Back

Day 18 (2014-06-24)

Landscape image: Beautiful inner archipelago without disturbing buildings and yet again not a boat to be seen. 
Weather: Cloudiness 8/8, south-westerly 2 m/s 
Distance: 21 km 
Average distance: 29 km 
Total distance: 521 km 
Position: Kitö 
Health/feelings: Completely amazing day and so satisfied. Feel like a king. 

Woke up to completely cloudy and chilly weather. Though it was almost wind still and it is so relaxing to glide forward on still waters. A while ago I got an e-mail from the journalist Johanna Stenius who wrote an article about the Norway adventure. She invited me to her parent's home on Kitö. The row there only took 4 hours so we have had time for a lot of socialisation during the day with mandatory sauna, dinner and of course whiskey. How wonderful aren't all these spontaneous meetings with lovely people? Meetings that would have never happened otherwise and that enrich my life Today we have talked a lot about my favourite subject, how people used to live before, but also about journalistics and Johanna's book debut about being a parent today. The book will be published in time for the book fair and is titled "Distress call from the joy bubble". It will be fun to read it as today's parents easily should be able to recognise themselves. I finish the day with chocolate and beer, tucked down in a sofa. 

Thoughts about life: Fear limits so incredibly many people from daring to live life and fulfill their dreams. Fear is good in the way that it in some cases keeps us alive but people are afraid of so incredibly much more. To embarrass themselves, to not be enough, to lose material assets or safety. Every time I feel fear I think: does it mean a great danger for my life and does it mean that I can die? If not I push away the fear. I actually get happy that the fear ahs appeared because it means that I have moved outside my comfort zone and can develop and learn something new. In some cases people strangely enough ignore fear when it should be justified, for example when they drive irresponsibly. 

Equality: Both Swedish and international research shows that rough and repeated violence in heterosexual couples in most cases are men's violence toward women. What characterises it is that the victim had a close relationship to and often strong emotional bonds with the offender, which makes resistance and breaking up harder. The violence normally happens indoors in the victim's own home and increases in severity and intensity the longer the relationship goes on. The most regular form of violence in close relationship is exerted by a man toward a woman who he has or has had a romantic relationship with. When it comes to reported cases, in 2009 over 90 percent of the suspected offenders were men. The violence occurs in same-sex relationships too, as well as by women against men in heterosexual relationships.  
Around 80 percent of the violence toward women in close relationships are never known by the police. Only 19 percent of these cases are never cleared up, despite the fact that the offender oftentimes is known and there are lots of documented proof. A strangely low percentage if compared to other violence related crimes where they often have less proof to work with.