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I’m usually writing about the mundane in this blog; about what it’s like living in the Faroes, about my hikes, fishing trips… and even about my new coffee mug! But today, I’m kind of angry. Angry about all those lies there are about the Faroe Islands and whale hunting!

At first, I want to express my deepest respect to all people and organisations working for a better environment, for helping endagered animals, working to stop global warming – the list is endless, and so are the list of people and organisations that really do something about these issues.

But some goes too far. And the recent years, terrible lies are being spread about the Faroe Islands.

Like for instance: Faroese people kill pilot whales as a sport, killing them with chain saws, and let the bodies rotten on the beach.

That statement is kind of amusing though, because chainsaws in combination with water? Nah. And the rotting whales? Nah. Which village would like the smell of that for weeks, and not only that – let their children play at the beach between rotting whales and maggots.

In old times those whales were the difference between plenty and starving. Remember, no vegetables grows in these islands, and whale blubber contains all they needed for surviving. Even today, everyone is written on a list when they are born, to get their share.

Another lie: Faroese people hunt them in huge boats at sea
Nope. Actually, they would never go out to sea, hunting them. If whales are spotted in a firth or bay, they would send several small boats out, and chase them up on the beach. And of course – that doesn’t happen often.

And again, they claim: “the pilot whales suffer a long and painful death, being cut up alive!”.
No. Let’s say if 200 whales are gathered at the beach: that takes 5 minutes. By cutting their spine, it’s dead in seconds.

And the list of lies continues:
THOUSANDS of whales are brutally killed every year. Wrong again. Maybe 1000 whales becomes human food every year. And the pilot whale is not an endagered specie, there are about 400.000-500.000 of them in the North Atlantic. Much more than the 48.000 inhabitants of the Faroe Islands can eat!

Theres a much bigger threat to the animals, that those people and organisations should fight against, rather than those islanders. Pollution. It is so bad, that the whales aren’t even suitable for food any longer, as their meat is filled with heavy metals. It’s so sad. I tasted dried whale meat and blubber once – tastes good, but not fantastic – and I was sick for 24 hours. Really, really sick. Vomiting non stop for that long is NOT funny. And I even did it twice! (because I thought my illness could have been caused by something else – now I know, it is the polluted meat that makes me ill).

I know – the hunt doesn’t look pretty. Blood and water looks disgusting, and everyone who have accidentaly cut themselves and cleaned the wound in water knows: the water becomes red, and it looks like blood. Kind of nasty. So of course, the view of a red bay looks disgusting. And I’m sure, that outsiders watching that, must be shocked – which gives birth to the many myths about the Faroese.

Some may ask why they eat it if it’s polluted, and why I get ill while they don’t. And I must admit: I don’t know. But they grow up with it, and it’s new to me. So maybe my stomach is “weaker!” But I do know, that many do get ill – many elderly people in the Faroes suffer from Parkinson’s disease. And the high prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in the Faroe Islands is connected to their diet: whale meat/blubber. (for anyone interested in reading about that, check this page out: http://lib.bioinfo.pl/auth:Wermuth,L )

So in the future I have to say when I’m offered some meat: no thanks. I know it’s good food in the rough winter, but it makes me sick. 😦

Anyway, I’ll stop for now – anyone who would like to know a bit more about these islands can watch this documentary by Journeyman Pictures (20 min.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oou3N5ylvdI There are some beautiful pictures in that film, also of drunk Faroese people chain dancing in the streets (been there, done that!) 😆

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Coffee time

I just love coffee, and I’ve bought myself a thermo coffee mug/travel mug, that I can use on my hikes or fishing trips. Or wile driving with my boyfriend somewhere. Isn’t that just great? And I’ve even found out that it’s perfect also at home, so my coffee stays hot while I’m working.

And that kind of exciting news is probably not worth blogging about, but to celebrate that I’m now owner of a thermo cup, I took this quiz… what kind of coffee girl I am? yes, I’ve always been wondering about that! (not)


You Are a Plain Ole Cup of Joe


But don’t think plain – instead think, uncomplicatedYou’re a low maintenance kind of girl… who can hang with the guys

Down to earth, easy going, and fun! Yup, that’s you: the friend everyone invites.

And your dependable too. Both for a laugh and a sympathetic ear.

 

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Right behind my house, a beautiful river is flowing. And I love fishing there once in awhile – but guess what happened yesterday; salmons were jumping – an impressive thing to watch. And I was excited to see if I could catch one of them – there were so many. But I didn’t.

That made me wonder why they actually jump, and yesterday, I found the answer: they do it to say: “Nananana I’m right here, I taste really good, but you can’t catch me! nanana…”

I don’t mind that I didn’t caught one, because just watching these beautiful animals was an experience worth writing about. But later – I placed my fishing rod in the sun, to dry it after the trip… and somebody stole it!

So I lost my fishing rod. Guess it’s some of the kids playing around here that did it, but I don’t care who took it. It just annoys me that some people haven’t learnt the difference between “mine” and “somebody else’s”. Grr!

Enough about that – it’s evening, and the sun is shining, and theres not a cloud on the sky. So I’m off to take a long walk in the beautiful green valley where I’m living. Lucky me!

Oh… a picture my boyfriend just took, of the river where I went fishing:

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Award!

 Who should have known, that all my ramblings about my life in the Faroes would recieve an award! Thanks, Carin for passing this on to me, and for letting me know you enjoy reading my blog. That really motivates me to keep blogging 🙂

 

 

Now, the rules that go with passing on this award:

1. Put the logo on your blog;
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you;
3. Nominate at least five other blogs;
4. Add links to them on your blog;
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blogs.

First, I have to pass this on to mainly two bloggers, as they inspired me to start up my own blog – simply because they write so well, that it’s a pleasure to read every day! Keep it up, Kathy and Sabine! 😀

 

The third one, that I think deserves this award, is my boyfriend, Sámal. He writes in Faroese, so only a few thousand people understands it – and since I’ve learned the language, I enjoy reading these incredible poems.

Wade is also one I want to give this award to. Wade’s photos are stunning good – he captures the beauty of mother Earth so well in his photos, that I really envy him. I really recommend you to visit his site, and take a look at his photoblog.

Unfortunately I don’t know many bloggers, so who shall I give this to – the rules said “to five persons at least”. Ah – there are two. Does the rule allow giving the award to the one you received this from? I suppose so, so Carin – I give you this award, not only as thanks, but for your amazing photos – I once searched for pictures of Saumur, and then I found some on your blog! So thanks to your blog, I know what that specific place looks like now 😀

And finally – I want to give this blog-award to a singer I really admire. A Norweigan singer, Sissel Kyrkjebø – yep, she’s blogging, which I find really cool! I’m not going to post this on her blog – but I have told her how much I enjoy reading her blog.

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Well, things may seem chaotic now and then – and last winter was a big mess. But for some reason, as this tests shows, chaotic times doesn’t clutter my mind. Well, what can I say about that, really? Hooray? Guess all those weekend hikes in the mountains of the Faroe Islands and meditation keeps my mind clear.

Talking about that – I was on another hike last weekend, and as always – I’m grateful to live in such a beautiful country, yet, I’m a bit sad that the dark nights are returning. No more midnight sun this year. Hopefully, the returning darkness doesn’t clutter my mind! Because, as I use to say when people are asking me what it’s like to live in the Faroes: summer gladness, autumn sadness – winter madness!

Anyway – thanks to Kathy and Sabine for this one 😉


Your Mind is 3% Cluttered


Your mind is clear, focused, and downright zen like.You have the amazing ability to almost completely control your thoughts.

Are you sure you’re human?

 

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