Sunrise in Finland

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I was able to see the sunrise this morning. These pictures are a sort of time-lapse of it. Note how the sun rises in the last few pictures, at an angle.


Holiday in Ylläs and Looking Ahead


A few weeks ago, my host family and I, as well as a couple other families went to Ylläs in Lapland for our winter holiday. Ylläs is one of the few places in the world that has fells, known as “tunturi” in Finnish. They are larger than hills, but smaller than mountains. I thought they were very cool. We were gone for a week. We skied and hiked for the most part. At the cabin, we played games, cooked sausages, and socialized. Here are some pictures:

One of the main reasons I wanted to come to Finland was to see what it was like. This line of thought directed and inspired my actions here for many months. However, as we returned from Lapland, I realized that I have seen most of what there is to see in my current position here in Kajaani. I have essentially done what I came here to do. Since this is the case, I have decided to switch my focus from learning, and focus more on just living here for my last months. I have a number of things I can work on. Perhaps most interesting for me at the moment is designing things. It’s rather fun. Now, although I will take my focus off of learning, that is not to say that I will stop taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves in the next few months. I am looking for some good and productive last few months here.

Have a great day!