This is the cinema at the North Cape Hall on the last day of the year 2008. There were 2 Spanish tourists and 2 German tourists today at the North Cape. Plus 2 Guides (one at work, one having holidays and going for the tour for fun) plus 2 (as far as I know there were 2 of them) members of stuff plus 1 bus driver plus 1 snow plough driver plus his son.
As you have noticed, my dear readers, there aren't too many new entries appearing right now. This situation will remain the same until late December when I go back for some days to the very north of Europe.
Our theme day is this month books. When you look at my photo you wouldn't probably say at first that it is a book. But in fact it is one. On this fence the Sami reindeer owner have written down the amount of the reindeer missing. These numbers are quite big - every family needs 800-1000 to make their living from it, so it's not little when 107 animals are missing (even if this is the total number for 5 families who own reindeer living on Magerøya). Unfortunately I forgot to ask Nils about these numbers as it was a day full of experiences (see here, and here), so I can't say more about it.
The reason for posting this particular photo is that - as I'm not in Norway anymore - I have a quite limited amount of pictures to choose from (it is also the reason for posting less frequently).
This is original pasta from Sardinia. It's not really possible to get this kind of stuff up there on the island Magerøya unless you have flatmates who bother to bring such delicious pieces of their home country with them!
Such an image is nothing unusual in northern Norway, but the tourists enjoy it a lot. Once you've seen enough reindeer it starts being anoying as the animals don't react when the cars come. If nothing else helps and they don't want to go away, try barking.
I promised to say more about the photo from the 1.10. It was a tent, in fact, but those of you who thought it was a circus tent were wrong (however, I have to admit, that it was pretty creative to think that it might belong to a circus). It was a tent which belongs to Nils and his family. As we know each other, I was even invited to stay there overnight after the reindeer culling (I was told by some people that "slaughtering" is too strong and "culling" should be used instead but I am still not completely convinced) which I however eventually haven't done. And the special thing about the tent (lavvu in Sami) from the photo from 1.10. is that it's so modern. The tents shown to the tourists look like the one on today's picture. Until that very day when we went to Nils' place I didn't realise that such modern lavvus exist! They are MUCH warmer than the traditional version (they stop the wind completely) and there is no smoke inside.
This sign is situated in Rovaniemi (Finland), at the Arctic Circle, in the Santa Claus village. I went there in 2005 and back then I really didn't think I would ever go to the North Cape, it seemed to be sooo far away... :)
This hotel seems to be closed. This is a pity, as there are about 200.000 tourist coming to the North Cape every year and it could be a good business. Well, it COULD - apparently they owners of this one haven't managed for some reason to maintain it.
I was going with my friends to the North Cape for the opening of the film festival, we were a bit late. However, I am really glad that we had a delay, otherwise this photo wouldn't exist. We still managed to get there on time.
The Sami reindeer owners have slaughtered today some of the animals for their own use. Whole families help by this event, even the children. Actually I would have expected something much worse, but it is really done in a relatively calm, quick way. The other reindeer don't see the ones dying.
This is the church in Honninsgvåg. It is the only building in the whole region Finnmark which wasn't destroyed during the WWII. Everything else was burnt down as the German army was retreating. People lived in this church for quite some time after the war, they even had a small bakery there!
This is what I saw from my window just a few days ago. There is a baptist church in this house, it is called Betania. They used to rent rooms to people who come to work here in the summer time, but from this year on they don't do it any longer. What is even more interesting, in the house in which I am staying now, downstairs there also used to be a church! I have no idea what kind of church it was, but now it looks pretty abandoned, including the altar and also a very old organ. Unfortunately the owner of the house is going to rent some rooms downstairs and I don't have the access there anymore and I don't have any photos from there.
This photo was taken next to the exit from one of the fishing villages. On the orange board you can see times. In winter, when it is very stormy you have to come at these times to such a board (and also a barrier blocking the road) and wait for a snowplough. Then all the people drive together in a convoy.
Our theme day is this month sister city. Honningsvåg doesn't have a sister city. I guess it is just too small. But we have here our great attraction: the North Cape. That's why I though that it would be nice if Colares, a city with about 7500 inhabitants would become it. In Colares freguesia (it is a local administrative unit in Portugal) there is also a very particular tourist attraction, namely Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe.
This is also one of the photos from last year. It is very safe here in Norway: people do not lock their houses, do not lock their cars, do not lock their bikes. The only thing they lock are the rubbish bins, so that they are not carried away by the strong wind.