Birthday(s) stopover in Orimattila!
Trip Start Jul 17, 2007
34Trip End Oct 05, 2007
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On my way over to Orimattila my motorbike decides to have an unautherized break(down) in the middle of nowhere! Now I thought 'I have ANWB insurance' so no worries right. Calling the Finnish sister organisation...who are very helpful, NOT, by answering; Sorry cannot help you without payment guarantee! As the battery of my phone also dies and my prepaid amount is on it's lowest, I decide to get help myself. So of ploughing throught the farmers' fields to finally ask help at a cement factory. After some talks and phonecalls I and my bike are being picked up by with old motorbike racing champion, who owns a motorbikeshop (how lucky is that!)
Arriving late in the evening, cold to the bone but with my bike!
Birthday party time at the neighbours, so going over there for a warm tea!
It turns out to be a great evening with lots of talking (luckily for me mostly in English).
Saturday it's preparation time as Vera will celebrate her birthday on Sunday. Besides the cleaning and decorations, we also make yummi cakes, pies and a birthday cake of course! Getting my bakery skills into action again ;-))
On Sunday I meet their family, nice to see faces with names now. Also meet their neighbours again! Timo tells me he owns several old motorbikes, so of course I would love to see them. Arrange to meet them the next evening. Then other neighbours Timo and Annmarie find out I love sauna, so they offer me to come to their house on Monday to have a last sauna before leaving! Great!
As I will take the boat Tuesday night, it gives me 2 last days in Finland. As always time seems to fly! Motorbike rides with the kids, visit to the carpet making place (as bought 3 carpets to take home with me, somehow trying to fit them on my bike ;-))), visiting an old handy mummo, having a lovely last lunch with Virpi in an old bank building-tea room
Tuesday evening, after the-world's-best-pancake, it is really time to go!
Difficult to believe I am really leaving this country now, hard to leave. Leaving last minute as always, I rush my way to Helsinki. Still need to pay visit to the supermarket and no boat ticket yet, but about 1,5 hour before boarding I make it to the harbour and manage to get myself on board! Made it again ;-))