I recently travelled to Finland with a group of friends on a rather spontaneous whim. To shed a little light, one of these friends is a Fin. The plan was to visit his homeland, spend a few days at his parents summer-house and meet some of his old friends. Great, I get some culture and I get to expand my social circle. Win/win. There was supposed to be four of us leaving from Stockholm on a gloomy thursday morning, until we received a message from member number 4 stating that they had overslept after a night of drinking. We had barely begun to mourn before we were hit with another sms stating that he had bought a plane ticket for the next flight and would meet us there. That was dedication to the cause if I ever saw it.
The flight was just long enough to get in a quick power nap, take a few obligatory cloud photographs, then admire the view as we circled and landed in Helsinki. We took a scenic stroll through the city, taking in the architecture and noting the similarities when compared with some parts of Stockholm. After some time spent under the gaze of the sun we stopped at a grocery store to get a few supplies then headed to a beautiful park (See: Esplanadi) to relax and soak up the view whilst we waited for our fourth compadré. Time quickly passed and we moved on to our next destination – the Cathedral. A popular tourist spot, and the perfect place to park ourselves and enjoy another view for a while.
Eventually we received word that our friend had landed and went off to meet him based on a vague set of instructions that may or may not have consisted of “I’m near some giant balls”. Fast forward a few hours and we’re in a friend of our friends RV, heading towards the summerhouse whilst enjoying our pre-made playlist and a bunch of card games.
Several naps and stops later we reached the Hartola area, and (what felt like) took the RV off-road into the forest to find the elusive summerhouse.
— At this point I feel like I’m just droning on. Essentially a lot of alcohol was consumed, alongside lots of snacks and a great deal of time spent in a sauna. Thanks to Jeremias, Michael, Thomas, Pirita, Toffe and Op for making my first trip to Finland a very memorable one. Kippis.