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RAID PORONKUSEMA ONLINE REPORT BY RICK AND MARK

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You wouldn't give it to your worst enemy!
Fermented fish has to be the most disgusting food I have ever come across.

The stench of just opening the tin can have you running for cover. Its strong. Very strong. Infact you can't believe such a little tin can make so much smell. Get the juices on your fingers and they'll pong for days. Get this smell on your breath and you'll be alone for ages.

Needless to say, it takes a special person to open and serve out this Swedish delicacy. Henkka is that man wearing just a bin liner and marigold gloves.

Served on a slice of bread & cheese each new raider has to eat the meal. There is no escape if you want to become a SuperFinn but in truth you wouldn't give it to your worst enemy!

Being a non fish eater I very apprehensive but I was pleasantly surprised to find the taste more bearable than the smell. It was just a matter of concentrating, chewing and swallowing. Job done. I had become a SuperFinn.

Poor old Mark had a smelly car for the rest of the day but he took it well.

A well-deserved sauna ended the day with the obligatory roll in the snow!!


Posted on 26 Jan 2009 by Rick Pembro pr
Come attraversare il circolo polare artico in inverno e sopravvivere
Our Italian friends want to report as well but in Italian so do not be surprised if you can not read all our messages from now on.

Mark and Rick...

Bene.
Molto bene.
Come dire... lo sapevo, in fondo, sono anni che attendo di entrare nella lista degli eletti che partecipano al Raid Lapponia e ho visto foto, filmati, letto diari... insomma lo sapevo.
Quando si scavalca il circolo polare Artico e si prosegue verso nord si deve superare una prova di iniziazione. Non ho mai saputo esattamente in cosa potesse consistere, ora lo so.
Consiste in un lungo cerimoniale, molto liturgico, in cui Henka, vestito con molti strati di plastica nera e con guanti di plastica gialli, terrorizza noi vergini toccando con la punta delle dita un barattolo di latta gonfio.. boh... sarÓ andato a male, sarÓ fermentato, sarÓ... chi lo sa... Insomma che apre questo cavolo di barattolo. Un fetore si espande... non si capisce bene a cosa collegarlo, ci pensiamo un po', Ŕ molto intenso e ributtante... Poi ci arriviamo. Cacca. L'odore Ŕ molto chiaro, cacca, si. Cacca. Forse fogna. Ma piu cacca.
Poi fanno le tartine con questo ... mah non so nemmeno io come chiamarlo... con questa roba sopra. Pane, formaggio, cetriolini (e giÓ qui ce ne sarebbe abbastanza per vomitare) e poi questa cosa sopra. Tocca mangiarlo, tutti con le macchine fotografiche per immortalare il momento, e tutti con il naso tappato. Non vedono l'ora di vederci soffrire, forse perchŔ ricordano il loro rito di iniziazione.

Il morso.
Non Ŕ tanto il sapore, che poi Ŕ spaventosamente salato e basta, il piu Ŕ la bocconata di spine, perchŔ la carne del pesce ormai Ŕ completamente putrefatta quindi non Ŕ piu riconoscibile. Spine in tutta la bocca... una cosa veramente vomitevole. Bon, poi va giu il boccone e via... Ma il peggio deve ancora arrivare. Il peggio Ŕ il RUTTINO. Il primo ruttino riporta alla memoria il fetore che si Ŕ espanso all'apertura della latta (che peraltro stava per esplodere per la pressione). E poi hai il terrore di avere un altro ruttino, di avere un rigurgito e di risentire un'altra volta quel senso di fetido in bocca...
Bene, ora potr˛ tornare al Raid Lapponia senza paura.
Quando avr˛ finito di digerire quello schifo, sarÓ tutta leggenda.
Posted on 26 Jan 2009 by Flavia & Roberto
Arctic Circle...
We have crossed the Arctic Circle and are now at the Arctic Research Center.



Rick, and others, had to partake in the ritual eating of pickled fish but I'll leave him to describe that later.

130km to go today and then it's 3 nights at Saarisselka.

A vist to the Arctic Sea and perhaps the Russian border may be on the cards. We will probably not venture across the border tho as we may not get back.

If this post does not get updated then you know that the brakes failed at the border!!
Posted on 25 Jan 2009 by Mark Lewis sf pr
Cold...
I would not say it has been cold today but there was ice forming on the inside of the car windows.

Cabin temperature was around +28c but todays minimum was -23.1 which is rather cold.

Luckily I've crossed the arctic circle before so I have done the ritual so tomorrow I can stand back and watch this with great amusement.

Off for a sauna now...
Posted on 24 Jan 2009 by Mark Lewis sf pr
Rolling, rolling, rolling......all the way to Lapland
Big day today getting up Finland as quickly as possible to get into Lapland and be close to the Arctic Circle. In excess of 600kms on the white and icy stuff.

Found an ice road open (ie road over a frozen lake). The ice was only 30cm thick so our speed was restricted to 30kph. I felt one of those ice road truckers in Canada. We had taken our seatbelts off just in case we had to bail out quickly.

We then carried on to meet a 2CV blues band playing at a pizzeria in a town which neither Mark nor I can pronounce. They had written a raid song which was very amusing and may be posted later.

Jukka, the raid organiser, has arranged for the whole group to meet on the Arctic Circle tomorrow where raid newcomers (ie myself, Peter, Henry and a few others) will have to go through some ritual!

Off for a beer now.......
Posted on 24 Jan 2009 by Rick Pembro pr

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