Train ride for fun

March 20, 2016

I’ve had a pretty calm week as far as I remember. It feels like I’ve done quite a lot, but when I think back, I can’t really recall anything specifically.

I should stop with these symetric-down-the-street types of images, but they’re just too cheap and easy.

We’ve had Karin over for a couple of days, but she and Paulina have been out most of the time, so not much to say about that. Though I found it really cool on how she traveled from Stockholm to Helsinki. Now normally, you’d either go with the ferry, which takes like 12 hours, or then you go by air, which is about 50 minutes.

Instead, Karin opted for non of the above, and went with train. “Train?” I imagine you asking. Yes, by train, up around the Gulf of Bothnia, through Lapland, and then down again. It takes a couple of days basically.

I’m fascinated by flatiron buildings, I’ve always wondered how it would feel like having an apartment in the top of one of those.

Upon hearing this, my first reaction was “You’d never find me doing that kind of trip”, but the more I think about it, it would actually make a pretty cool trip. Especially if your not on a specific time table. Most of my trips these last years have been about getting somewhere for something specific.

The saying “it’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey to get there” doesn’t really apply when you’ve actually got somewhere to be at a certain time. And you’re usually quite stressed about getting to the destination as fast as possible, because for some reason, you always plan everything too tightly. But going on a train trip around the Gulf of Bothnia would actually be more about the journey than the destination.

It might be quite enjoyable, if you’ve got the actual time for it.


Vichy, my preferred sparkling water, have released a new flavored version. Generally I avoid the flavored ones, they taste bad, and they don’t quench my thirst. But the new thing that they’ve released is salmiakki flavored. For the uninitiated, salmiakki is the best thing ever.

Anyway, I love salmiakki, and I love carbonated water, but as with many good things in the world, they don’t mix well. So against my better judgement, I had to try it.

I cooled the can thoroughly before cracking it open, took a deep breath, and tasted it. I wasn’t prepared for the taste, I don’t even think I had any idea prior to tasting it what it would actually taste. But funnily enough, there was a faint taste of salmiakki, but without the actual sting. If I had to compare it to something, I’d say it was a lot like watered down cough medicine. Not bad, not good, just cough medicine.


Obisouly, one of the things I was most curious about the drink was what kind of color it had. Almost all salmiac types of, eh, food? edibles? drinkables? are black, and I suppose I was expecting the water to be black:ish, but to my utter surprise, it was actually completely clear.

But just like all other flavored water sodas, it didn’t help with thirst. I’d even say that I got more thirsty by drinking it. I think it comes down to my brain automatically signalling for hydration when I eat salmiac (because I generally eat too much of it in one sitting).

Anyway, I’ll give it a proper 2.5/5 Toasters. I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t think I’ll have another one.