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Walking on water

We went for a walk down by the harbor yesterday.  We ended up walking over the harbor:

Our route "by" the harbor yesterday

At some point, we realized we were actually on the sea.  It’s kind of hard to tell when the ice is covered in snow!  We figured, there were a bunch of others out there walking and skiing and snowmobiling, so surely it’s safe.

However, when you see spots like this, you get a little worried:

But then we came across a cleared track for ice skating (I assume), and it made me feel much better.

The docks were empty, of course, except for three boats.  I’m thinking this cannot be good for a boat…

There’s a lookout tower at the harbor that looks out over the sea and archipelago, but it’s only open in July.

Looking out over the sea (also my new blog header - did you notice the change?)

A hole cut out the ice by a private dock, likely for avantouinti

 

(I’ll be announcing the winner of the travel contest soon, along with our travel plans – I haven’t forgotten about you!!)

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Spring Fever?

The last week has been moderately warmer…not 70° warmer, but it’s been hovering around the freezing point.  Actually, although it sounds great that it’s been getting above freezing, it’s actually been a bad thing – a high of 2C means things start melting, but the overnight low of -2C means everything refreezes.  It’s a lot easier to walk on frozen snow than on ice.  I’ve caught myself several times over the last week saying, “Oh, good, fresh snow,” because at least with fresh snow on the ground, you gain some traction.

Yesterday it actually got up to a whopping 39F, and the streets are really clear.  The sidewalks are hit or miss – those getting more sun are nearly dry, those getting less sun are great for ice skating.

Warmer weather and sun means *some* of the sidewalks are actually clear!

Today, the wind is crazy strong, literally rattling the rafters in the building we’re in.  Once, while out walking today, the wind actually pushed me across the ice.  I’m not kidding.  Crazy strong.  But the sun is bright, and everything is melting, and the streets were busier than I’ve ever seen them (in my whole three weeks here).  People out driving, biking, walking, a busy grocery store, and a jam-packed cafe – that’s what I saw while I was out today.

Of course, just like with every early warm snap, a hard freeze isn’t far behind.  After tomorrow, the weather forecast has us not getting above freezing for a week, with lows down to -12C.

The funny thing is, I’ve been getting really warm on my daily walks lately – sweating under my jacket, and even taking off my gloves and hat because I’m too hot.  I guess I’ve acclimated a little.

A bright moon

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It’s not like it’s freezing…except that technically, it is…

I am not a cold-weather kind of girl.  I am not one of those people who believes you can always put more clothes on when it’s cold, but there’s only so much you can’t take off when it’s hot.  I would far prefer to be in Texas in August (and I’ve spent many summers there, so I know exactly what that means) than in Alaska in January.  Sometimes, there are not enough clothes.  And certain parts will always be cold.  I would rather be hot.

So the fact that I’m moving to Finland, the northern half of which sits inside the Arctic Circle, is not something I ever anticipated.    Even after living in Colorado, I really have no expectations about the weather in Finland. 

Everyone thinks it’s so cold in Colorado, but it’s really not – at least, not in Denver.  It can be cold, don’t get me wrong – but so can Dallas and Charlotte and even Miami.  The wonderful thing about Denver is, it’s cold, it snows, and then it’s sunny and in the 50’s again.  Snow piled up six feet in the parking lot, but you’re walking into the grocery store in short sleeves.

Finland is another story.  It stays cold.  And dark.  For months at a time.  At least, that’s what it looks like – ask me again next Spring, when I know for sure.  Where we’ll be moving, on the West Coast of Finland, the average high/low in January is 27/18(F).  So yes, it’s cold, although not as cold as I expected.  I keep saying, “It’s not like it’s freezing,” but, of course, it is.  But I expected it to be around 0, and it’s not.  Heck, one day a couple of weeks ago, it was actually colder in Charlotte than it was in Helsinki – so, yeah, not as bad as you would think (although the high tomorrow in Pori is 11F).

However, we are well aware that we need winter weather gear.  I very specifically asked my family for some warm accessories for Christmas – scarves, sweaters, etc.  I also expected to get some stuff from others…but I didn’t realize there would be so much.

I got long john’s, and scarves, and gloves, and fingerless mittens, and a down comforter.  Hubster got a bunch of stuff, too.  I joked that I wanted to put on everything  we got and take a picture of us.

Long underwear, leg warmers, gloves, fingerless mittens, a couple of scarves, a couple of big sweaters, and some Strike a Fire Anywhere

Everyone else is more freaked out over the cold than I am.  Which is odd, considering my aforementioned (I love that word) aversion to the cold.  My friend geauxgirl realizes she’s probably going overboard.  “But I’m just freaking out that you’re gonna be cold.”

We probably will be.  But that’s part of the adventure!

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