We have officially started the summer market season 2017. And this year it was unusually adventurous and chaotic even for us.
In the end of April, me and Elias went out on a two weeks market tour in Germany. It´s been 5 years since the company visited a market in our beautiful neighbor to the south. And since we were traveling all the way to the border of Germany and Switzerland, we knew we had a long trip ahead of us (in all more than 3000 km). So we chose the most comfortable of our three vans..
We got about 8 km of the initial 1200 before the car broke down the first time.
That time the problem was easily remedied and we only lost an hour. 🙂 And we got as far as Landskrona before the serious issues started. Pulling out from a gas station the engine gave up. 😦 Hmm We slept in the car and come morning had to get the car towed by road assistance. Fortunately, Elias has a cousin on the beautiful island of Ven. So we stayed the night to await the final judgement from the workshop.
On Monday we had already lost 2 days and the day did not improve when the workshop called. New engine was the verdict and on a car almost 20 years old it is the same as a death sentence. So we got a rental and drove the 500 or so km back home to get a different car. Came back to Skåne and repacked between cars the next morning. 3 days lost and time was running out. We had to cancel all appointments on the way to the market and just get there in time. Hurry hurry, rice and curry. 1200 km not an issue.. 😉
And we did get a long way into Germany before the next issues arised. With many hundred kilometers to go the generator started giving up. And with a modern diesel engine no electrical power equals car stopping. By faith and will alone we managed to get to the market on the last swirling ions in the battery and then our second car for the trip drew its last breaths and died.
Luckily Elias was hungry as a bear when we visited the supermarket before we got there, so the changes of starving and freezing in the German Schwartwald were kept to an survivable rate. But we realized we would not get anywhere before the market was finished and we could fix the car.
Our first market was Freienfelser Ritterspiele. (you can visit their page at https://freienfelser-ritterspiele.de). It was really a big market with around 2000 participants and more than 300 tents. What we quickly found out, was how well organized the market was and how nice and helpful all the reenacters and traders were. Only minus on the market, was the temperature in the nights, at its worst a nice and comfy -7.
Leaving home we never contemplated that having the grand opening of our new web shop while being on a market would ever constitute a real problem. We were going to Germany, Europes strong castle and technological mastermind. What could go wrong they have high speed internet too..?? or? not maybe. Atleast not in the middle of the wilderness of south Germany on a middle age market. And alas we did not have a car, we could also not visit any other town, city or any civilized hub of humanity. So when the time came when we were supposed to open the web shop on Friday night, nothing was finished and we were a bit panicked. In a last effort to reach for the sky, we climbed the nearest mountain. IN the night in the freezing cold and wetness we spent 3 hours climbing and stretching our phones to the sky in a feeble hope of heavenly connection. And managed, only to get a notice from our roster that it would get online ASAP, probably in a few hours or so.. To cry or to laugh. We drank some wine and went to bed.
At least we had done all we could and the web shop was finally opened after 18 moths of nail biting hard work. 😛
Between the markets we visited some very good friends in the Mosel tal. O boy how beautiful the area is, and how good the wine they make. Not having time to fix the car properly we had stocked up on several truck batteries and kept switching them to get to our destination.
With only 1 kilometer to reach the last market, all batteries were finished. But with more batteries and more cables we managed to get there!
The last marked was a ”Mittelalter Phantasie Spectaculum” MPS in german. As they say, it is not authentic, it is phantastic. And it was realy a cool new experience for us. I saw people dressed like Sauron, Jacks Sparrow, orcs and Indiana jones. It was a mix of larp, cosplay, reenactment and a middle age market.
You can visit their page at http://www.spectaculum.de
The way home was long and tedious and took 46 hours. But still with some small adventures. At the ferry terminal in Poland we saw a flock of wild bore. While Elias approached them to take a picture, I was hiding behind a truck, thinking about how to climb it. The biggest easily weighed 200 kg.
This is the best picture he got. From a distance of only 7-8 meter.
Now we are home again, doing office work and preparing for Runrikets dag in Stockholm in the weekend. A market a little more close to home and hopefully a little easier to finish.
We are truly sorry that the web opening was a bit late and that we had some issues in communicating on FB in the last weeks. But now you know why. And remember even if me and Elias and everyone else on the Nordlys team is out for markets. We always have Bibbi at home, answering the office phone and sending out your orders. So even if our truck stops, burns or flies, we will be on the next market with you and your order is safely being delivered in an environmentally friendly way. No matter what! Because we are Vikings.
P.s. I plan to soon post a market calender for the season of 2017 so you know where we will be and when. no promises.. 😉