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Luleå - pics and icebreakers

This picture shows one of the pictures I saw, walking in Luleå, Sweden . Luleå - the gate to Norrbotten! It is a pretty small town, a lot of water and a big sky. I love the water, and if I find some nice lakes or rivers, I can sit watching for hours and hours. Just watching the water, the sky and people, if there is any of those around. I have been watching a lot of water on this trip. First in Bodø, Norway, then when travelling by the Hurtigruta along the coast of northern Norway until I got seasick and had to go to bed. For hours I watched the big rivers of Rovaniemi, I thaught they were lakes, but they were rivers. I have no idea of geography, sorry, I just see the beautiful water. I also watched a lot of water in Oulu, Finland. This summer, before I left, I was waterwatching back home in Viksdalen . The lake called Viksdalsvatnet is magic. We have a lot of water where I grew up. Quite a few pictures were lined up in Luleå. You could see people swimming, bathing, jumping into the

Sweden - on the train to Stockholm

This trip, Anne covering The Barentsregion 2008, comes to an end. I am on the train from Sundsvall to Stockholm, and I can't tell you I look forward to going back to the same old streets of Oslo. Well, of course, Oslo is a nice city, and there are lots of nice people, but sometimes I am just gettin' fed up, and I am not sure if I am not still fed up with Oslo, the way I was before I went on this trip, and the trip before this one. Guess I'll find out soon, but tonight is Stockholm. Well. To sum up, this has been a really great trip, and I've met dozens of nice people on my way from Bodø to Umeå. In Oulu, Janne asked me: What is the main difference between Finnish people and Norwegians? The language, I replied. And I have never seen Norwegians drink a big glas of milk in the pizzahut after leaving the nightclubs, but I guess, that is not a bad habit, and I have no idea if this is something most Finnish folks do, or if it was just those guys I met who did it, and who kno