This is a picture of the cottage in Finland, where we spent the last week. The cottage is totally isolated, in a small Forrest, near a lake. In the previous week we spent in another cottage, also in Finland. This morning, I have returned home (and tomorrow return to work), and here are some fresh insights from Finland:
- There are almost 200,000 lakes in Finland; comparing to Israel, in which we have two (2) lakes, that we call each of them "sea", the dead sea is one of them.
- The local drivers are surprisingly obeying speed limitations much more than any other country I have seen so far.
- Sauna is an important part of the picture, we visited a place that has been prison until 16 years ago, and found out that even prisoners had right to use the sauna once a week; I tried using the sauna once, but I never liked sweating.
- The Finnish language is not similar to other Nordic languages, it sounds to me like Hungarian spoken in Italian accent, but this may be my own imagination.
- The summer in Finland ends roughly in August 10, we discovered that some of the attractions are already closed, since the summer (i.e. the summer vacation for schools) has gone. We succeed to visit the stone age village in Saarijarvi, thanks to the lady from the Saarijarvi tourist information that coordinated to open this site especially for us.
- I have used GPS in order to navigate, it brought us to the most deserted places, however, we found out that one needs to use GPS in Finland (and elsewhere) with a grain of salt, and when it directs you to a route that does not seem to you the intuitive way, prefer your own intuition.
- The most common "fast food" in Finland is Pizza.
- Overall -- great place for peace and quiet and nature walks, good for disconnect from civilization.