Thursday, April 26, 2012

Why is it so light out?

When we first arrived in Helsinki, Sam would wake up several times a night and wonder what time it was. It was dark until past 9 in the morning and got dark again at 3:30 in the afternoon. He was very confused and never knew when he was supposed to be sleeping and when he was supposed to be awake. :)

Now, he can't understand why he has to go to bed when it is so bright outside and it feels like 2 in the afternoon. So I told Rob he should explain (with the help of some produce) why it is light out so late into the evening--because I certainly couldn't do it! (I'm not quite sure why they added the plum, though.)

For those of you following along back in the States, the suns starts streaming in our apartment at about 5:30 a.m. these days and, eventhough it sets at about 9:15, it is still light out until 9:30.

So after we get the kids in bed, with the light of day in the window over my shoulder, I've started making plans for Midsummer here in Finland. We hope to rent one of the famous mökkis (summer cottages) Finns speak of so frequently. Apparently, Helsinki clears out in June and July as people head en masse to the countryside to relax and get closer to nature.

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