Yes! I’m in Finland! I came here for vacation for three weeks and it feels great to spend long enough time here for once. My trips are normally barely one week long and that just doesn’t leave enough time to relax, take it easy and do everything I want to do and meet everyone I want to meet.
The problem usually is that the US vacation times are pathetic. I still get only two weeks a year. Of course I then take unpaid vacation whenever I can, but never dared to ask consecutive three weeks. Sure it wasn’t easy. I had to go back and forth and eventually to the upper management (General Manager) and finally got my vacation. My supervisor probably hates me now, but I couldn’t care less. Family is more important.
Of course we had time to stop by Hullut Paivat (Crazy Days) at our fancier department store Stockmann for all the wonderful discounts and deals. But since I’m not allowed to buy more stuff (last move was madness) we bought only food, Karelian pies, 100% rye bread and many other delicacies that I’ll introduce to you later on.
My mom keeps the yard always so nice and I just learned that they planted Sea Buckthorn bushes in their yard (not pictured)! I need to be here next August-September when the berries come out. Buckthorn is a superfood that has the biggest concentration of vitamin E than any other plant. Sea Buckthorn berries also contain tons of vitamins C, A and K as well as many B vitamins. Previously, it had been assumed that no plant contains a significant amount ofvitamin B12, but recently it has been found that Sea Buckthorn not only contains all the B vitamins, its vitamin B12 content is as high as in liver. That’s great news for vegans and vegetarians! Source
Also souvenir shopping is almost done. I love the Moomins!