Finland - Helsinki and Tampere
Going in the boat and one of the longest promenade shopping streets on deck
Arrival in Helsinki - statues and sculptures abound
We immensely enjoyed the workshop put on by Reiki Masters Marja Kiviaho and Jyrkki in Kangasala, Finland. Many people attended the event in the beautiful new community centre there. There was a scrumptious healthful lunch buffet in the community lunch room for all attendees. The Kangasala area is filled with glistening lakes and the shimmering bright green leaves of the birch trees. The continuous daylight close to midsummer's eve and the arctic circle made for a breathtaking nature experiences all along the way. Thank-you Finland!!
I would like to thank personally Marja and Jyrkki for their help with photos after I thought I lost all my digital images on my camera card. Miraculously, the lost photos turned up again in my camera card once I asked for help. Reiki works well in the computer world too !
Celebrating women's work in Tampere- The Atlas Girl made in 1954
Come to Finland and hurl a rubber boot.
The Finns say there is no better way to celebrate the short summer months than with contests that add a jolt of adrenaline and silliness to the bright summer.
Most of the 50 or so competitions that take place over the three summer months - many billed grandly as world
championships - started at summer fairs or as village affairs.
But today the top competitions can each attract about 10,000 people to the Nordic country annually to watch or join in, staggering across hurdles with their spouses clinging to their backs or diving headlong into ponds of mud after a soccer ball.
Some events are so popular - swamp soccer, wife-carrying and air guitar - they have prompted other nations to hold their own contests to select who will compete in Finland.