Tuesday, October 17, 2006

News from Salikon

Hello again!
Rain I've spent the last couple of weeks in southern Finland in a city called Tampere. My host Kreeta and I have spent most of the time sitting inside and drinking tea, because the weather has been abysmal, as you see. I'm thinking that the reason that Finland has so many lakes is the fact that it rains so much. Certainly all this rain has filled at least couple of new lakes. My host promised that if she finds any new ones, she'll call one of them "Lake Kiwi".
I spent some time learning Finnish as well. Now I know how to say "hello, I'm a traveller from New Zealand", "it sure is rainy here", "do you sell raincoats?", "will this rain ever end!"* and some other useful phrases, in case my travels take me back to Finland at some point.
Then one morning we woke up to silence. No rainrops hitting the window and no wind wailing in the corners. Mind you, the wather still wasn't the incredibly beautiful and clear autumn weather my host had been talking about, but it was a nice change anyway.
For a while, it didn't rain

The white building on the right is where my host studies. It looks like a banana from air. She tells me that her previous school looks like the letter M from air. Finnish architecture is interesting.
TravellersI met up with some other travellers at the shop my host works at. If I remember right, the cats are from Bangladesh and the elephants from India. I had always thought that elephants would be bigger, maybe the perspective's a litte off in the photo.
We had a lot of fun comparing our travel stories. The cats had come to Finland via Netherlands and had some great stories to tell from there. I can't wait to get there myself!
On my last day here I met the world-famous Moomin Troll, who apparently had spent his summer somewhere sunny, judging from his tan. Moomin was hanging out near his museum where we also went, but as photographing there is forbidden, I haven't got any photos of that. It was great to have Moomin himself introducing the exhibition to us, you can hardly find anybody more knowledgeable of all things Moomin.
A local celebrity

Today my host is going to interview a German painter called Gesine Kikol. As most of her recent works feature dead birds, I think it's safer that I leave Tampere before that meeting. My next stop will be in Germany, Deutschland, ich komme!
Pusuja ja haleja (that's Finnish for "kisses and hugs"),
Kiwi

* The phrases are, respectively: "hei, olen matkailija Uudesta-Seelannista", "onpa tddlld sateista", "myydddnkv tddlld sadetakkeja?" and "eikv tdmd sade ikind lakkaa?". You can hear the pronounciation by going to Mikropuhe Live, pasting the text in the typing field and clicking "Kuuntele puhe".

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