A friend of ours in New York City wanted to come and visit us next summer. Because she needed to use airline miles that were expiring, I spent some time a few days ago talking her through travel, logistics, and the environment here. I don’t remember in what context, but she at one point used the phrase “downtown Rødøy”, which was a good laugh.
There is the conventional definition of downtown, which is the center of a city, town, village, etc. In New York City, which is so big, downtown means something totally different: it means the part of the city in the south. Uptown and midtown refer to areas further north, but no less central. Central Park is in fact in midtown.
So I explained to my friend that in Rødøy, downtown probably means a single building that houses the general store, doctor’s office, post office, and Saturday cafe. (Saturday cafe is not some fancy name – it really is a cafe that opens for a few hours every Saturday, and half of people on the island stop by.)
Today, I hiked up to a peak not as high as Rødøyløva but closer to civilization. When I looked down, there it was. Downtown Rødøy! If I don’t go hiking or fishing, or buy fish from Steinar, I probably don’t need to leave this picture. Yet another definition of downtown: an area where you can get to all the necessities. The graveyard is conveniently located next to the nursing home.
On a different note, October is now done and spoken for. I uploaded a few more photos to polish up the month photographically. You can see them in the photo gallery here.