Sunday, 10 of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
Kunal Majumder (India)
After an exciting four days at Lapland, it was a time to say goodbye. However the Lappish were not willing to part way without showing us the most ‘precious’ of their jewels – the gold mine!
Before going to the airport on our way back to Helsinki, we took a bus to the Paavo Holmisto gold claim. Paavo along with his wife Salli welcomed us and showed us around. Paavo has been a gold miner for a long time now. He looks like those traditional gold diggers from the Hollywood movies with a cowboy hat and long boots. He told us that searching for gold and other precious stone is a never ending passion for him.
Paavo took us to the mines where gold diggers were working, searching for something glittering. When Katri told us that recently a large gold nugget was found at the same mines, we got more interested. We wanted to know whether we can keep the gold nuggets or the stones in case we find them. Of course, said Paavo, provided you pay the mining license fee. Well, that was not something we had in mind.
Anyways, we had our luck. Paavo found two small, rather tiny, precious stones and a gold particle which he gifted to the FCP team. Katri promised to gift it to some of us after a competition. We are eagerly waiting…
Paavo and Salli were very kind to invite us for a lunch of soup and pancake in their camp. Though some of us were freezing and preferred the fire inside the cone cabins, still the fun of eating under the sky was a different charm!
Salli was also told us how she had come to the gold mine as a tourist and fell in love with Paavo and the place. We also met Paavo’s cat who seems to be very famous personality in the international cat society! Paavo proudly showed us her pictures in a Japanese feline magazine.
Our official schedule ended when Finnair took us back to the national capital. Most of us were very tired and hit the bed as soon as we reached the hostel. Of course there are some who always manage to find a time and a place to say ‘kippis’!!!