05.03.2006 -8 °C
The time has come for me to leave this beautiful city, but I have made a resolution that I will be back. I have done so many awesome things Skating on the lake was amazing. Here they treat the frozen lake as a park, we went on both Saturday and Sunday and there were people everywhere. People walking their dogs, teaching their children how to ski, taking their pram for a skate, riding their bikes. Its huge, and the skating track goes for about 4kms. People didn't just stick to the tracks though, they covered the entire lake.
For the cars and bicycles Elina told me that there are special winter and summer tyres. On cars it is illegal to drive with the wrong one because the winter ones have little spikes on them. I guess its dangerous in winter and the winter tyres ruin the roads in summer. The roads are just ice at the moment which makes for some wild corners...particularly when Jallu is driving.
We went tobogganing last night too. It was the most fun ever! Walking up the hill was tough but the thrill of coming down was worth it. Elina and I made a heavy toboggan and we came down very quickly. My eyes were streaming. It was awesome! We were too fast for the camera! Mine anyway...its a little slow.
We also had a finnish sauna. That was really good, really hot....and then Elina had me walk on the snow with my bare feet. Twice!
Unfortunatly I now need to go and repack as this arvo I'm off to London where I will be seeing Bryce which I'm looking forward to. Finland has been a fantastic place and Elina a brilliant host. I hope the rest of my trip can live up to this experience