There is another story I wish to share.
And so it goes- they met a bear who was not yet hibernating.. in the hotel bar. Indeed, he bought them both a local drink of 'Undebahc' - equal mix of Sambucca and Jägermeister spirit - joining them at the table where they were sitting with Pekka. He spoke in English to them and seemed to enjoy Scots humour, as he was happy to stay and chat..
"Oh she is _beautiful_", the bear laments. And to Pekka, speaking in Suomi tongue, "If I wanted to I could take her away from here to my den and there'd no way he could stop me".
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Pekka tells them this in translation, which raises the 'banter' between Andrew and the bear. So the dialogue began, not speaking in Suomi, Norge, Svenksa, Sámi, French or German, but in good-natured boisterous form..
"Isn't she beautiful?" the bear keeps asking, mentioning "a team of special forces" and other personal attractions. "Aye, but it's _so_ dark outside these days you can't see anything" Andrew repeats in the loop, deflecting attention from the subject. "Look, the landscape outside is so beautiful isn't it". And so on it went on. From that position, it wasn't possible to see anything outside but the lights in their own reflection.
But then the loop in the conversation broke.
And the bear spoke of time. He spoke of how human peoples often get stuck in the wrong sense of what is important and good. "Not 1 second, not 1 minute, nor 1 hour, week, month year.. These fleeting irrelevancies should not be the concerns of human time; No! So, what is interesting?..". The bear answers his own rhetoric, "No, better think of what is important and relevant over _1000_ years!"
They all sit at the table quietly pondering within all of those timeframes at once. The horizon spreads over open enlightened land, extending forever.