Monday, March 26, 2012

Waiting...

... and waiting. And waiting. For S-P-R-I-N-G to come. This year the first warm days came so early all over the Europe - at least this is what we've heard from families, friends and other people living southern from Finland. But here winter still rules. Looking through the windows from our apartment I can see only snow. In a front of the building there is a little hill - all made from snow (otherwise the surface is flat) and the playground covered with a thick snowy blanket. Wanda loves to play there, climbing that hill and sliding down. Cool! But maybe not necessarily by the end of March. At least for me. And in the middle of this white snowy yard there is still a X-mass tree standing proud just two weeks before Easter. I wonder if someone will remove it before we start coloring eggs... This weekend we've got another little wintery gift - a new snow came overnight and on Sunday morning some kids made a snowman. Thank you. Today I've met some girls who live in Helsinki for some years now. I asked them if this year's winter is typical. I didn't get a promising answer. They said it's rather mild. One of the girls remembered a season when she shoveled snow from her backyard still in April...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ski jumping and sprint - Lahti 2012

Days like today make you like winter season and Finland in particular. No, I'm not a huge fun of winter sports and I don't know much about ski jumping and not even tiny bit about cross-country skiing. But it's different to watch those disciplines on tv and another thing to be there and see everything in flesh. And for at least two reasons. First - Finnish people are huge funs of cross-country skiing and if you don't share their excitement you are considered weird and second - from this year on suddenly Poland has become huge fun of the one because we have a new star - Justyna Kowalczyk, who is really good and all the Poles love her. Anyway, we went there and for our surprise the biggest group of funs was from Poland. White-red flags were everywhere and we only heard "Polska, bialo-czerwoni!" The weather in Lahti was gorgeous, sunny, no wind and very little frost. Wanda had fun too after I explained her what's going on with those jumping. First the guy goes on a slide, than he flies and at the end he lands right next to us. Bingo! She was saying "again, again!" I had fun too. It's really nice to see, how does it look like. The ski jumping hill is huge. Much higher than I expected. When you stay downstairs the starting jumpers seem to be so tiny and so far away. Unfortunately none of the Polish ski jumpers was successful but at least Kowalczyk won the third place. She was very good, but well, two others were still better. Anyway, it was a great day, family picnic in the snow. And here're some pics: