In Finland the longest night of the year / mid-summer-night / the eclypse
/ fète de la musique / (?!¿) is called juhanus (it's also the
day of the finnish flag). Together with christmas and the first of may juhannus
is one of the most important days of the finnish year.
... Originally, that day was invented for other reasons - but then it was re-invented
(or re-defined) to remind of the fact that most finnisch people are Protestants.
But that is somehow not the most important thing about juhanus any more I was
once again lucky - and celebrated juhanus just as it should be celebrated (thank!
you! so! much!):
The car packed with all kinds of solid and liquid supplies as well as the cat,
the cat's washroom and some mini-discothek we took of, just like almost everybody
else, heading direction north - to the woods - to a rather small hut (with sauna)
- to a lake.
Here we spent three wonderful days doing nothing - and not doing anything else.
In _t_h_e_ night we first visited some neighbours / friends / relatives in their
hut (at the lake - with sauna (at the lake!)) - and had to accomblish, that we
were a little late: the fire was already bunrt - a little bit. But there were
still some drinks to drink (Cideri [Cider] ja Olut [Beer]) and some things to
eat (Makara (Saucage (and not these small ones))) and the master of ceremony walked
through the fire - for us.
Now we took the rowing-boat and started our lake-trip - to visit a different fire
at a different location. Somewhere on that lake, behind some islands and some
... land-tounges?!¿ ... we found the expected fireplace - in the lake (on
the lake?!¿) on a (very!) small island. All around it there were Old and
Young in boats of the most different kinds. Loughing, yelling and singing - and
The very next day we had to travel back to Helsinki / Vallila - all along the
Elchs' whatch-fences ... and were probably seen by (at least) four elchs.
PS: Soon I'll post some tips and tricks on how to avoid mosquito bites... If you
know of any nice ones the please let
me know. Thank you!
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