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August travels: Oulu

August 20, 2017

Our travels went fairly well. We first flew from Boston to Reykjavik, then on to Helsinki, where we had a long wait before our flight up to Oulu. It’s getting harder to do these long travel days as we get older. Fortunately we know where the good cheap food is in the Helsinki airport and we found a quiet corner with benches were we could take turns stretching out for a nap.

In Oulu, E’s father kindly picked us up at the airport and gave us a ride to our hotel, which was right by the market square. We had just enough energy left in us to wander out and get some lunch/dinner (smoked salmon savory pancake with chocolate strawberry sweet pancake for dessert, yum). Then we collapsed and slept for about fifteen hours.

I woke up in the wee hours while E was still asleep and got some book work done (it was a working vacation for me). After breakfast, I needed to go back to bed for a nap while E went out and happened to find her youngest brother and his girlfriend in the market.

The next couple of days were a whirlwind of family visits and good food. We saw old friends and new apartments and some days we ate at roughly two-hour intervals. We played with the niece and nephews. In the moments in between, I kept on working on materials for the book. I was mostly assembling illustration recommendations, something that made me very glad to have the internet.

After a long and wonderful weekend in Oulu, we flew to Helsinki for the next part of our trip.

(I stupidly forgot to pack the camera for this trip, so I’m afraid there are no pictures to share.)

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