When I started talking to Finland Tourism about coming to Finland I asked if I could spend a few days in Tampere which I heard was called the Manchester of the North because it also came from an industrial history.
Michael from Go See Write also wanted to come along as well and it was nice to visit a city with a friend.
Apparently it’s the outdoors.
I learned there is a humorous phrase in Finnish for when you spend too much time outside – fresh air poisoning. It is mostly used by kids who want to stay inside or lazy people like me who prefer to stay away from doing anything too strenuous, especially in the cold.
But today I got a taste of it and I actually liked it!
Although we were supposed to go skating on an open lake it was too warm so instead we went snowshoeing. Oddly as a I Canadian I’ve never been snowshoeing. Snowshoeing ended up being much easier than I realized and it was really nice to get outside. Fresh air isn’t such a bad thing.
But the real fun was about to begin when we saw they had kicksleds.
Kicksleds are best described as snow scooters? Kids uses them as transportation to go to school. Also adults are still seen on them in rural areas as you can put groceries on the front seat. Ville showed me how to use them. But then I gave up and just let him push me around on one. They are so much fun but really hard!
Ville was clearly better than me but I have to say I haven’t laughed that hard in ages.
Maybe I need a bit more fresh air poisoning?