“These kids are the first generation to have everything: iPhones, laptops, free education. When, and we all know these things are in cycles, when the bubble bursts, I’m concerned for their resilience.”
It would take a heart of stone not to be moved by the sight of over 100,000 crosses standing erect on a hillside in the middle of the Lithuanian countryside. Kryžių Kalnas (Hill of Crosses) in Siauliai is the site where hundreds of thousands of souls are commemorated, hundreds of thousands of lives are recalled, hundreds of thousands of loved ones are remembered.
Latvia, it seems, is a cash based society. It’s fortunate that I purchased some Euros on the crossing, because the young lady at the kiosk is shaking her head. “Sorry, no cards.”
Whilst Super Mario can sprint across the Mushroom Kingdom in under 5 minutes, Lithuanian Vytautas Kirkliauskas can navigate the course of the World Wife Carrying Championship with his wife on his back. No burden is too heavy for this super husband.
On a desolate windswept clifftop in Vardo lies the Steilneset Memorial, a commemoration of the 91 people tried and executed for witchcraft in 1621.
Utsjoki is the most northern municipality in Finland, making it the absolute outer edge of the European Union. The mighty Tana, a 250 mile long river that snakes through both Finland and Norway emptying (eventually) into the Barents Sea, forms the backbone of this tiny village…
In Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece (or indeed Apocalypse Now, a film heavily based on it), the protagonist treks for days and days in treacherous conditions towards The Heart of Darkness. He is confronted with increasingly bizarre and disturbing objects, symbols and actions that demonstrate the savagery of the native people.
I’m minded of this I pull into a roadside shop that is selling Sami art…