“Travels to a Different Time” 8July1975: Muonio, Finland: 100 Miles North of the Arctic Circle and Freezing Cold

Pelting rain last night but no leakage into my tent. It was raining when I woke up and it looked as if I’d be pinned down in my tent. A wonderful breakfast of tuna fish and rock-hard bread. Finally a bit of sun so I packed up and split. A 2 km walk to the main road with a milk break on the way. It was freezing cold. The fourth lift was with a guy my age and his sister. We stopped at his house and had some coffee. I mentioned I liked milk and he went down to the cold cellar and brought a can of milk fresh from the cow and it was delicious. We continued North to Kolari and I was left off there. It was so cold I wrapped myself in my Greek blanket. I ended up in Muonio which is 100 kms north of the Arctic Circle. $3.00 a night at the youth hostel. There were only two other people there an Aussie and a Swede. We went out to drink some beer. The conversation and the beer were excellent. We returned and continued chatting finishing my bottle of vodka I brought over from Poland.

Photo Tehri Touvinen

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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