I made it to Finland!! My family stayed in the cutest blue cottage out in the country. We had a good chunk of down time here which was nice. We were in a nice relaxing place. We were right next to the lake and so we went row boating, hiking and nature exploring… It was all so fun. Around our cottage there were a whole bunch of raspberries and of course we picked some. While the rest of my family picked them and put them in their bucket, I picked them and ate them (sorry family, they were just really good).
One of the days here in Finland, I went to the grocery store with my family. I had an interesting experience I want to tell you about. But first here’s a little side story.
SIDE STORY: Ok. I have noticed myself in the last few years that when I go out with my friends or sometimes even with my family, I tend to “hide” when we pass little kids. I don’t know if hide is the right word but I definitely make some effort to avoid being noticed. I don’t like when my friends or even my family notices that I’m being stared at. I’ve had experiences in the past to where I was with my friends and little kids have called me “scary” or “freaky” or kids ask me “what’s wrong with your face?” It definitely bugs me because I hate being “center of attention.” Now, they are little kids who don’t know better so IT’S OK! I probably wouldn’t know what to say either if I was them. I’d have to imagine these kind of situations make the kids parents (and my friends) uncomfortable. Whether or not this is true, I know I’m left in an uncomfortable spot. With this in mind, I went to a store here in Finland with my family. There were about 4 other families in this small store and all of them had kids. I was by myself in an isle and I felt totally uncomfortable because there were three families with kids that were just staring at me. I wanted to run out of the store, but at the same time I didn’t because I didn’t want to run away from the problem. I’ll tell the truth, I got a little emotional! I didn’t really know what to do because everyone was staring at me. After we left, I got over it kind of fast. But I told myself, that I’m not going to let this experience wreck me. It’s all ok. And I want people to know that when little kids say things that aren’t so nice, I understand. I also understand that it can be uncomfortable for my friends and the parents of the child.
BACK TO MY TIME IN FINLAND: In Finland, there is this thing known as the “Finnish Sauna Ritual.” You get in the sauna for a long period of time until you sweat. Then you run and jump in the lake! The lake was FREEZING!! But it was way fun.
My family hiked a trail that was about 20 minutes from where we were staying. It was a neat neature hike! We found so many kinds of mushrooms!! And they were LEGIT cool mushrooms! One of them was the red mushroom with white dots. I never knew those were real! There were ones that looked like pancakes, and there were flat, purple mushrooms, and there were some other cool ones. Our last day in Finland, we stayed in Helsinki. We mainly walked around a food market and got food. ;) We found some really good crepes and Belgian waffles. Lol. They were really really good. But we didn’t spend too much time out there. It was kind of cold. Helsinki was a cool city but it wasn’t one of my top favorites.
The next day we attended a church meeting. Then after church we went to this really cool rock church. It’s a church that was built out of this really big rock. It was pretty neat! That night we got on a cruise ship to head to Estonia! The rooms we stayed in were such tight space but it worked and it was awesome! Luckily we got two for our family. ;) A grand buffet came with our ticket so we kind of ate our hearts out on this cruise. Lol. It was tasty stuff. hehe. Finland was awesome and I definitely give my experience here a thumbs up. And now we made it to Estonia…