Our last full day on our island was pretty overcast, so we spent most of the time indoors…
We used up our tins to make some pretty amazing hummus (or ‘chickpea smash’ if you’re Israeli and have certain posh standards regarding how hummus should taste), and ate it with shakshuka (i.e. ‘panned tomatoes and eggs’).
The rest of the day was similarly spent ‘using up the last of our edible supplies’ (eating lots of chocolate and chips), while we played a crazy long and complicated boardgame, read books, or ran in and out of the wood-fired sauna.
Leaving our private Lapland lake was hard. And not just in the ‘this holiday is nearly over’ way. I I mean actually, physically, difficult.
Luckily we had school-rowing-champion Simon at our disposal: after dropping off one load of passengers he had to go back in to help tow the second boat, which, completely filled to the brim with people and luggage, kept getting dragged across the lake.
Have you ever been to Arvidsjaur?
It’s a locality in the far north of Sweden with less than 5000 people.
It’s also a major centre for European car companies to test their vehicles driving and braking skills in icy conditions, and now attracts tourists (mostly Germans) who are into the whole ‘driving really fast on ice’ thing.
Convenient for us, because they have a small airport. Waving bye to the other kids, Andy, Dick, Elle, Jules and I flew up and out to Stockholm.
By the time we arrived, there was just enough time left in the afternoon to find our accomodation, and to wash 4 days of dirt of our bodies.
But the next morning began with coffee, and was filled with sunshine.
We stopped off for some fried herring on toast (Skåning), following a recommendation from Bonnie prior to our previous trip ut to Stockholm, and spend the rest of the morning wandering around.