Taylors in Finland

The Grand Adventure

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



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23 February - 1 March 2002

23 February, Saturday
Sunrise/sunset 0751/1712
Hi/low 27° F / 23° F (-3° C/ -5° C)

John and Kari Salin, next-door neighbor, went bowling. (John - since neither of us has bowled very much we had a great time as we were not trying to set any league records. In fact, we managed a few strikes.)


Dinner with the Rees family

We spent a lovely evening with the Rees’ family. We enjoyed looking at the pictures of their summer trip to Lapland and Norway. It got us excited about planning our trip next June to Scandinavia.  We just found out that we got our timeshare reservation for Are, Sweden, for the week beginning 15 June. It will be a base for us to visit both Sweden and Norway. Trondheim, Norway is about 100 miles west.

John – unfortunately that means we have to find lodgings on Midsummer Night, 22 June, a major celebration.


28 February 2002, Thursday
Sunrise/sunset 0733/1729
Hi/low 29° F / 14° F (-2° C/ -10° C)


Ski Races at Auranmaja

Our school had another outing to Auranmaja.  Those who had not signed up spent their time sliding down a snow hill or playing in the snow. The children who wanted to participate in cross-country ski races used different tracks to ski, depending on their grade level.  After the races were over we had lunch and then the children and many teachers skied the cross-country trails just for fun.  The children and teachers all had a wonderful day.


Evening concert

This was a full day. When we returned to school the teachers had a meeting until 1600. Then in the evening John and I met Pirjo Thompson, and her son Taylor, for a concert at the Symphony hall in Oulu.  The orchestra was conducted by Marc Tardue and the evening’s program included the soloist, Reka Szilvay on the violin. The composers featured were Vasks, Hayden and Tchaikovsky.  It was a lovely way to conclude a busy day.


1 March 2002, Friday
Sunrise/sunset 0730/1732
Hi/low 25° F / 5° F (-4° C/ -15° C)

Our last day of school before our Ski Week was very thrilling for the children;  we had an awards assembly in which gold, silver and bronze metals were awarded to the winners of the races and participation certificates given to all of the children.

Mary Ann

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And Kari rolls a strike! (2886)

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Mary Ann helps the students with their race numbers. (2894)

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Hazel Williams and a friend, waiting for the races to begin. (2906)

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Mary Ann and Kate Munro (Kate claims she is camera shy!). (2914)

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Tiina is recording times, Raimo is checking on his students, Mary Ann is announcing and Heikki is prompting and recording times. (2919)

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Maija, a teacher's assistant, is watching the students at the finish line. (2922)

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Waiting for the finishers. You can see some children playing on the hill in the distance. (2923)

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The last hundred meters is the toughest, but the cheering section is just behind the camera. (2929)

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The cafeteria - organized chaos - as the children get their school lunches. Even on a field trip the lunches are prepared for the special dietary needs of the students. (2933)

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Tiina, Mary Ann and Paula. (2938)

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The non-ski race students enjoying the hill. The fact it snowed the entire time we were there did not bother them at all. (2945)

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Races over - getting ready for the bus ride back to school. (2951)

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The ski race awards ceremony, held the following day. (2958)

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Cross-country ski lessons on the school yard for P.E. (2960)


Last Update 2003 11 14

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