This Is The End, My Friend!
Yes, sad to say, but all good things comes to an end. That time is unfortunately now. Currently sitting on the bus towards Evenes Airport from Svolvaer. We had a superb last stretch last night from Vaeroy to Henningsvaer. Didn't arrive there until 5 am so didn't have much sleep before we had to head for Svolvaer today to drop me off.
I think now is the time to reflect some over the short month I've spent at sea. It's the first time I've done anything like it and I didn't know Stephan, Elias or the captain very well when we left Oslo, so there's no doubt that I had a couple of "WTF am I doing here" moments in the beginning. Especially the first night when Elias put on hard style music on the stereo on full speaker, haha, That was like, holy fuck is this going the norm the next 25 days. Or when the captain was cheap on his stew the first day along the southern coast. Am I gong to starve on this boat, I thought. Or when I was standing on top of the bridge, ready to do a pendulum. That was a WTF moment for sure, but all in all, there hasn't been much to worry about and I've enjoyed pretty much every second of the trip. Slept well, ate well and had a lot of fun.
If anybody now comes up and asks me: "Who are you?"
I can now say:
I am a sailor, a climber, a pendulum jumper, a cage explorer, a skier, a thrill seeker, a diver, a chef, a fisherman, a photographer, a writer and the list goes on! I also want to put "a lover" on that list, but that was a bit harder to proof, as I'm sure you can understand. Rarely a boring moment!
Another aspect of this trip was for sure seeing how the Norwegiam coastline changed from day to day. From flat fields with windmills in the south to huge and beautiful mountains on the west coast and further north. Seeing this from a sailboat slowly everyday has been absolutely epic. I thought I eventually would get sick of being on the ocean all the time, but surprisingly I didn't. There was always something that would keep you busy if you wanted to. We have also been a lot on shore, seeing some pretty awesome places. Not sure what my favorite place was, but Traena is definetly up there alongside with Helgelandsbukken, the mountain we went skiing on. Then of course you have Lofoten! Beautiful, amazing Lofoten! I really wish we had more time to spend there, but because we did a lot of other cool stuff on the way, the time there got a bit short. A trip like this could easily be done in three months. And even then you would probably miss out on a lot of places.
I could probably write several thousands words about this trip and it still wouldn't be enough to cover it all, but I'm glad I got the opportunity and I will never regret it.
The question that I'm sure you are now thinking about is probably:
Will I get myself a sailboat?
The thought has for sure crossed my mind and I would love to do this trip again actually. Even alone pherhaps. The conditions we had along the coast got me thinking that it could probably be done in a bathtub. Insane weather pretty much all the way, but it's likely not always like that, so depends on how much I would enjoy it in piss poor rain.
It's not unlikely that will get myself a little smaller sailboat and do my own expeditions, but not this summer. Probably better to find a permanent home first as I've been staying at my moms studio ever since I sold my flat in April. Time will tell, I guess.
Anyways, this got very long today so I I'm gonna end it by saying thanks for reading and following us on this trip. If you get the opportunity to do something like this, don't hesitate to say yes. Just do it!
I hope you liked everything you have seen and read on this blog and don't be shy to get in touch if you are looking for some prints to hang up on your wall, hehe. Some shameless marketing right there.
Back to Oslo now. Going to be great!
Thanks again, check out the pictures from the last day and I'll catch you on the other side.
Peace & Love
- The Love Machine