day in Riga - stay at motel on "the wrong side of the river"
5th - Klemet aborts trip, flies back to Norway. I go on to Vilnius, Lithuania
6th - Full day in Vilnius
7th - Drive to Gdansk, Poland via Kaunas, Lithuania
8th - Full day in Gdansk
9th - Full day in Gdansk
10th - Get on ferry to Nynäshamn
11th - Drive from Nynäshamn, Sweden to Malungfors
12th - Full day in Malungfors
13th - Full day in Malungfors
14th - Drive to Skellefteå via Umeå
15th - Drive to Kautokeino, Norway

Fun statistics

Of the cities visited, which was my favourite? Now, there's a question I hear a lot. I thought perhaps the amount of photos I took in each city would speak for themselves. Of those cities where I have more than 100 photos, there are:

St Petersburg126263
Riga and Jurmala114257

The method is, however, a little unreliable. St Petersburg suffered from a flat battery. Riga and Jurmala could probably be divded in two, as they should be considered separate locations. And the number of days are inaccurate (we had a very late arrival in Petrozavodsk, so it's more like 1.25 days rather than 2, while Riga/Jurmala had a relatively early arrival and is therefore closer to 1.8 days. But Tallinn does, without a doubt, stand out from the rest.

And that's my exact sentiment as well. Tallinn was by far my favourite. The rest of the positions are a little inaccurate. (In danger of offending Latvians, Riga was actually at the bottom of this specific list. Albeit, in the FULL list, Malung would have to be at the bottom with its overgrown minigolf course, but the way it ended up at the bottom of the list is the same kind of stuff that makes bad movies good.)

Friday, July 15, 2005

I'm home!

I finally came home from my three week road trip, almost in one piece. Well, actually, not just almost, I'm still in one piece, though there is at least one dent.

This occured in Muonio. I had decided to get dinner there, instead of cooking when I came home. After a satisfying meal, I turned the wheel and backed up. The pole must have been just in the wrong angle, because I didn't see it when I started backing up. As I kept looking backwards, I also didn't notice it rushing in from the side before I heard the crackling noise of crumbling metal. Doh!

At closer inspection, I'm happy to say that I saw more than just red paint on that pole. Also, the damage is only superficial. Should be corrected in no time.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Report from Gdansk

After a wonderful national day in Vilnius, I found my way to Gdansk, far ahead of schedule. One of the reasons for this, is that after Klemet was sent back to Norway, I can no longer divide hotel bills in two.

In Gdansk, I stay for free with a friend, until I room on a ferry to Sweden. The exact schedule, and whether I detour through Sunnmøre, will be decided when I know which ferry I'll be on, how much time I have left, and what visitors I might receive back home in Guovdageaidnu. ;)

I have taken over 900 photos during thw two weeks I've been away. I have written extensive notes, it just takes time to write more verbose about it. It will eventually all be here, though. (Another reason to just go straigh home and start writing, while it all is still fresh. :)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Report from Vilnius

In Lithuania, I apparently get GPRS.

That being said, I am here alone. Klemet was sent back to Norway. This changes the plans a little. More updates to when I am not in a hurry.

Friday, July 01, 2005

(Update from Tallinn)

Time to write has been limited. Plenty of notes on my cell, however, but GPRS is still a problem. It is available in the area, but apparently, Chess is not able to provide it for me at the moment.

At the time of writing this, Klemet has hurt his back in a chair accident. It's kind of ironic, that with all the warnings we have recieved about how dangerous it is to travel in Eastern Europe, the one event that might endanger the future of the trip is because of a broken chair. I will give an update on this as soon as we have figured out what we're going to do AND we have Internet access again.

Apart from this, the trip so far has truly been an adventure.

Cheers from Tallinn!