Taylors in Finland

The Grand Adventure

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

Photo Album

Oulu Fulbright Get-together
16-17 March 2002



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Trees along the highway between Kemi and Rovaniemi. Now I know where Christmas card artists start. (3175)

David stops so Lori can take photos of the frosted trees. (3176)

The trees almost look like sugar frosting and they should be on a Christmas cake. (3177)

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Sunlight through the trees is almost magical. (SC11)

Perhaps I'll see Santa Claus around the next corner. (3178)

The distinctive roof of the Artikum Museo. The building crosses below the nearby road. (3179)

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We have arrived, just as the museum opens for the day. (AO04)

Ceiling in the entry way to museum. (3181)

Jennifer (reading the sign), Dave, Rheda, Marie-Camille and Mary Ann. (3182)

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Marie-Camille and Elisabeth. (3185)

Lori heading down to the main floor. (3186)

Elisabeth studying one of the hieroglyph stones. (3188)

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Sami mask. (3190)

Seeing this bear jump makes me glad I am not a seal. (3191)

Hard to imagine all of that could make the leap. Wildlife protection laws of the last twenty years have let the polar bear population rebound. (3194)

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Looking through the two-story end of the museum onto the river. Look carefully in the center pane and you will see a man and his dog. (3198)

The glass ceiling makes the museum feel very open. (3200)

An example of the Sami of Lapland fine dress. (SamiPC18)

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An example of the Sami of Lapland fine dress. (SamiPC19)

Front row: Mary Ann, Marie-Camille, John and Jennifer. Back row: Rheda, Elisabeth, Lori and Dave. One of the quicker photos we posed for since the front row was sitting on very cold ice!. (3207)

We have all crossed the Arctic Circle. Dave is pointing out where we are on the globe. (DH05)

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Dave is thinking of applying for the flying Santa job. (DH03)

The faithful Volvo has delivered us to the LumiLinna (Snow Castle) in Kemi. (3215)

Snow Castle is right. And it was as cold as an iceberg in the North Atlantic. (3220)

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One of the corner towers with a view to the top of the Gulf of Bothnia. (3219)

David, Lori, Marie-Camille and Jennifer at the ticket booth. Probably the warmest place at LumiLinna since they had a heater inside! (3221)

Elisabeth and Mary Ann. (3222)

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Rheda (blue cap) is patiently waiting to buy her ticket. (3223)

David is on the hot seat! (3224)

John and Mary Ann trying to get warm at the fire pit. (3225)

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The chapel at the Snow Castle. The "pews" are covered with mats of twigs and reindeer hides. (3227)

You can stay overnight but you would have to be pretty hot stuff to stay warm enough! (3230)

One of the bedrooms. "Chill out" would have real meaning here. I wonder if housekeeping has electric blankets? (3236)

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Mary Ann checks out one of the two bars in the castle. All of the furniture is solid ice. (3233)

Another bar at the Snow Castle. (SC15)

Ice sculptures in the bar. (SC14)

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Checking out the second floor. (3234)

Lori with two of the hotel's costumed staff. (3237)

Relaxing back at the house.. (SC16)

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Lori and David are glad to be at home where it's warm and not in the bar of the Snow Castle. (SC17)

Elisabeth and Jennifer. (SC18)

Rheda relaxing. (SC19)

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Sunday morning and we are on our way to visit Kari Salin's children's school ice fishing contest. (3240)

Kari and his snow mobile. Since the weather has warmed up this was probably the last day he could use it this year. (3241)

Rheda and Dave check out the bay while Mary Ann starts to walk out to the ice fishing holes. (3244)

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The school's camp fire. Marie-Camille is on the far left and Kari on the far right. (3245)

Lori watches on as Marie-Camille chats with Kari. (3246)

Elisabeth hangs on as Kari starts the snow mobile. (3250)

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Kari Salin drilling a fishing hole. (SC21)

Checking out one of the fishing holes Kari just drilled. (3251)

And this old dog can learn a new trick! (SC24)

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Rheda talks with one of the mothers. (3252)

A "students only" fishing hole. (3254)

Testing one of the fishing holes. (3255)

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Elisabeth gives ice fishing a try. (3257)

The two closest children are Kari and Maarit Salin's, our neighbors. (SC22)

Marie-Camille, Elisabeth, Maarit Salin watching the children try their skills at ice fishing. (SC23)

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Off goes Marie-Camille for her ride while Mary Ann and I start back to the shore. (SC27)

Rheda gets set for a ride. Please forgive my glove in the photo. (3260)

We're at Marjo's kindergarten. Rheda, Mary Ann and Marjo Isotalus listen to Pertti (just out of the photo to the right). (3267)

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Kalle and Ossi do this everyday so they don't need to listen to Pertti - they know the daily routine. (3289)

Rheda, Pertti, Marjo, Mary Ann while Ossi "poses" for the camera. (3304)

Marjo and one of the daily activity boards for the children. (3307)

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Mary Ann and Rheda at the Oulu English Speaking Classes. Rheda just caught me taking the picture. (3321)

Rheda talks about New Mexico with the sixth grade class while Pirjo Thompson and Mary Ann listen. (3326)

Rheda talks with Heikki Soini and his third grade class. (3340)

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Maryvonne Sillanpää and Jenni Rees of the Parents Association decorate for Easter. (3352)


Photos DH## courtesy of David and Lori Heintz. Thank you.


Last Update 2002 04 14

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