Taylors in Finland

The Grand Adventure

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

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28-29 October 2001

29 October 2001
Monday 2100
Sunrise/sunset 0755/1609
High/low  2C/-2C (36F/28F)
Oulunsalo, Finland


We experienced our first real snow this year. Things that I will remember: when I looked out the window in the morning the ground was covered in snow, when I looked at the trees, snow was caught in the crooks of the branches, it was incredibly beautiful. As I was waiting for my bus and the traffic was whizzing by, it was neat to watch the fine powdery snow swirl around on the road.

Everyone was so excited, children and teachers alike talking about the first snow. Of course, the children started making snowballs right away. The teachers were saying did you see or how do you like the snow? As the sun came out and shown on the snow it looked as if the ground was covered with diamonds. Also when I had duty that day the sun was shining, I looked up to see a light powdery dust of snow falling; it looked like golden glitter coming down or fairy dust that Tinkerbelle had just thrown into the air.

Oh, on that first morning I was the first one to make footprints in the virgin snow as I was jogging to the bus. What a treat! Making the first footprints and listening to the crunch of the snow. Also it was so very quiet, except for my footsteps. As the week progressed and the snow continued, I loved looking at the trees now completely covered almost in a white ice. It reminded me of Christmas cards I have seen showing wintry scenes. It is a spectacular sight!

I am now wearing tights, silk underwear, wool socks, and boots with studs attached. The Finns definitely know I am a foreigner, but let me tell you, after the snow removal equipment scraps the snow clear it leaves a fine layer of ice. Now I know what black ice is, because as you walk along the path looks fine, but it is really covered with pure ice. So far so good, the studs are helping to keep me upright. (John the Finns have descriptions for twenty types of snow.)

Mary Ann

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Snow!! (3180)

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Street near our house. (3189)

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It warmed up, then cooled and now the street is an ice rink. (3178)

Last Update 2001 11 29

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