Oulu

We’ve just gotten back from a trip to Finland. It was lovely to be there and spend time with some of the important people in our lives we don’t get to see very often.

Because of our schedule, we ended up flying to Finland on New Year’s Eve. This meant that by the time we arrived in Helsinki, there were no more flights to Oulu that day, even though there would normally have been an afternoon flight. What we decided to do was to book a room in the airport hotel for the night, crash there for the night, and then fly up to Oulu the next day. It worked out quite well. It was good to break up our travel and have a chance to sleep a bit after the long flights. Lissu came out from the city and spent the night at the hotel with us. The three of us went to the hotel sauna and toasted the new year with champagne.

We flew to Oulu the next day. After a brief stop at E’s parents’ place we headed to her brother Olli’s new house for a family get-together. Lots of the extended family were there and we visited with just about everyone. We also delivered our Christmas presents for the niece and nephews. E had made them little fabric banners with their initials and had also found colorful floppy silicone drinking straws that they were calling “worm straws”. I made books for the niece and the older nephew (the younger nephew is a little too young for a book), like I did last year. The nephew got a story about cars; the niece got Adventure-Cat and the Pirates’ Treasure.

Me reading to the niece the book I wrote for her.  I think this is where Adventure-Cat gets rescued from a pit by a friendly tiger.

Me reading to the niece the book I wrote for her. I think this is where Adventure-Cat gets rescued from a pit by a friendly tiger.

We spent the next few days in Oulu. Our schedules were a bit odd as our sleeping rhythms slowly adjusted, but we enjoyed our time. We spent some more time with family and some time out and about in the city. One day we did a little shopping and stopped in at a favorite restaurant; another day we went for a nice long walk around some of the prettier parts of the city.

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One Response to “Oulu”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Good to know you’re back and safe! Sounds like a nice visit. PJ

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