During my journey from Kirkenes back to Tromsö, and then onwards to Luleå, I had plenty of time to think. In the end, there is mainly one thing that I really need to do. I need to dedicate one of my journal entries especially for my new friends.
When I got onboard M/S Richard With in Bergen, I didn't know much of what would come. I expected most of you to be a little or, honestly, a lot older than me. I expected most of you to be travelling with someone. I expected an amazing journey, with regards to nature. I hoped to be travelling on my own, without feeling lonely.
Looking back, now I know that all of this was true, but it was also so much more.
Thanks for sharing this experience with me, in all the different ways you did. I will never forget neither of you. Travelling as a couple, or in a group, you might not understand how much it meens to me. I'm forever grateful. You are the ones I share my memories with.
Anne, I'm glad to be your first Swede (even though I never figured out if it was the first on the boat, or first ever).
Moira & Tony, thanks for interesting conversations and cultural comparisons, and a little insight to that all retired british don't think alike ;-)
Lynette, fellow solo woman traveller, I'm so glad I was not the only one.
Janice & Tony (fellow engineer), for many laughs ever since we met during 'Frukost', thanks also for telling me about Australia.
Joyce & Norman, I noticed you already from the beginning and you seemed like a nice couple, I'm glad I also found out that it is true.
Daniel & Olivia, two out of just a few people from my generation, you did a lot more than making a Sunday in Kirkenes a lot more fun.
Peter, I probably would have found the North Cape without you, but I'm not so sure about the Children of the Earth. Thank you for the music.
It is now time for me to continue my southbound journey.
Wishing you all the best, hope to meet again.