General and miscellaneous observations on Lapland
music and poetry
observations on ways of life
travels were based on the tradition of the educated classes to send young
men abroad under the guidance of an older teacher to acquaint themselves
with foreign countries and ways of life. This tradition began as early
as in the 17th century. Acerbi worked as a teacher for Bernardo Bellotti
on the journey to the North Cape. Acerbi himself regarded the journey
as a natural scientific expedition. Also the way Acerbi was equipped for
the journey tells of his strong inclination to natural sciences.
Acerbi also took a keen interest in music and poetry. He recorded compositions and poems he heard on his travels in his journals and made sketches for ethnographic drawings on local objects and things, ways of life and people.