But as the sun hits the horizon, it does not sink, yet travels along the horizon for a little while, until moving higher in the sky. It is mid summer in Lapland. The fire-weed is growing rampant, as are buttercups and bluebells.
rainbow (nearly double) just past midnight
part of that rainbow is my blogging avatar
Long winter and snows make for a feast of mosquitoes come summer. I am usually a magnet for them, but they didn't bother me so much while I was there. Lucky me.
The sun was strong and it lasted oh so long, forever in fact, and sometimes it got the better of me. I did have a bit of heat sickness which was very unpleasant. You just don't realize how long you are staying out in the sun, and I did it from morning till late night, usually. I would stay on the back deck, reading, and sunning, and contemplating life.
Later, I would share my time with my companion out there, until quite late.
The best part of Finnish life must be the requisite inclusion of a sauna in the house. Frequent saunas are wonderfully cleansing for mind body and spirit, I believe. And afterwards it's not unusual for a Finnish man to want to make love, so that's a plus.
I ate reindeer while I was there... somewhat gamier than venison. It was so so. Didn't eat bear... I wouldn't have gone for that.
Russia is just an hour or so away from where I was, in Rovaniemi. Didn't bother going there, though. Although I wouldn't have minded, just to say I'd been.
When it wasn't raining, which it did a lot, to my delight, the sky would be oh so blue, and dotted with puffy clouds.
And there were doggies, too, who were the most faithful of companions, I love them so.