My Recent Trip
My Recent Trip
People are fond of traveling and they spend their
holidays traveling. They travel to see other countries and continents, to learn
a lot about people’s traditions, to enjoy picturesque places. It is interesting
for them to discover new things, different ways of life, to meet different
people, to try different food. For some people there is nothing so exciting as
traveling, and I'm not an exception. I'm happy that I have traveled a lot and I
hope that my recent journey wasn't the last one. This winter I have traveled to
Finland, exactly to Lapland – country’s north. It is a fairyland.
There are many ways of traveling - by train, by plain,
by ship, on foot. Everyone chooses his favorite one. Mostly I prefer
automobiles, because of splendid scenery, that you can view from a comfortable
seat. Of course I haven’t gone through the sea by car, however three and a half
hours on boat “the Fantasia” ferry seemed to me as a very quick past time, as I
haven’t got any sea-sick when the sea was a little bit rough. Coming to the
“finishing line”, and building up reserves of petrol we, my father and three
brothers, were ready to “take off”. So, leaving Finland’s capital – Helsinki –
we took our way straight to Ylläs (a small
mountain-ski resort, placed nearly 1200 kilometers from our start point).
Passing several small towns, little cafes, and pubs and of course having a
break there, we had what we wanted. Crossing Arctic Circle for the second time
is a very thrilling thing. At last, on reaching our destination, we stayed in
the small motel separate house. Two-storied, 35m2 area of well
“equipped”: a TV-set, a VCR, a microwave oven, a refrigerator and much more.
Making ourselves at home, absolutely tired of this
long way, after a small rest we began to explore the locality. Nearby, there
were the only small supermarket, and a restaurant, where we spent some of our
evening time. By the way, it’s getting dark there at three o’clock, when the
sun shows its rays at eleven. Something, that can be called a polar night. The
first day that went before awfully strange state of our souls was dedicated to
getting the info about renting skis and motor sledges (called ski-doo). Then
skiing some time before getting mysterious and gloomy brought us a big
cheerfulness supply. This was fantastic, outstanding – going down from the
descent of 3 kilometers long and 750 meters of absolute height. No comments.
Huge amount of adrenaline in the blood – is the awesome mania for me.
On the next two days we were doing the same things,
entertaining ourselves, just how we could. Breaking the “monotony” of our
holidays, when we got used to sever of that climate (about 35-38°C everyday),
tried to “ride” JAMAHA “motor-horse”. Getting speed up to 100 kilometers an
hour, slightly taking cool turns we thought that it was impossible to tear away
from this pastime. However, nothing lasts forever, as no one lives forever.
Whenever something pleasant ends and something “bad” do not keep you waiting.
In the evening, after taking a time in sauna, we packed our luggage, and went
home. The way back was not so long; from my point of view it’s always so.
Looking through the car window, with a very thoughtfulness, I said “good bye”
to all the places, things and people: house, skis, mountains, land natives, who
gave us superb quality service, deer, etc.
Any kind of travel helps you to understand many things
that you can never see or learn at home. Though you may read about them in
books and newspapers. I like traveling. I got a lot of impressions during my
last journey. I hope that it will not be the last one, hope for the best. People,