Two ways of paddling

Between these two photos lie 4 weeks and 620 km. I made the first one on a kayak tour in Skelleftehamn late April. The second one I took in Stockholm last week. (And no, I didn’t paddle the whole way.)

It’s no coincidence that I have called my blog way-up-north. I’m more often in Kirkenes than in Stockholm. There was however an important reason for travelling south to the capital of Sweden. I need a new passport and the only possibility to apply for it is in the Embassy of Germany in Stockholm. I was a bit nervous that I would have forgotten one of the needed documents as e.g. my birth certificate, but the documents were complete and anything went well. In a few weeks I will receive a letter with my new passport.

After the passport application I had some spare hours before taking the train back to Umeå and then the car to Skelleftehamn. It was warm and sunny and I decided to hire a kayak. I booked it for just an hour but it was fun to be on the water and see Stockholm from this perspective. On the tour before I used a dry suit for protection, this time I paddled barefoot and in a t-shirt. Nice!

I like Stockholm – it is a beautiful town – but I don’t want to live there. Beside of the ridiculously high prices for housing it’s too big for me. And of course way too south!

3 comments to “Two ways of paddling”

  1. Johanna 2019-05-29 16:34

    Hej Olaf ,
    schön , dass Du wieder berichtest …..freue mich auf Deine nächsten Einträge:-)

  2. Margrit Schneider 2019-05-31 17:32

    Olaf, can you remember the year, when Wolf and I went from board a big ship and you are waiting for us and than we had a nice day together?
    Yours Ma

  3. way-up-north 2019-05-31 22:23

    Hej Johanna. Auszeit ist vorerst beendet, aber im Nicht-Winter schreibe ich ja oft etwas weniger.

    Ma of course I remember that. I even passed the restaurant in Gamla Stan were we had dinner. I think it was May 2008 – eleven years ago.

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