Most of all I miss my friends and family.
A couple of days ago I talked to my friend Kristiina on the phone for like two hours, even though it was the middle of the night her time and she had to get up early for work that morning. That night I kept scrolling trough the pictures she sent me of my last year in Finland, which incidentally was the year we became friends. I stayed up until one in the morning reminiscing about our adventures.
Kristiina trying to be anonymous. Good luck.
Aino in front of our home where we first moved together in 2003. This place bound all of us to each other at various times.
We had so much fun. Even though it was in some respects the longest, saddest, year of my life, while I waited for my visa to come, all plans and hopes on hold, it was also, thanks to these beautiful girls the most girl-tastic, crafty, adventurous tea-drinking time I've ever had; and I'm going to share it with you here.
For instance; we had a old ladies knitting club. Not a stich 'n bitch, but a refined sewing circle of young ladies. It wasn't about producing stuff, it was about the tea, the treats, the conversation. We even had a member who never crafted.
Here we are munching on some tea and treats Kristiina brought from her Asian adventures.
We went sledding whenever the opportunity presented itself. Which was maybe thrice that year.
Like all girls we skipped rope.
We had birthday parties at the Winter Gardens.
We dressed up for Mayday garden brunches.
As a-matter-of-fact, national holidays, were very important to us. When we weren't having formal Independence Day parties, we celebrated Sommer Solstice. At least twice.
These pics are from the original event, in a beautiful tiny cabin in the country, where we walked in the midnight sun, made crazy pancakes and read Moomin Midsummer Madness out loud.
Kristiina and I wore our traditional folk-costumes.
Kristiina took very W_R-ey pictures of her feet.
We gardened at Kristiina's allotment plot, in a little valley by the sea, that always seemed sunny in spite the rainy summer.
There were trips to our hometowns.
Here we are on top of a view-point near Hämeenlinna. Aino and I are wearing awesome Russian Tourist-hats.
These are my mom's cabin near Suonenjoki. We sauna-ed in the smoke sauna, sledded to buy milk, made pancakes and slept in the attic, like girls in old kid's books.
For a going-away-party these guys even organized an awesome all-day celebration for me, which they cleverly named Milla-day.
Olga being an extreme cutie-pie. Her hair is changes with the seasons.
My favorite Finnish treat. Yum. I have to make these. Traditionally they go hand-in-hand with a national sledding-day. There's something sweet about a country that has a national sledding day.
The cutest little mama's boy.
Kristiina reading another chapter of Moomin Midsummer Madness in the library reading tent.
Life with these guys was an adventure, and while my life has become an even bigger adventure with my trusty partner, I miss the whimsy and calm these girls brought in to my daily-life. I have made many new wonderful friends, but no matter how far apart we are, these old friends are close to my heart.
Here's looking at you kids.