Taylors in Finland

The Grand Adventure

Mary Ann's Fulbright Exchange to Oulu, Finland
August 2001 - June 2002



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15-19 October 2001

19 October 2001
Friday 2100
Sunrise/sunset 0823/1744
Low/high 4°C/7°C (41°F/45°F)
Oulunsalo, Finland

Hi everyone,

On Tuesday, October 16th, we experienced our first professional ice hockey game. We meet Heikki Soini, the third grade teacher at my school, for a quick dinner at a restaurant in Oulu. We would never have known this little Italian restaurant was there, if Heikki hadn’t showed it to us. One door at street level with a discrete sign above the door. After pizza, we drove near to and then walked to the stadium. It was the Oulu vs. Hameenlinna; Oulu was 12th and Hameenlinna 6th in the rankings at that time. The crowd was pretty quiet at first, but as the game progressed they became much more vocal. The game had to go into overtime and still ended in a tie. I was amazed at the speed of the players. The Finnish players didn’t seem to have as much physical contact as I remember watching American ice hockey on television. It was great listening to Heikki’s commentary on what the players were doing well or on what they should be doing. He has played serious ice hockey since he was a youth but needed to stop playing two years ago due hip problems.


On Wednesday, October 17th, the first and two second grade classes went on a field trip to the International Children’s Concert. There were musicians from Africa, an international choir sang songs from around the world and children performed international dances. It was wonderful watching the children dance and the audience was invited to join in on some of the songs.


On Thursday, October 18th, we met Outi and her friend Sami, for dinner in Oulu. They showed us another restaurant that was hidden away. I would go back there for the wonderful almond paste delicacy we had for dessert. After dinner we went to Tuomiokirkko, Cathedral of Oulu, for a concert by the monks of the Novospassky Monastery of Moscow. What a fabulous choir in such a lovely setting.

Mary Ann

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Our first professional ice hockey game.  (2990)

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International Children's Concert. (3025)

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Oulu school children performing. (3047)

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International choir. (3033)

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Tuomiokirkko, the Cathedral of Oulu Cathedral, from Pikisaari island. (2262)


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