Silence and beauty

Finland is a country of astonishing beauty, a beauty that is never too far away. Two and half hours from Helsinki, (plus an additional two and half hour train delay), we find ourselves far from the city and in the depth of farming country anticipating Christmas. It’s quiet, the few people that pepper the landscape are too far away to be heard - mere dots of light in the night. Snow and ice blanket the landscape as far as the eye can see.

Blanket is an apt word, it’s now -23oc. Tonight’s prospect is -27oc. Brrrr – but wait! Hot glögi and piparkakku, a fireplace roars in one room and a leivinuuni radiates a gentle heat in the kitchen. It’s warm and cosy inside.

In the immortal words of George Takei “Oh myyy.”

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