FINLAND FROM SOUTH TO LAPAN
I know Finland like the back of my hand. I have studied and worked in Finland, I speak Finnish and I understand the Finnish mentality. Maybe my enthusiasm is over the top, but I always felt it was a country that was very close to me. I feel good there. I like to go back to my favorite places, which include the west coast of the Gulf of Bothnia near Vaasa. The Kvarken archipelago consists of 5,600 islands. You can see moraine there, stone mounds formed by glacial activity- freezing and defrosting continental ice sheets over 10,000 years ago. The archipelago keeps rising from the sea at an unusually high speed, so you will find huge rounded stones in the many gardens of the islands and the coast that were lying in the sea a few hundred years ago.
Most often I visit Helsinki. It is a modern city known as the town of design. I regularly visit the Marimekko, Pentik, Artek stores to see and get to know what’s trendy today. Once in a while I will also visit the nearby island of Suomenlinna, find a quiet corner, sit on the rocks and watch the sea teeming ferries and boats.