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... where I was picked up by Mikko for the drive to Tampere.
Tampere is 150km north of Helsinki but it's not a particularly exciting drive. The motorway is empty by English standards and the route is largely through featureless forests. The wild lupine on the side of the road ad colour, with large drifts of blue and pink.
Tampere is situated on an isthmus between two lakes with an 18m difference in level and it ...
... we made our way around, booth by booth, we came across one of the food vendors. Pulled pork, sausage, sauerkraut...yes please. So, there we were with a plate of meat, a pint of beer, and a few hundred happy Finns waiting for the hockey game versus Czechoslovakia to start on the television set up in another booth. Once it started, we were no longer tourists, but part of the frenzied crowd cheering on Finland to victory. Why...this calls for more ...
... freezing water. On my first go I hesitated before getting in the water, but then there were people standing behind me waiting to get in so I had to get in. After a few trips back and forth from the sauna to the water I got better at it. By the last go I was able to do panicky doggy paddles in the water before getting out. Today I tried the oldest sauna in Finland today, Rajaportti sauna (over 100 ...
... other exposures to Finnish history. We went first into a special exhibition called "the Finlandisation of Finland". Apparently "Finlandisation" was a term - proposed by Germany I think - referring to the way Finland appeased Russia & imposed self-censorship & did whatever necessary in order to avoid upsetting a terrifying neighbour. It made for fascination reading, the lengths to which the government went to not upset USSR. The pieces were written with an implied comment ...
... have generally proved effective and well-placed. Tonight we had our first hiccup with the accommodation prebooking - with the parking we were relying on proving to be a block and a half away at a pay parking garage. The technology has so far proved largely faultless. The problems to date have only been 1. our first incoming call on our Go-Sim global roaming card not being audible ...