Or at least it is between the months of August through to May. The rest of the time I may feel able to write about something other than a not especially successful football team.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Your geography lesson for today. Here we have a map of central Lapland, and I stayed at Luosto which is about 1,000 miles further north than I ever expected to travel. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of a very good friend of mine, 13 of us celebrated our New Year in this incredible place.
This is a picture of the log cabin I stayed in (the one on the left of the picture).All the cabins had real fires, a sauna, the most comfortable beds EVER, and ours featured at no extra expense at least one very brazen mouse. My friend Anne who is not overly fond of mice was heard yelling 'Fuck off mouse!' at top volume from the next door cabin at 4.00 in the morning when she was sat on the loo and looked down to see a mouse at her feet. She described it later as 'not a good moment'.
Over the past few days I have been tobogganing, been on husky and reindeer rides, and coolest of all - bombing across the frozen wastes on one of these...
I kept thinking 'James Bond' - or at least I kept thinking that when I wasn't thinking 'Oh shit! HELP!' Like for example when the thing cuts out half way up a steep snowy hill...and then starts to slip backwards.
Cold I have discovered is all relative. It was mild by Laplandic standards - 10 degrees centigrade was as cold as it ever got, but we were all provided with fabulous snow suits and boots and never felt cold even when we were outside for six hours at a time. Most of the time though it hovered around freezing. At midnight Finnish time it was snowing, we were outside on the edge of a forest - drinking champagne and leaping around to 'Losing My Religion' - oh, and I was texting Reidski although he never received my message till 4.00 the following afternoon.
When I wasn't outside in the snow I was mostly having copious amounts of alcohol. Well, I believe it is compulsory out there - but if you should ever go there - take your own like we skinflints did. It is VERY expensive to buy there. Our group had quiz's in the evenings and although my team did eventually win the movie quiz I was drunk enough not to be able to remember the name 'Rick' of Casablanca fame without resorting to cheating ( my team members being 11 and 15 respectively were rather dependent on me to know that particular answer).
All in all, the most wonderful New Year experience. It even made going back to work just 8 hours after getting home worthwhile for every time anyone asked me if I did anything exciting over New Year. Why their eyes started to glaze over a mere hour and a half after they asked that question I really can't imagine????
Formerly known as Just Jane, but with a blog move carried out in haste I managed to end up with a blog nickname I hate..J bloody J. Oh well, too late to do anything about it now. Call me what you will. So apart from a stupid title I have three off spring, one very special bloke, lots of friends, a great family, a job I love and a rubbish football team who I love too. I also have a tendency to go on abit.....you have been warned.