After Umeå I stopped for few days to visit these lovely girls (they are actually five, but this day it was jsut three of them).
I met them in Jokkmokk. Very randomly and magically our path crossed. I am very happy I met them, they are wonderful , brilliant young ladies who are doing such un-selfish mission! They live in Husby, Stockholm at the moment. And in this area they organize events for youth (school kids, and also parents). It’s like Youth innitiative center, but they don’t have their own space, they manage to do all activities in different places. On wednesdays they have ‘Homework helping’ afternoon at the local library (must admit that situation with libary in Husby is dramatic! Hope it gets sorted out and locals gets back proper library!). Kids love these girls so, so much! And girls after the evening at home couldnt stop talking how cute and bright are the youth groups they got to study with. And this weekend they organize youth camp!
All what they do is volunteer job. No government paid. Nothing! Just determination and willpower, and good heart to built better community for youth! Some parents have thanked them how wonderful it is that they showed up in this area, because they thought of moving away,but since they came, they wont! And others have said that what they do is like seeding a tree. Now their job is to blossom the seed, but the outcame will be seen in few years!
So, I left a big list of my friends/connections I know/have around Stockholm, that they can contact with these people for future events! I wish them all good luck and cheerfullllllness, and hope it only goes better, better!
And while I have been “busy” with my hitchhiking around, getting to see more of swedish culture… meanwhile a good friends of mine down in Småland have been busy working on their new album… and whoa! here is the video releasing big news to all friends ‘hej, we got new album!’
love this video. and Marcus Lindberg has done fricking amazing work on this! wow!
I’m back from North….. I can start massive photo update here with random stories.
Shortly.. we the mighty turtle family could write a book ‘a hitchhiking guide to jokkmokk’
My first time to North. Hitchhike went 12h to first stop Umeå from Hölö, then next day free-rider car to Luleå as turtle family plans changed every five minutes. ‘Snickers’ energy when hitchhiking away from Luleå, somewhere on E4 in the middle of nowhere. Eventually getting to Överkalix where almost every local was involved in finding a lift for us. We managed to find Sanningslandet (translates as: TRUTH LAND!) And big woohoo - Im in ARCTIC CIRCLE! Reindeer feeding morning. Hitchhiking to Jokkmokk market. Finding and building up a tent in Jokkmokk by petrol station on the top of the small hill (so, warm toilet next to us, woohoo!). The driver we had, told that our camping spot is his childhood’s favourite memory. A late evening visitors GEO catching team, our spot is SQUIRRELS HIDING PLACE. Me making friends with market sellers during the day. Connections, connections! Meeting Unity communtiy, welcomed as friends, left as friends. Experience. Love around. Daily adventures. Camp fire chit chats and the key to Sami house in my pocket at museum. Sami house ‘peeing night’. Camping Akkajaure. Non-proffessional skiing by Eleina at Ritsem + strongest wind Ive had felt pushing me to the left, to the left… During the camping night I made prays to become better person if I survive, ha. Powerful wind changed our plans. Winter swim at Sikträsket. Long way walking towards Skellefteå, no cars, melting snow in the camping cooking pan by the road, seeing locals looking on us through windows, finding a bus. Eleina’s exhausted magical power on making a car to stop, taking to Umeå. Obbola and horses. One week eating semla in Umeå. First night at Strycksele listening country-rock-christian music, experiencing first palt-koma. Snow hiking at Mårdseleforsen. Baking norrlandiska hällakakor. Umeå open-air museum sami hut conversations. And so on and on, but SHORTLY : WHAT HAPPENS IN NORTH, STAYS IN NORTH. bye Umeå, Norrland, vi ses snart! …..
OnSunday wasthe first timefor a monthwhen really really first sun came out to play.so wehad to use the sunnyday to go fora trip to theMårdseleforsen. It especially was sunny and blue sky just like the flag of sweden.
Benjamin knew thatthere is a smallhutnext to the mountain“Storliden”and so he decided weshouldclimbwith snowshoes to find it! It was a reallynice trip.The forestin the nature reservewas beautifulcovered in snowandquaint.Old dead treesandrightgiant treeslined thepath, which weunfortunately lostevery now and then.However it was exhausting.Snowshoeing indeep snowisreally hard:).Butthe topwe were rewarded withan amazing viewover theforest and riverscenery ofVindelälvtals.After a restwith firein the smallresthutwe went backhome.
oh, not gonna tell how often i fall down when stuck in the deep snow hahah
Speaking about black sheep! My new friend Jänta! (Other sheep is named BABUSHKA haha (means granny from Russian)). :)
Now can see proof that I’ve been eating semla for a week in umea, chubby cheeks hihi…
But… so, here we are. a year ago i arrived in sweden. first night spent in jarna at driftwood company gig 5first time hearing them, and later i couldnt imagine they all will become so dear to me, and ill share part of my life with big DC family), then karlbergfull moon party. journey started beautifully, a romantic story. a man who i loved deary …on this day and we were together. but then it switched to psycho thriller. not too long later the scenery changed into drama, a mental thriller haha. but it blossomed into the best way, the scenery moved into an adventure story as into the wild, haha. now im in norrland, going to bake bread…. AND listening and introducing my new friend with DRIFTWOOD COMPANY :)
all the turns and detours life gives, are simply wonderful. <3 im happy :)
I remember worrying about you, unable to sleep, because you were at party and you never took care of yourself, you shared your energy with and for others too much, too often emptying yourself.
I remember how I was too shy to appreciate you and show my affection, so I came up with a silly new ways how to tell it to you with my behaviour not by words…
I remember crying in front of you, and pouring out all my sorrows and feeling safe when you comforting me until 3 in the morning and I fell asleep listening your breath.
I remember you losing all your trust in me because we had gone different paths and you weren’t sure if I was running around behind your back. I remember your distrust poisoning the time we spent together.
I remember what it feels like when you kiss my nose, then my forehead, and then my nose again. And the way your eyes light up when we’re hugging and I tilt my head up to look at you and smile.
I remember that excitment of sharing our hitchhiking stories when we went for short competition between us. And how surprised we were having the same situation happening.
I remember how we could spend eternal time just looking into each other eyes and saying no word, just by hearing each other in thoughts…
I remember you telling me that we had to keep our relationship a secret and that no one else could know , that this is just us, our moment together.
I remember the first time we broke up.
I remember the second time we broke up.
I remember the third time we broke up.
I don’t remember all the times you said “let’s not see each other anymore”, only because you said it so often.
I remember how every time after you did, you would ask me if I was okay, tell me that you missed me, and that it is me who has chose the wrong choice even if it was you who said ‘Bye’.
I remember the way I hurt every time you broke my heart, and the happiness I felt every time you took me back in your arms.
But I’m tired of crying over you. I’m tired of repeating the same routine over and over again. Maybe this will be my biggest regret, or maybe it will be my greatest release. But I won’t know until I try.
I have never loved anyone as much as I loved you. Perhaps I never will love someone the same way. But you are my biggest addiction. And no addiction is a good one.
So goodbye. And I’ll keep the memories, if you don’t mind. Maybe, that way, I’ll learn.
/So, I say it this way now because you still keep coming but invisibly, and I feel one of us really has not let go each other even if you have girlfriend already, you still find me, and I you. And it hurts to me, because I dont want this game. It was pure reality to me, no psychedelic passion. Therefore I still find it difficult hearing your name by someone… I want to say.. Farewell, C.C., see you in other life…
So, here we are. Three wanderers or trutle family. It has taken us a week to claim which one of ninjjas we are. Now I am Raphael, Sabina is Michelangelo, and there is debate about Leonardo, but I think Erik is Donatello, so, we are on our search for our leader - Leonardo! haha. That’s why our trip has been crazy, no plans, just go! :D anyway.
Here we are at place which translated “TRUTH LAND”…. Of course we went to find truth :) We were couchsurfing with amazing llady Lollo and Rami, and her two dogs (the sweetest baby girls!). I must admit that half of the fun I didnt get, because Im not swedish speaker yet,so, it is dificult when dont understand…
We had great delicious evening, then beautiful night walk with the dogs (its so peacefully silent there, we were over arctic circle! amazing silence!) and in the morning we went to see reindeers!!!!!!!!!!!!! omFg that WAS SOMETHING INCREDIBLE! Amazing expierence! And there are no words to describe Lollo’s cooking…. Best breakfast of my life - the pancake heaven!
Lollo is very generous person. She has the energy and power, and spirit to help, to give and to share. She brights up many people day everyday. Just the way how he is - this fully positive smiley lady. But I think she could be the best tour guide in north of sweden! :)
I wish to see her again! Thank you for everything, Mrs wonderful Lollo.
"Walking an hour , no cars, but we have met few locals - an old lady who talks about sochi, sledge dog farmers, Austrian and now we’re filling up with coffee and buljon energy at local old school bistro…"
My facebook status that day. We ended up walking like 3h, and I think around 15km, till we not give up but made decision using brains. as we both are a bit “ill”, we gottaget to warm home,so, luckily in the middle of nowhere goes bus! so, we waited an hour for the bus, melting snow to drink stock cube drink (id suggest every bacpacker have this snack with!). We were are super tiny village, but from all the houses were people looking on us through windows… Kind of creepy! So, this middle of nowhere people were afraid, but in general northern swedes are very friendly and welcoming!
so, if you end up traveling around north sweden, dont be shy or dont let that silly stereotype of cold swedes ruin your trip!
so, from skellefteå we hitchhiked to umeå, and when arrived at our friend’s, he had made sauna for us, and then we were having deliiiicious jamaican dumplings:) Perfect! We travelled over 9h, if we had a car, then it is ONLY 2H ride from Sikträsket (lake) to Umeå, BUUUT HITCHHIKING IS UNPREDICTABLE TRAVEL! :)
Now we were just resting, washing cloths, and again…resting. Soon in few days off on next north adventures!