Tag: arctic circle

same as it ever was (only better)

According to Thomas Wolfe, “Once you leave, you can’t go home again,” and I have found this to be quite true, time and again, my 2014 See The World journey being the most recent example. Of course the idea being that throughout your travels,…

back to the first stop

“Sooooo out of everywhere you’ve been, all those amazing places…you want to go back to Finland? Really?” At first I took a sort of confused offense. Uhhhh, yes? This is surprising because…? But if you take a step out of my mind (where everyone…

love, undefined

It’s hard to imagine that I sat in this very same seat at the Rovaniemi airport, just two short months ago, anxiously awaiting the bus that would take me to husky heaven, with no idea what life at Korvala was like. Now I sit…

Usvatanssin Kennel

I recognized the doubt rooted deep in Charlotte’s eyes as I answered her question. I knew that look well; it had been plastered all over my face just three short weeks earlier. “There are so many of them. How do you remember all of the…

the money tree & the ticking clock

The First of April, the Day of Fools, triggered my external Travel Clock. I can barely hear the T-Clock ticking right now, but I’m aware of its existence out there, somewhere, slowly tocking, currently muffled by the thick, plush safety blanket made of cash-money. It’s…

Korvalan Kestikievari

When you buy a one way ticket to anywhere on the premise of working for a family business in exchange for room and board, you are taking a gamble of sorts. What if you don’t get along with the other volunteers? Or hate the…

about those saunas…

According to my lovely host Jaana, the Finnish have two cure-alls: saunas and vodka. I’ve been can’t-taste-my-food-coughing-myself-to-sleep-my-nose-is-so-raw-from-blowing-it sick for a few days, and just overall exhausted from my recent transition from a life behind a computer to a life of physical labor, so a…