Things I Am Looking Forward to in Lapland
I am kinda nervous about Lapland, partly because I am contractually obliged to be there. Partly because I'm leaving my beloved dog behind, tho' I know he will be well looked after and is even going on a mini holiday himself. That said, I am mostly excited, because Lapland. Excited because my flight finally came through on Tuesday- tho' from Manchester! Excited because for the first year since I was 17 I won't have to serve Christmas meals in a pub, and get fed up of turkey before the Big Day has already happened. It's gonna be great! There are tons of things I'm excited for, but here are the ones that I'm looking forward to the most:
OK, so people who know me "in real life" know that I curse about snow. Having a scooter in the UK and trying to contend with ice and snow is pretty near impossible. But to go somewhere they know how to deal with snow without it being even a mild inconvenience... oh! I can't wait. I want to build snowmen and make snow angels, and just be able to enjoy the bright white snow! Plus snow means snow mobiles!
I pretty much am dying to go husky sledding whilst I'm there, I get one day off a week, so it should be viable. I have my fingers crossed. If not, then I'm gonna go and see them. Someone told me that if a husky dog gets loose, they won't find their way home, they'll stay out in the wild. I am dying to find out if that's true or not.
I'm going to be an elf in Lapland, so as well as the Big Man in Red, Reindeer are a pretty important part of Lapland. I have actually already met some reindeer here, not far from my home (they were vicious and I'm hoping these ones won't be). Plus I've heard it's common in this part of the world to (make your kids look away now) eat reindeer. I'm not so sure I will be able to do it whilst working with them, tho'! I am so looking forward to meeting Rudolph, Dasher, Vixen, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Donner, and Blizten.
Did you know the names for Donner & Blitzen derive from the Germanic words for "Thunder" and "Lightening".
The indigenous people of Lapland, in English sometimes called Lapps or Laplanders. I know literally nothing about these people, except that they are protected by international conventions and they're the only indigenous tribe in Scandinavia.
Seriously, I am never excited for Christmas. There is nothing like a pub full of people ordering the same Christmas dinner once a week with different committee's year in, year out, to make you cynical about Christmas. Plus my whole family are away at Christmas, and whilst I usually have a good time (i.e. last Christmas I went to the pub with a friend had Jagerbombs at midday & then went for a meal at my neighbours house, which was lush). This year I am going to have the most Christmassy Christmas EVER!
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