Even walruses in alaska are hit
Andrei has now updated the website for the WWF Polar Bear Patrol (www.umkypatrol.ru
) with the latest news concerning the dead walruses along the coast.
I realize that something similar seems to have happened on the US side of the Bering Strait. When the summer drift ice melted, more and more walruses hauled out on land. US scientists are now warning that young walruses are at risk of being trampled to death in the cramped haul-out sites.
I visit the local post office to send a letter to Sweden. A middle age lady with red hair looks up, and explains that she has a lot to do and she is very busy just now. I look around, and see one girl sitting at the Internet, it seems like she is writing to a boyfriend far away. There is photography of the man on the computer, perhaps a Russian version of Facebook. When I give my letter to the postal lady, she wonders shall it really go to Sweden? Nothing is as important now as a letter to Sweden; I must find the best stamps for it”.
It feels unreal, as if I am from the outer space – a Swedish Cosmonaut who has landed in the village of Ryrkaypiu. I thank her for all the great stamps and wonders if I should put the letter in the mailbox outside the post office. “Nyet. We never use the mail box”.
I continue to one of the small local shops. It is Ira who is behind the desk. We buy some necessary things like toilet paper and yogurt. The last date for the yogurt was a month ago, but it is good enough for me. Ira’s shop sells everything from groceries, underwear, a pink princess dress to a toy replica of a machine gun. It feels like stepping back in time. It is just like an old shop out in the countryside somewhere in Sweden for 50 years ago.
No comments about the helicopter, which was cancelled, again.