Finland 2011 - Page 1


Below are several photos taken during our trip to Äland (pronounced Oland) Island, Finland to visit Janelle.  The name of the city that she is living in on Äland, is Mariehamn.  We flew into Stockholm, Sweden then took a bus to the Stockholm city terminal.  From the city terminal, we took another bus to the ferry terminal at Kapellskär, Sweden.  From there we rode the ferry to Mariehamn.  We were only at Janelle's apartment for a few hours then it was time for the team to get on the overnight ferry to Helsinki, Finland.  After looking around a little on the ferry, we went to our cabin and crashed for the night.  The next morning we got in the bus while it was still on the ferry, and after docking, headed out for the 400+ kilometer bus ride from Helsinki to Kuopio.  After a short rest at the hotel in Kuopio, it was off to the soccer field for the evening's match.  After the match, in which Janelle's team was victorious, it was back to the hotel for the night.  The next morning we climbed on the bus and headed back to Helsinki.  Rather that taking the ferry back to Äland, we flew back into the small airport on the island.  It was quite a whirlwind first 3 days of our trip.  We were very grateful that the team allowed us to travel with them on the road trip to Kuopio, Finland.

For the remainder of our visit, we were able to hang out with Janelle in Mariehamn.  One day we went to the Kastelholm Castle, which is the remains of a castle that was first mentioned in writing in 1388.  We also went to Bomarsund, which has the remains of a fortress that the Russians started building in the early 1800s.  The other days we mainly just walked around Mariehamn, taking in the sights, and doing some shopping.  On Saturday, Janelle had a home soccer match.  Janelle scored the first goal of the game, just 44 seconds after the opening whistle, to help lead the team to victory.  She went on to be named the gold medal player of the game.  As Jackson would say, it was awesome!

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Stockholm, Sweden - 8/2/11

Stockholm, Sweden - 8/2/11

Stockholm City Terminal - 8/2/11

Cruise ship in Stockholm harbor - 8/2/11

Stockholm ferry terminal - 8/2/11

Stockholm harbor - 8/2/11

Stockholm harbor - 8/2/11

Stockholm harbor - 8/2/11

Julie on deck - 8/2/11

Mariehamn harbor - 8/2/11

Mariehamn harbor - 8/2/11

Mariehamn harbor - 8/2/11

Mariehamn harbor - 8/2/11

Helsinki, Finland - 8/3/11

Helsinki, Finland - 8/3/11

Helsinki, Finland - 8/3/11

On the road to Kuopio, Finland - 8/3/11

On the road to Kuopio, Finland - Individually wrapped round bales - 8/3/11

Indoor soccer facility at Kuopio - 8/3/11

Janelle during player introductions at Kuopio - 8/3/11

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