Welcome to Finland!
30.07.2008 - 31.07.2008 22 °C
We made it! The flight was uneventful (with the exception of the girl behind us puking all the way from London to Helsinki - nothing contagious I hope), but we were nearly late for our connection at Heathrow, arriving just as they began boarding, then spent over an hour waiting on the tarmac for a dead plane to be towed off the runway. Arrived in Helsinki only an hour late (6:30pm), and Jarno picked us up at the airport and took us to his fiance's grandparents mökki (cabin) on a lake deep in the woods (both of which Finland has plenty of, as seen from the plane!). We enjoyed a campfire cookout, dip in the lake, and traditional Finnish sauna, in the waning dusk from 8:30 - 11pm. Fell asleep propmtly in the car for the ride to his parents farm, and then happily fell into bed once here.
Today we are exploring the farm and helping with wedding preparations. We picked wildflowers from the field, berries from the orchard, folded napkins, tied ribbons, etc with Jarno, his parents, fiance Henna, and a couple other guests from Germany who were also international students at WSU. It is so special to be included in such a neat and intimate cultural experience as a wedding! Janelle has also made fast friends with Jarno's 7 year old nephew, Arttu, teaching each other vocabulary words. We even got to watch a solar eclipse, reminiscent of the first night Jarno spent with our family watching a meteor shower in the driveway Can't wait for the wedding tomorrow, will write a full report then. Näkemiin!