January 15, 2010
Hello, readers! We are in Groningen, and have successfully poisoned local people and festival organizers, so now they think we are pretty cool.
January 14, 2010
We already have two pretty noisy bands on board.
Now we have a baby too. A real one.
So what do we do now?
Let’s talk about the weather!
When we left Estonia (as good Vikings do, on Thursday), it was warm in Lappland, freezing in Miami and a reasonable minus 20 centigrades in Estonia. A massive amount of snow, too – probably 30 cm everywhere you
went. Very strange things happened: there were masses of adult people lined outside shops anxious to buy their first pair of modern cross-country skis and then learning to use them. So we wondered if the same thing is going on right now around Groningen’s speed-skating stores. Is this the year we finally can walk on water in this beautiful city? We will find out soon. Hopefully tomorrow.
January 13, 2010
January 10, 2010
Loodetuul on taevaluud.
Which in Estonian means “a northwestern wind sweeps the sky”.
We see some friendly lights on the Courland coast and head there for a rest. Hope someone lives there. Hope they know what a sauna is (pretty safe hopes – it’s Latvia after all). Hope the sea does not freeze, before we set off tomorrow for our destined land, Groningen. And some of us hope, they have a hospital here in Courland just in case. Because we the crew of the Viking ship Emma, we seriously worry that someone of the two bands here will soon deliver a newborn baby onboard…
January 09, 2010
On safe waters now, nobody’s speaking much, no music either.
Wind: 5 balls;
Waves: 3 balls;
Speed: 12 knots;
A Photo from couple of days ago:
January 07, 2010
The harbour of Reval (presently known as Tallinn) is rapidly freezing, but we manage to escape the thickening ice and point our ship towards Friesland. The ship is called Emma and when we talk about it, we actually don’t say “a ship”, we say “lodi”. Lodi. See the pictures below and you will see a real lodi.
On board we have a roughneck crew of Henry Punahabe (Red Beard), Marko Pikkkäsi (Long Arm) and Marko Sarvepea (Hornhead) plus our special forces, the Estonian bands Kirtana Rasa and Svjata Vatra – gentle- looking people armed with monstrous weapons like a trombone, a series of drums, some things you may know and a weird-looking harp.
By night we pass the ancient Viking harbour Saaremaa (sorry once more, Sweden) and enter into constant snowfall and creaky noises. The Baltic Sea starts to freeze completely. Must get out the axes. After all, we have to be in Groningen by next Thursday.
PS: we cant upload hig-res pictures from our sat-phone. costs too much, but we’ll do our best
Wind: 4 balls;
Waves: 3 balls;
Speed: 8 knots;
Curses: W, SW;
Daily mileage: 154
(Yes, we really say “curses” and “balls” – why not!)