Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Sami have been doing it for millennia

Cate makes friends with a Husky named Archie
A final word on the popping ‘bulbs’. Parts of our lounge room are about four metres high and at the very top of the ceiling there is a row of down lights.

Well so far since we have been here only two of these have popped. There is no way I can possibly get to them to change them.

Well there is – theoretically. I could move the dining room table under them - put four dining room chairs on top of the table – gaffer taping these together so that they do not move around – and then stand my tallest ladder on top of the chairs.

I would then have to stand on the very top of the ladder. I might consider doing this if I was insane.

The chances of that happening are less than zero – and when all the lights pop I am going to ring  a man and ask him to bring a big ladder and do the job.

This will be expensive because the elevator is only two meters high and anything over this height has to be carried up the stairs.

Any workman who discovers this always arrives at the door out of breath and unhappy and automatically increases the price.

And here is the link to the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes.

Well the snow hotel was an interesting experience and is something you would do if you have more money than sense. Which we did before the experience – but no longer.

For the three of us together it cost €1,000 which is such an unspeakably large amount of money to spend the night in a refrigerator I am embarrassed to tell you about it.

I mean if you really want to know what the Snow Hotel is like just go and ask your local butcher if you can spend the night in his cool room.

Sure it will not have the same ambience and you will have to ignore the hanging dead animals but it will cost you a shitload less than €1,000. Just imagine that your are at a Republican Primary.

I don’t remember much about it anyway because I was plastered because I knew I would not be able to sleep unless I was. It is fecking cold in there.

And for those of you who are worried about the snow hotel crashing in around you – forget about it. The Sami have been doing this for many thousands of years and have never lost a guest.

The worst that can happen is that you will you will need to go to the toilet and will stumble out into the snow and die. I am told that it is not a bad way to go.

For those Viennese who read the blog – we have discovered a marvellous new vegetarian restaurant in 1010. It is called Tian and the food is sensational – and very reasonably priced. It is non-smoking of course – otherwise we would not go there. It has been open about a month and is very popular. Do yourself a favour. 


  1. Honestly, really not sure why you wouldn't consider changing those light bulbs - lol - it would be such an experience to blog about !!!

    Have afantastic day !

  2. They've been advertising a fantastic ladder on TV here which folds down to half a ladder and then up and then extends to twice as long and so on. You get the drift. I've seriously considered buying one but have resisted the urge so far. I guess they won't have that sort of ladder over there. I agree with Me though, it would be fantastic blogging material for you to try changing those pesky bulbs. Please?

  3. We own one of those folding ladders, it is back in Michigan. Hubs loves it, he can let the ivy grow all the way up the chimney, only cutting it back once a year.

  4. I am assuming less money, but it could be that you have acquired more sense? (The second option is unlikely in my case.)

  5. They certainly look fool proof

  6. Me: And write future blogs form hospital tapping out the words with a pencil clasped between my teeth.

    Sandy: Well I tried to order a ledger like that but I could not get Amazon Deutschland to deliver it. But decided that it was still to dangerous for me anyway.

    fmcgmccllc: I am sure I would fall off it. I have a track record of this sort of thing.

    Merricks: The Husky ride taught me a valuable lesson.

    Lenny: That would be me my son. I will stick to the low lights. maybe next time you come we will do the chair on the table thing

  7. I s'ggest candles, and lotz of them. They are wick-ed. And old fashioned. They are easy to change.

    WordVeri: resesalt - to sesalt again

  8. Two men are waiting at the gates of heaven and strike up a conversation.

    "How'd you die?" the first man asks the second.

    "I froze to death," says the second.

    "That's awful," says the first man, "how does it feel to freeze to death?"

    "It's very uncomfortable at first," says the second man. "You get the shakes, and you get pains in all your fingers and toes. But eventually, it's a very calm way to go. You get numb and you kind of drift off, as if you're sleeping. How about you, how did you die?"

    "I had a heart attack," says the first man. "You see, I knew my wife was cheating on me, so one day I showed up at home unexpectedly but found her alone watching television. I ran around the house looking for her lover but could find no one. As I ran up the stairs to the attic, I had a massive heart attack and died."

    The second man shakes his head. "That's so ironic," he says.

    "What do you mean?" asks the first man.

    "If you had only stopped to look in the freezer, we'd both still be alive."

  9. esb: We do have lots of those - Cate loves them. I spend a lot of time getting wx of everything.

    Garry Ladouceur: An oldy but a goody!