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This was the most difficult vacation I’ve ever taken, as I had recently injured my back at work. Modern travel post 9/11 is a hassle to begin with, and it’s made even more challenging when you are hobbling through multiple terminals on a cane.
Nonetheless, it makes you appreciate those things we often take for granted, namely one’s health and one’s family. For this, I am eternally grateful.
Saturday 18 February 2012
Arrived in Helsinki right on time, and my cousin Harri and wife Mirja greeted me at the airport. It took us a while to find their car in the parking garage but eventually we were on our way.
They had rented a cottage by a frozen lake in Pertunmaa. We stopped along the way for groceries and a burger.
The cottage was beautiful, very cozy looking out at the deep snow! We had a welcome drink up in the loft, and later went to sauna. Played some games on my Kindle Fire and turned in for the night.
Sunday 19 February 2012
It was a snowy winter’s day in Finland, but I mostly stayed inside because of my leg and back pain. Harri built a roaring fire that kept the cottage nice and comfortable.
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