Thank you both for correcting what was probably too hurried a diary piece on Jan Baalsrud. His career and exploits had been outlined to me one memorable afternoon in Furuflaten and I quickly jotted down all I had been told in a fit of enthusiasm. I intend to get hold of a copy of ‘Defiant Courage’ and discover more about this heroic figure. E.C.]]>
It is good to see the story of Jan Baalsrud retold. Such heoic deeds are an inspiration for generations to come. The general story is correct but the details from Defiant Courage are more correct - as a small example I believe that while staying in Hotel Savoy (a small wooden hut that I visited in 2006) Jan was forced to cut off nine of his toes - the tenth had been shot off by a German bullet.]]>
Absolutely stunning! It looks very unreal - reminds me of the painting “The scream”]]>
Congratulations to the swim! -and all the experiences and meetings. (Siljan was cold outside Hildasholm at the time. Referncepoints alter!) Sister Lotta has joined in and Henrik. Well done and good luck with the rest, reports, films, books etc. Are you planning on a reunion to make the separation easier? much love
congratulations!… and thanks for the inspiration. Knowing you’ll miss the dogs and each others’ company after such an intense experience… enjoy the wind-down reflection time.. I’m sure all of us ‘back home’ are looking forward to hearing the stories and the learning in even greater detail. Thanks again. Romy]]>
It has been incredibly interesting to follow your journey and to share the experience in a very small way, I envy and congratulate you all!!]]>
I would just correct some small details that was wrong in the story about Baalsrud.
The name of the airport they should blow up is Bardufoss. He was never in Finnmark, just Nord-Troms and i did not walk for SEVERAL months. He walked to Furuflaten by himself, from there he was transported on a sled made there and was lying in a small cavern (or more a crack) in Manndalen for some weeks.
There is also a newer book “Defiant Courage: Norway’s Longest WWII Escape” about Baalsruds escape, with more details (and some say more correct), by Tore Haug and Astrid Karlsen Scott. The norwegian title is “Jan Baalsrud og de som hjalp ham”.]]>
Adam, dear friend: thanks to Cristina Monte who told us about Finmark 2007 I read the team’s post every day. A great chance to learn and to know what’s happening there just now. I thank the team for this. Thanks also for the wonderful photographs. God bless all you. With my best wishes. Victoria.]]>
Dear Adam et co, Thrilled to read you seem to meet just the right people on your journey. I bet somewhere they all knew form a saying you would be there this winther… If your journey could bring healing and better understanding between the reindeersamis and the fishingsamis it would sure be a blessing. I hear a lot about the fishingsamis who feel undervalued. Love
I am very much enjoying following the progress of the expedition and reading about the Sami culture. Beautiful photos as well. I am passing the diary on to my father, a native Finn. Thank you for this picture into the lives of the Sami.]]>
Have the number of snowstorms, whiteouts, and violent winds increased over the years? Is this similar to anything that have happen in the earlier climachanges that led to global warming and ice ages?]]>
Dear Adam and Everybody there,
Just got back from Poland and was reading your fascinating stories and looking at photographs from those places you are trying to make closer and more understandable for you and us. May you have all the best friendly winds all your way through the snows, may God guide you, sophie
I have been following your journey with such admiration. I haven’t left messeges as I don’t have anything terribly intelligent to say! I have passed the website address to Dan (our son) and to Justine (our granddaughter) who is extemely interested in climate change, and she is doing this in her science exam module. With very best wishes for the rest of your trip. Take care to you all.]]>
Hello dear friends, we follow your path with great interest and envy.
In case you will now get bombarded with more or less thought through questions this is why:
I teach at Europaskolan Strängnäs (at least right now) and the students age 16-19 are finding out what you do. There will be questions possibly. Many of them choose the samiculture and climatechange, one girl is finding out about Mari Boyne. She liked the lyrics so much, but there might be questions about the dogs, your equipment and if you aren’t hiding a scooter somewhere afterall…
My son Fabian’s teacher, Bengt Johansson, (MAriefredsskolan 7D, history, geography, english and swedish) is very interested in finding out more about you. I hope he will contact you while you are still out there (in my case American literature had to wait)
TAke care and I wish you a great last part of the trip.]]>
you are in your element and possibly as happy as I have ever known you.
Does nature bring us closer to ourselves, and help us understand who we are? Can Nature help us find real answers as opposed to the world of Sheinwirklichkeit? Is it true that 9,000 years ago, the Sami and the Berbers were one?
God bless and may he guide you. My love to you and your equipe.
stunning photographs. I hope all is well. I love the shot of the Northen Lights.
it reminds me of a Kandinsky abstract.
Much love, God bless ,
Bumped in to Jane and your other team, Euan, at the Old Vic (The Entertainer) and later at Tas the Turkish restaurant in the Cut. It all seemed a long way from your Arctic adventure which I’m loving. Fascinated by this morning’s posts on the academic and other qualifications of men and women in the far north. We have minus zero temperatures here too. Keep posting away. It’s fascinating and very envy-making!
I am finding the diary facinating and will continue to log on to see how the expedition progresses over the next few weeks.]]>
Has global warming effected the living situation of the reindeers?]]>