|Timo & Petra|
This is the summer solstice marking the the longest day and shortest night of the year. This holiday culminates in a large bonfire at midnight. It was preceded by everyone taking a sauna, an integral part of life in Finland. We also attended a flag raising ceremony at a local full time resident's gorgeous estate.
The next day, I was taken on a boat ride on one of the 187,888 lakes in Finland larger than 5 ares (500 square metres). We also rode in a Volkswagen Phaeton around central Finland.
They tell me that the mosquitos are not bad this year, but I found them voracious. I guess the few lakes in Finland provide a breeding ground for them.
I am extremely fortunate to have such kind and welcoming friends to share their lives and culture with me. I apolojize for being so very poor at speaking the Finnish language.