The poem is real, I can't remember what nationality the man who witnessed it all was, but Arabic is a good guess. He wrote the whole thing down and it has survived till today. It is really spoken by the female slave chosen to travel with the dead king. The rest of the story is not all that family friendly, so I'll just stop there. ;)
I saw an episode of x-files that was suppose to take place in Lofoten in northern Norway. The fishermen had seen something mysterious out at see and were afraid to go out there. When Mulder and Scully came there, the fishermen were sitting in gloomy rooms, bent over the table and their cups, giving dark glares to the 'intruders' and no one said a word. Oh how I laughed. Imagine the complete oposite and you would be close to the truth. A wonderful type of people up there.
Squiggly coastline indeed! We have plenty of coastline, which is why the Germans was so interested in us during the war and part of why they are still so interested in us now, though this time the invation consists of tourists and they are most welcome.
the mist, the steep green bush choked mountains* which are very much like New Zealand I might add*.
It is really Canada, but I agree, the little I have seen of NZ reminds me of home, only greener. NZ and Iceland are the top of my list of places I want to go.
With the risk of sounding like a tourist agancy; It is so beautiful up here, and there is so much to see, so many different types of scenery, so many things that will blow you away, you have no idea. :)