I go to meet Glafira and Ivan at the local regional library to see a Sami fashion show and crafts display. It’s not far, but it takes me triple the time to get there as I do not have a phone nor a paper map nor any sense of orientation or belonging. What to do, so I ask around and finally find my way to the library. I phone Glafira saying I am at the main entrance. They are too, they say. I walk around. They walk around; we are both at the reception? It turns out I am at the wrong library.
I missed the Sami show but was introduced to the librarians who are keen to help me find books and material for a part of my research on the art and culture of Murmansk region. I receive a library card and I feel as if I have just made the first step towards really diving into this. It is a big step forward here, to get a card for Things or for Being a Member of Things. You need a passport, and a good reason.
They don't sell any current maps of Murmansk anywhere here. Does everyone know what they need, where they need to go? Is the military wanting to keep the space unmapped? Conspiration theories 100+1.
Ivan bought me the perfect map in an antique shop, dating to the 80s. It's quite beautiful. Strangely enough, nothing much has changed here since. All is well, all is where it belongs.