UP UP and away

I know I sound like a skipping record or CD but Thesis has been behaving well. Like all great things, she is making me work for her affection. Slowly but surely, it is paying off. As a result, my grammar and spelling mistakes have decreased slightly and I write longer emails to my friends. Anyway that was an unnecessary digression.

Because, I am progressing well in my studies and my birthday passed without me realizing it, a friend of mine decided to give me a treat; to give me a whole new perspective on life so to speak.

Here it is….

Hot air balloon

Picture by JG.

The company that organises the flights have been in business since 1989 and according to them, they have 100% safety and injury free record. Not bad for a 20 something year old company. It only operates during the summer and if the weather is good, I suggest you give them a call. I will give you details at the end of the post.

So back to the perspective… I got a better look at the city and its surroundings. So I give you what I could capture during the one hour of flight.

Jyväskylä from the north

Jyväskylä from the north… I never noticed all those lakes.

Best way to beat traffic at anytime

Best way to beat traffic at anytime.

If you look closely, there is a moose in the picture.... Safari experience.

If you look closely, there is a moose in the picture…. Safari experience.

That yellow reflection in the water keeps following me...

That yellow reflection in the water keeps following me…

Even at this height, your shadow is your reliable companion.

Even at this height, your shadow is your reliable companion.

Steady and experienced hand at work. Plus he is a really nice guy.

Steady and experienced hand at work. Plus he is a really nice guy.

What I see when I look up... not much

What I see when I look up… not much.

When we landed, we had a small drink to celebrate yet another successful flight. Kippis or Cheers or Skol

When we landed, we had a small drink to celebrate yet another successful flight. Kippis or Cheers or Skol.

The company’s website is http://www.aeronaut.fi/. It is in Finnish and the other option is Russian but if you send them an email in English (email address is at the bottom of the home page) or call them, they can assist you.

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Juhannus

Thesis Thesis Thesis… has been the reply to anyone who asks me what I have been up to for the past three to four months. Explains my absence and apart from that, my silence.

Since that is the  best excuse I could think of, I am happy to announce that mid-summer came and went (Still not yet done with Thesis). It is a special time in Finland where shops close, cities are deserted and  interesting traditions occur. For example: If you are a fair maiden who has been unsuccessful in find a worthy groom, go out pick some flowers, put them under your pillow and dream about that future life partner (Only works for ladies, sorry guys) and it will come true. For both ladies and gents, there is the staring into a well and the image of the betrothed will appear. I haven’t had luck that. Any other suggestions, put them in the comment section.

Normal things that happen during mid-summer or Juhannus are going to a cabin with friends and/or family, putting some sausages (makkara) on a hot fire and having a drink or two. Sauna and swimming in the nearby lake is of course part of the package. This is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and if you are as high up as Lapland, the sun does not go below the horizon. Birds go a bit crazy with no darkness, but that is another story.

To enjoy yourself, step 1. Put some sausages on the fire. If you are a vegetarian there are soya sausages. Plus grilling anything is fine.

Food

Food

Step 2… Have something warm as the evening draws near. Caffiene to keep you up the rest of the night.

Step 3: Kick back, relax, chat with friends or just dreamily look out over the water.

Step 4: There is a tradition of lighting a bonfire (Kokko) near a lake shore. Believe it or not, the fire in the picture is actually 4 metres high.  It also happens during the Easter period. This depends on which part of Finland you are in.

Step 5: Watch it burn. It was beautiful (Am not a pyromaniac).

Enjoy your summer holidays!!!