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Porvoo, Finland - 2nd April 2010

By: Delenna

Happy Easter!
Iloista pääsiäistä!

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Helsinki Fair Center, Finland - 25th April 2010

By: Delenna

My host had got a free ticket to the Child Fair which included also Pet Expo and Model Expo. Therefore we went there  :D
We just wandered around watching until my host found a place that gave away Moomin postcards for free! She did buy some stuff too, for her daughter's birthday. At the Pet Expo we just admired the cute pets and at the Model Expo we... well, there were the Star Wars people! And a grandma doing yarn the old way :)

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Moomin exhibition, Finland - 25th April 2010

By: Delenna

After the "triple Fair" we went to see a Moomin exhibition "The Great Adventure" at Päivälehti Museum. It was smaller than my host had expected but nice anyway - and she got more free Moomin postcards!

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Recycling Factory, Finland - 25th April 2010

By: Delenna

The third stop on our day in the capitol was the Recycling Factory event. It was awesome! I saw tons of fun & cool & amazing stuff people had made of--- well, crap  :cyclops: Even candy wrapping can be turned into small pouches!

There was also a section where people could bring their stuff (basically anything) for other people to take it. My host brought a few things but didn't take anything. She said next year she'll be here with a backbag of stuff - and a bigger budget  :D

Oh, wait, she didn't leave emptyhanded! There was also a table about Bookcrossing and my host took two books (one in English & one in Finnish) - and registered into bookcrossing.com in the evening. It was only fair as one of the bookcrossers got really inspired about us toyvoyagers!  :cyclops:

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Mother's Day, Finland - 9th May 2010

By: Delenna

Today we wish a happy Mother's Day to all mothers in the world!

These are the flowers kid usually pick for their moms on Mother's Day :)

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* Posted May 13, 2010, 6:05 pm Last edited May 13, 2010, 6:06 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 13th May 2010

By: Delenna

Today was such a warm and sunny weather that we decided to go for a bicycle ride and picnic! On our way we saw some firemen practising. That was cool  B)

Finally we stopped for Carelian pastries and juice. At that spot was also a bird watching tower where we climbed, of course. We saw tens of swans! My host said there usually is only a few couples but now there were tons more  :stare:

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Porvoo, Finland - 29th May 2010

By: Delenna

Yet another day of party in Finland :) I helped my host bake Ladybug cupcakes! She also made a cake with a Ladybug Hello Kitty on it. Can you guess the theme of this birthday party...  ;) My host also made balloon figures (not ladybug although she tried that) - dogs and fish mostly.

The weather was lovely and kids blew soap bubbles outdoors, ran back & forth, drew with chalks etc. Adults just sat indoors and drank coffee.  :rolleyes:

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Fallkulla, Helsinki, Finland - 8th June 2010

By: Delenna

It was a lovely day and we had a field trip planned  B) We visited a Domestic Animal Farm called Fallkulla in Helsinki.

Their website gives the following information
At Fallkulla you can get a taste of rural life in the middle of the city. You can see traditional farm animals: sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, hens, ducks, rabbits, cats and horses and help take care of them. Fallkulla Domestic Animal Farm is the only municipally owned youth centre in Finland where young people can take part in practical work with livestock.

Fallkulla is a popular destination for excursions. In addition to families, groups from day care centres, schools and homes for the elderly are among the many people who visit the farm each day. Sundays are reserved for families to see the animals. All in all, Fallkulla attracts over 40,000 visitors each year.


We did see many Finnish domestic animals, had a picnic and saw a "maitolaituri". That's translated as "milk platforms". My host explained that in the old days (1920- 1970) milk was left in big metallic "bottles" on a "maitolaituri" and dairy farms picked them up from there. The places were also popular places for youth to get together. Also mailboxes were ofteen situated on the side of the platform. There's even a museum for the milk platforms, Velaatta in Tampere!


PS. those are not real storks on the roof!

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* Posted Jun 11, 2010, 9:26 pm Last edited Jun 11, 2010, 9:28 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 24th June 2010

By: Delenna

We went to the city to play in a park that is bigger than the ones near my host. The park personnel had organized a small festival.
We got to put flowers on a "pole" (this has something to do with the swedish speaking Finns, they call it a "maypole"). There were different games to play - oh, and the fire trucks came and an ambulance and we got to see inside them! Then there was a chance to barbecue and all sorts of food! It was really fun  B)


Wikipedia says this about the Finnish Midsummer:
Before 1316, the summer solstice was called Ukon juhla, after the Finnish god Ukko. In Karelian  tradition, many bonfires were burned side by side, the biggest of which was called Ukko-kokko (the "bonfire of Ukko"). After the celebrations were Christianized, the holiday is known as juhannus  after John the Baptist (Finnish: Johannes Kastaja).

Since 1955, the holiday is always on a Saturday (between June 20 and June 26). Earlier it was always on June 24. A lot of the celebration of midsummer takes place on midsummer eve, when many workplaces are closed and shops have to close their doors at noon.

In the Finnish midsummer celebration, bonfires (Finnish kokko) are very common and are burnt at lakesides and by the sea. Often two young birch trees (koivu) are placed on either side of the front door to welcome visitors. Swedish-speaking Finns often celebrate by erecting a midsummer or maypole (Swedish midsommarstång, majstång).

In folk magic, midsummer was a very potent night and the time for many small rituals, mostly for young maidens seeking suitors and fertility. Will o wisps were believed to be seen at midsummer night, particularly to finders of the mythical "fern in bloom" and possessors of the "fern seed", marking a treasure. An important feature of the midsummer in Finland is the white night and the midnight sun. Because of Finland's location spanning around the Arctic Circle the nights near the midsummer day are short or non-existent. This gives a great contrast to the darkness of the winter time.

Many Finns leave the cities for Midsummer and spend their holiday in the countryside. Rituals include bonfires, sauna and spending time together. Heavy drinking is also associated with the Finnish midsummer.

Many music festivals of all sizes are organized on the Midsummer weekend. It's also common to start summer holidays on Midsummer day. For many families the Midsummer is the time when they move to the countryside to their summer cottage by the lake. Midsummerday is also the Day of the Finnish Flag. The flag is hoisted at 6 pm on Midsummer eve and flown all night till 9 pm the following evening.

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Porvoo, Finland - 8th July 2010

By: Delenna

It's been real hot! See, more than +32C in the shadow! And allmost +30C indoors as this house has absolutely no air condition  :stare:

When it finally started to rain (for about 15 min) it dropped about 5 degrees for a while. The raindrops were huge! The kids ran outside with their clothes on and started dancing in the rain  :D Like that didn't get them soaking wet they filled buckets with water and threw at each other  :p

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Tampere, Finland - 16th July 2010

By: Delenna

My host took me with her to the annual visit to Tampere, a city about 2h drive north/nothwest from Porvoo. First we attended a Postcrossing meetup in the city center. It was a mini meetup as there were only my host, her daughter and one other postcrosser... hey! Wait a minute! What about all us toyvoyagers and the Moomin characters of the other 'crosser?!? It was no mini meetup but a mega meetup!  B)

After the meetup we went for a refreshing swim in one of the lakes  :)


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Tampere, Finland - 17th July 2010

By: Delenna

One of the real reasons we came to  Tampere was Ankkaralli, a duck rally  :cyclops:  It's part of the urban city festival called Tammerfest.

4000 numbered rubber ducks were dropped in the lake and 60 fastest swimmers got prizes. People were able to "buy" certain ducks for 5 euros each. Our number didn't win anything but the money went to a good cause: the internationalization of students at Proakatemia.

If you have Flash Player 8 and JavaScript, then you should be able to watch this video of the event  ;)

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Porvoo, Finland - 21st July 2010

By: Delenna

Today would be Albert Edelfelt's (1854-1905) birthday. He's a famous artist who was born in Porvoo. He painted  over 220 paintings here. Today we visited his summer studio museum. They had organized an event for kids to celebrate AE's birthday. A character called Aunt Monika came to guide kids thru the scenery and paint with them. We checked out the atelier from the inside as well.

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Hämeenlinna, Finland - 11th September 2010

By: Delenna

Finally my host takes me somewhere! Although it was the postcard event I attended last year as well... This time was different as the postcrossers had a stand there too! They were telling people about the hobby and showing some of their received cards (which reminded my host to take pics of me with her cards, especially now that she bought new boxes for them).

We wandered around checking out the displays (we found one with Porvoo train station! That's old!) and cards for sale. As usual there was a man taking photos that were made into postcards - and many postcrossers were in 2 cards! Not my host though and that disappointed her a bit...

While the postcrossers sat down to sign XXX amount of cards I took a tour with my host's daughter (who got bored after the XX amount of cards), hence the photos of me with coffee mugs and cookies (they were tasty, yeas ;)B) She took more photos but I'm not as clear in the rest  ;)

After the signing operation and watching cancellation we walked to a restaurant for late lunch. It was a nice restaurant called Popino which is famous for its huge pizzas. Of course my host had to take pasta instead  :rolleyes: We had to wait for our food for quite a while but it was worth it. We tasted a bit of everything and got so full we could only glance at the dessert...

It was a fun trip! Just like last time  :D

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Porvoo, Finland - 20th September 2010

By: Delenna

My host was so pleased to get new boxes for her postcards that she made a photoshoot with them...  :rolleyes: So, here are Delenna's postcards in good (?) order. She has AU/NZ cards in the big red box, unused AU/NZ cards in the small red box, Finnish cards in the white/gold box, Kaj Stenvall cards in one tin candy box (with Porvoo on it) and "Things in 3"-collection in the other tin canby box. In the Lonely Planet Postcard "books" she has unused special cards like Totoro and cards she has made of her own photos (1 card of each set). The rest of her cards are in the big black box and in the box that is covered with pictures and stamps etc.

We added a pic of art her kids made (hama beads on cardboard) and Moomin house :) For no speacial reason  :p

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