Spent an extended weekend at my cousin’s place in Nivala.
Chilled out appropriately – with proper wood-stoved sauna every night and meals whose meat-index crosses ten. Altogether a pleasant visit, and it’s always a bonus to be able to catch up on family affairs in one go.
Took the train up north, and was once again impressed by the paperless web-ticketing offered by VR. A quiet car (as provided by Amtrak) would be a welcome invention in Finland as well, most travelers seem less than willing to cut down on their quality time on mobile phone (or to use the per-compartment sound-proofed booth). Train back to Helsinki was split into two parts, just like back in 2005. This time had a seat on the first batch of cars, luckily.
Rather mystifying is the fact that the ubiquitous info-screens in the trains are not put into much use at all, especially on the IC-trains they basically serve as placeholders for signs – considering the odd stops between stations and related deviations from schedule it would be good to know how late the vehicles actually are.
Again forgot to use the camera much – the traditional midnight dusk is attached.