After a delightful visit in the capitol, I headed north to meet my cousins for a gathering in Keminmaa, the area where my grandfather’s family came from (my grandmother came from near Vaasa) and many still live there today. Technically Lapland, it’s sort of the borders region between the Finnish lands and the Sami ones. Thanks to my cousin Helka for inviting me, doing all the genealogy work and being a wonderful hostess.
There are all kinds of statues in Helsinki
…and you never know who you might run into on the streets
On the longest leg of the journey, I was in this lovely ‘working’ compartment with free wifi. I had a nice chat with a family who were heading up to help their daughter start at the Vaasa uni.
For a really big job you need a lot of duct tape!
Friendly beaver reminds you to be considerate to the next passenger.