Wednesday, August 31, 2005

We are now in Finland!

Today, Wednesday morning we arrived to Finland. The road trip over here went smoothly, despite the quite long distance - 2645 kilometers! On our way we did stop overnight at Amsterdam, Hamburg and Kopenhagen. The last night we did spend on the ferry from Stockholm.

We have already received the keys for our new home and start moving there during the next few days. In order to do that we need to haul our furniture that has been scattered throughout Finland. 8)

More updates and pictures soon!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Earlier this week the removal guys came to pack all of our stuff for the move. So, couple of the last days I've been at Woking on rather simple surroundings.

Tomorrow (Saturday) morning we're going to start our journey through Europe to Finland. I'll keep you posted, at least after we arrive to our destination!

Friday, August 12, 2005

Piritta left for Finland already today morning. Her work starts already tomorrow, so this has been her shortest summer holiday - ever!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Status Update

It has been a busy week and a half with all kinds of stuff going on. Here's short status update:

- Piritta decided to accept a teacher position at her old school at Pornainen, 50km north from Helsinki. As the school year for the teachers start already at Friday 12th August it means that she's leaving for Finland this Thursday!

- Mainly because of Pirittas absence we have decided to cancel the Saturday 20th event. I will contact those who had registered interest and suggest some alternatives - I will still be here!

- We still do not have our own/rental place to stay at Helsinki but the search is on! The rental market at Finland is hot which implies that inexpensive and decent is the combination that is hard to find. Its still two-three weeks to go.. 8-)

Monday, August 01, 2005

The trip to Scotland

We spent last week touring Scotland with car. Here are couple of pictures from the trip:

After staying overnight at Nottingham, we did pay a visit to Newcastle-Upon-Tyme. The town was preparing to the Tall Ships Race which was due in couple of days.

At this point we have reached Scotland, as you can see the weather has turned better!

The first look at the Scottish castles was the Castle of Edinburgh, on our first anniversary!

Checking the water temperature of Loch Lomond.

The Scot Architecture seems to have a twist sometimes. This detail is from a small church.

Because of the amount of rivers and water alltogether we did pass quite a many bridges.

Loch Ness and a artists impression of the famous monster.

Landscape near Fort William

Castles and the wide spaces make sometimes very pictoresque settings, especially in the good weather we did enjoy.

Isle of Skye and the Cuillin hills, the view from a lunch break.

After some semi-serious hill walking it is time to take a break.

We decided that some signs need to be obeyed, at least without any equipment.

The principles of Scottish Whisky.

We were able to visit two distilleries on the way back home. This picture is from the huge distillation hall of Glenfiddich Distillery.

The last castle we visited was a Stirling Castle. The weather had turned to rain, which definitely affected the Castle Experience (tm).

We did also pay a short visit to stretch of Hadrian's Wall.

Home at last. We do like to drive a lot during the holidays, this time the odometer reached 2893 kilometres in a week.. 8)

Last but not least here are couple of panoramas stitched together from multiple pictures, click the stripe to see a bigger image!

(Hmm.. found a restriction of blogger image store while twiddling with these panoramas. The images over 1024 pixels of width seem to be scaled to that size.. I will eventually find a way to show the proper images.)