01.08.2008 - 02.08.2008 20 °C
This morning started with a run and swim in the river with the bridegroom. I can see why Finns are in such good shape. We go swimming and in the sauna every day. Jarno is variously a semi-pro hockey player, JiuJitsu champion, and ultimate fighter. His bride is a triathlete and marathoner. We also met the neighbor lady while picking wildflowers, who is 80 years old and bikes down to the river every day for a swim. And yesterday while all the victims of jet-lag were napping, I took Jarno's 7 year old cousin, Arttu, for a walk. We wandered down to the river where I was taking pictures, and before I knew it he had stripped down and jumped into the river, leaving me standing on the bank feeling like a pervert with my camera and a naked 7 year old boy! It brought up interesting conversation with our international friends about cultural norms. Wedding traditions are also a rich topic. Mostly like ours, but all the decorations and food are homemade. His mom is something of a Finn Martha Stewart. And a saint, for having a houseful of international guests before hosting a wedding for 150. We have some downtime today before the wedding, so I will report again and upload pictures after.