Heather was invited to speak at a seminar in Finland, so we decided to make a vacation out of it. She went over a few days before me to do work stuff. She also, based on her pictures, drank a lot of coffee. She also spent some time with our friends Carina and Dan. The day I was landing in Helsinki it started snowing. It kept snowing all the next day as well, so we walked around Helsinki and enjoyed the snow.
After a quick diversionary trip to Sweden, we were back to explore a warmer, less snowy Finland. We took the Ferry out to Suomenlinna. Last time we were here, it was a crazy blizzard, so the rain made for a nice change of pace. They had a few Christmas events, including a cannon salute at noon to officially kick off the Christmas season.
The next day, Carina had to work, so Dan took us to the town of Fiskars, which is where the scissor company is from. They have a small museum about the history of the scissors, as well as many small art galleries and cute shops with locally made stuff. There is also Scandinavia's first Orvis, which is in a beautifully restored building.

Carina managed to get a little time off, so we went to explore the town of Porvoo, which is another cute little artist type community, which is all decorated for the holidays. Then it was one more wonderful dinner, a quick nap, and off to the airport for the flight home.

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Posted on 12/24/2008

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