Wednesday 22 July
Problems with internet again, which is why you are receiving little bits of my journey all in one go. Yesterday morning I left Sikeå I a hurry. It's incredible how the most peaceful places can be depressing when it's pouring down. I don't mind rain in general. Having spent my high school years in Northern Ireland and looking back at that time fondly, should say enough considering the fact that N. Ireland and Rain are each others synonyms. But yesterday I had just had it. The caravan was wet on the inside and outside. Partly because of a window that seems to leak (something else the former owners didn't tell me, but then may be they have never had rain like this), partly because of the flooded roads throwing water into the caravan from underneath (through the air holes). Anyway, that's gone now. Woke up this morning with a little drizzle (and a housekeeping thought: "Oh no, now my bedlinen won't be dry AGAIN", which was put out late last night because I could not, really could not, sleep under those smelly linens one more night.).
I tell you, the view from my caravan is a sight for sore eyes. I have parked my home at the edge of a lake. The camping spot is on the other side of the road where a little campsite is located (Dutch owner, btw, you find these people everywhere). I had a choice of the woods with electricity and all on my own without electricity. The latter it is. No chilled wine yet as I have left the fridge off last night because I smelled a little gas coming from the tank and should check that today. Today will be a day of housekeeping action. The odd fixing-the-caravan job, washing, groceries, tourist office and trying to find an internet café.
I completely forgot to write you where I am at: Jokkmokk (a little town in Swedish Lappland or Sami country). I crossed the Arctic Circle (Poolcirkel for you Dutchies) yesterday, yay! Somehow I've got the feeling this journey gives me more beautiful countryside each day as I move on. And I haven't even entered Norway yet, which is, as I was told yesterday, full off places you where once you've set your eyes on them, you never want to leave.
I am seriously considering leaving the biggest part of Norway (with the exception of the North Cape of course) for a separate road trip but have not made my mind up yet.