Rock and Roll (and the north of Finland) is Where I Hide

April 9, 2007

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Ive been off the air for almost 2 weeks so here what Ive been doing with my time. Right now Im sitting in a dingy bar in Tampere, Finland, heres how I got here.

I was in Warsaw and met a lovely girl from Switzerland called Judtih who was going on a crazy adventure up to the top of Finland and down again via Norway. After a few beers on both sides she asked

"soo, you wanna come?"

How can I resist an offer like this? So the next day we made out way up north through Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki. I had decided to go as far as the north of Finland as I had things to do back down south so we caught a nighttrain from Helsinki up to a place called Rovaniemi in the north of Finland which is right on the Arctic Circle, thats higher than Ive ever been and a year to the weekend I was skiing in Are, Sweden. Heres Rovaniemi on the map

Yup, its faaar north.. its also faaarking cold too, the lakes are still mostly frozen and you can walk on them! Sweet! Theres not a whole lot to do there beside go to Santas park where you can see the big red guy all year around and check out the line of the arctic circle, which is only slightly more exciting than being on the insection of NSW, Victoria and South Australia. I did find the time to make a small video about frozen water and the other thing the town is famous for..

So what else is Rovaniemi famous for?? Well its the home town of your favourite band and mine… LORDI!! HELL YEAH!! I actually didnt realise this till I got there and what a lovely surprise it was, the main sqaure has been renamed in their honour and on top of that LORDI has their own Restaurant!! Of course we went to dine there and it was a bitching rock experience, the place is kitted out in all sorts of dark Lordi inspired stuff, check out the website, it was so totally rad and to my surprise, heaps of families with the kiddies too! They are cool about photos and heres me with the statue of Mr Lordi.. does it get any more ROCK than this??

"FUCK NO" is the answer to that question. after checking out all that Rovaniemi it was time for me to split from my travelling parnter of over a week unfortunately, Judith is off to take a ferry down the west of Norway which sounds pretty sweet but Ive got friends to say hello to before I start my work in a few weeks time. Which is why I am in Tampere, just a few hours north of Helsinki, there is a hostel here but…. the reception is closed for Easter Monday!! BOOOOOOO As I was sitting there getting their free wifi the guy who runs the restaurant told me about a cheap hotel just around the corner.. good man! Dinner and a few beers later Im about to set off for my 44€ room.. and thats cheap for this country. Oh well, such is life on the road, I wouldnt trade it for anything… of wait, yes I am, for a job, a visa and an apartment very soon. ahhh hello sweden.

And finally, my man Rossco has been camping back on the east coast of Australia, check out his photos here but Ill show you my favourite below. Goodnight everyone!

Louis Zezeran

Louis Zezeran

Louis Zezeran is an Australian Stand Up comedian and comedy promoter based in Tallinn, Estonia.

He was the co-founder of Comedy Estonia, Comedy Finland and Comedy Latvia. Louis writes, does gigs and performs at private events through the Baltics and Finland
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