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The Finns have been complaining about how cold it is. We of course shrugged it off as being a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of Florida. Walking around town in the 8 C (48 fahrenheit) temperature with a strong wind chill (Karri informed us that this is a flat area of Finland) we decided that the locals are correct - it is cold. Fortunately the forecast is for an increase to the mid-50s very shortly.
Days are long. It is very easy to stay up late when the sun doesn't set until after 11 PM and rises again less than four and a half hours later. We have hung a brown sheet over the window to increase the effectiveness of the curtains to block the light.
At the supermarket we were very happy to find plentiful and cheap root vegetables like beets and potatoes; lovely dark rye breads, local cheeses, and the very rich and creamy Salakis Turkisk Naturell Youghurt that we discovered a few years ago while staying in Hämeenkyrö. Knowing that Finns, while drinking more coffee per capita than any other nationality like their coffee very lightly roasted, we asked Karri for his recommendation and have found a passable brand of French dark roast.
We toured the Cultural Centre Vanha Paukku, on the former site of a cartridge factory that exploded when the gunpowder for the bullets stored on the top floor was accidentally ignited, killing 41 mostly female workers that devastated this small town in 1976. The Centre includes a very lovely and austere chapel to honor the dead, museum, gallery, music and art studios, a theater, restaurant, and a beautiful library.
The initial attempts to locate potential collaborators have begun. Unfortunately the local theatre company is taking a summer break after next week so we may have many potential collaborators off for holiday.