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Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2012 - 04:53pm PT
Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was inspired by Kalevala
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 6, 2012 - 04:55pm PT
My first evening in Helsinki I was really jonesing for a good meal after
months in the Soviet Union. I walked all over Helsinki wondering why there
were so many Italian restaurants. WTF? Then I found out 'Ravintola' is not
Finnish for 'ravioli' - it means restaurant. By then I was so tired I just
went to a store and bought some herring and vodka like the rest of the Finns.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2012 - 05:08pm PT
Leningrad Cowboys - These Boots
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2012 - 05:19pm PT
Aki Kaurismäki


Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
Erja Lyytinen

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2012 - 05:47pm PT
Rally Finland - Marcus Grönholm

Road trip during winter
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Dec 6, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Finland makes really good racing drivers.



-JR
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
Yes both rally - with Mäkinen and Grönholm - and F1 - with Häkkinen and Raikkonen - as examples.

"Michelin food" (**) in Finland: http://chezdominique.fi/home
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 6, 2012 - 06:20pm PT
Nice view... LOL...

Virpi Kuitonen


Janne Ahonen


The Land of the 1000 Lakes
Borut

Mountain climber
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dec 7, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Here are some news (in English) from the General Consulate of Nepal in Ljubljana, Slovenia: http://nepconsulate.si/

Borut

Mountain climber
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dec 7, 2012 - 12:39am PT
I have good friends from Finland, living in Berlin. Aulikki and her family are great people, very friendly and warm hearted. She comes from way up North in Finland, places one can apparently sometimes only reach by plane. Heard a lot about pike fishing - they bite -, and sometimes too many mosquitoes when the temps are high.

Borut
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 7, 2012 - 12:49am PT
How come nobody has pointed out that Finland is the UFO Capitol of Europe?
Borut

Mountain climber
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dec 7, 2012 - 01:01am PT
I'd sometimes argue with Aulikki about Santa Claus and skis. Both Finland and Slovenia consider Santa Claus and skis as their own discovery.

Borut

(edit: link)
Sparky

Trad climber
vagabond movin on
Dec 7, 2012 - 03:06am PT


What we can learn from Finland’s successful school reform
Finland came from behind to become the world leader in student achievement. Their strategy is the opposite of what we’re doing in America.


By Linda Darling-Hammond

http://www.nea.org/home/40991.htm
wallyvirginia

Trad climber
Stockholm, Sweden
Dec 7, 2012 - 03:24am PT


This is Finland for me. By the way this movie is awesome from start to Finnish. Pun intended..

@Borut

Everybody knows who invented the skis, and it was neither of you guys.. ;-)
Borut

Mountain climber
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dec 7, 2012 - 07:37am PT
Night on Earth
http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTY0NTkxOTQwMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzQ4MzA1MQ@@._V1._SY317_CR5,0,214,317_.jpg
Finland bottom right
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 7, 2012 - 08:32am PT


Park Rat

Social climber
CA, UT,CT,FL
Dec 7, 2012 - 08:50am PT

Happy Christmas from Finland
Happy Christmas from Finland
Credit: Park Rat




My mother's family came from Finland. My grandmother came from the Swedish side of Finland, a little town called Kokkola, she spoke Finnish, Danish, Swedish, and later English. My grandfather was born in a small village, called Parkkala on the Finland, Russian border. He spoke both Finnish and Russian before he immigrated to Oregon at the turn-of-the-century.

In 1972 I visited Finland, we flew north to the small town of Savonlinna. I was driven by a guide to the Russian border. I did not know at that time that I was within a few miles of my grandfathers farm. I will never forget what the guide told me as we stood looking out at the border. It was a chilly almost snowy May morning. We were looking at a scene that very much resembled a Christmas card with pine trees, lakes and some small stone buildings. She started telling me a little about World War II.

My guide pointed to a pine tree and said to me, we stopped the Russians at that tree!

I was speechless. Not we stopped the Russians in this area or at this building, but at this very tree. It was so poignant I've never forgotten.

It was clear to me that in 1972 that the Russians were very much a threat to Finland. They were bombarded with propaganda via radio at that time. Finnish people I spoke to were all pro-American, they wanted to know everything I can tell them about my country. They especially wanted to know what was happening on their favorite American television programs.


Oh, I left out one other fun tidbit. Late in the afternoon I was taken to the factory my husband was visiting. My female guide took me into a large indoor swimming pool. We went into a small dressing room, where she proceeded to take off all of her clothes. I had no choice but to follow suit, so to speak.

She was telling me that this was going to be a great treat, I would be experiencing a real sauna. What she meant was that I was going to be roasted slowly at a very high temperature, chuckle. It was extremely hot, to say the least. When I was lobster red, we showered, and jumped into the pool, swam a lap, then she handed me a drink called cloudberry wine. We returned to the sauna and repeated the process two more times. The whole time I'm hoping, no praying that no one joins us in this fun treat. I'm also thinking that I'm going to kill my new husband for getting me into this situation.

That night we attended a dinner in our honor. I was given a certificate saying I had endured a proper Finnish sauna.
The dinner lasted for over four hours with more courses that I can remember. What I can remember was that there was a different wine or alcohol served with every course. Somewhere in the first or second hour I realized I was never going to make it through the evening if I tried to keep up with my hosts.

It is very true that the Fins love their vodka. Actually they love all things alcohol. It's amazing they get any work done, considering their drinking habits.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 7, 2012 - 10:14am PT
Parkrat

Thanks for sharing the story!

Jaybro

Ah, the artificial Panda world
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 7, 2012 - 10:38am PT
I grew up next door to this guy: http://eino.org/ The view out our house was a landscape littered with his marble sculptures. His ex was also an artist and I definitely credit them as early influences on my professional artist career.

Not your typical Finn. His normal-sounding bio there minimizes his wild personality considerably.


Credit: justthemaid
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