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Ilomantsi, Finland - 22nd April 2012

By: mmm105

Hello mom,

I had a nice weekend. I was in a village named Ilomantsi, in North Karelia, Eastern Finland, visiting hostmom's parents and her godchild.

In Ilomantsi there's living about 5 000 people, and there's many sub-villages there. There's also the easternmost point of Finland, and the easternmost point of the continental European Union in Ilomantsi. This village located so east, that it shares about 100 km long border with Russia.

Well, here I am, in front of the house of  hostmom's parents.

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After long drive a car, we were so hungry. So, we decided to cook. And I was there helping to barbeque! Yummy!  :p

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There's sausages, beef, chicken and apple slices... :)

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...and offcourse some salad, too.

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...and for dessert BIG sized pancakes (in Finnish: lettuja).

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It was really good!!! And I ate a lot!!!  :p

After eating I had enough energy to help changing tires of the car. There's no need to use winter-tires anymore, it's already time to use summer-tires. :)

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That was little dirty work, so we all went to wash ourselves. Look, I am in the sauna. This is very Finnish thing.  B) There's so warm and relaxing!!! Awww!!! I'm in heaven!!! It's so nice to become clean again.

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Look mom, I met so many new friends!!! Many toys of hostmom's godchild came to meet us and play with us. It was really fun!  :D

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Look, I met other tiger there!  B) He is a white tiger.

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He gave me a hug!

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I was sailing!

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Others came, too!

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And we had a party!

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This instrument is kantele. It's the national instrument of Finland. More infos about kantele you can found for example from here: (click). I want to mention that kantele exist also in Finland's national epic Kalevala.

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Then hostmom showed me this village, Ilomantsi.

the main street

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the town hall of Ilomantsi

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a dog statue in the park

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lots of trees!

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pitkospuut (a way for pedestrians to be able to walk through the swamp)

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The small ladybug was our guide and she showed us places of Ilomantsi. We all followed her.

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The evangelic lutherian church of Ilomantsi. It has buildt in 1796.

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Some nice landscapes

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The lake is still frozen and there's snow on the ice.

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This is the swim hall of Ilomantsi.

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Spring is here! Look, those little soft round things in the branches, they are in Finnish pajunkissa.

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Awww! I'm chilling in the sun!  B)

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This place called Sankarihautausmaa. It's a cemetery for those people who fighted in war many many years ago on behalv of Finland. 

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Hostmom told that there was a storm last winter, and the wind was so strong that some of these big spruces fall down then. And guess what? I am sitting right now on the root of one of those fallen tree. It's quite big, isn't it?

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This is the orthodox church of Ilomantsi. It has buildt in 1892. It's the most biggest wooden orthodox church in Finland, and it is dedicated to the prophet Elijah.

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After long time for walking outside, I need some sleep.

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Love,
Sylvia
xxx

* Posted Apr 23, 2012, 9:34 pm Last edited Apr 24, 2012, 8:32 am by mmm105 [Quote] Go to the top of the page


 

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