Sunday, July 15, 2012

A little boat ride...

Finns are BIG boaters! On the one hand, it makes sense since there is so much water surrounding the country and so many lakes within the country.  On the other hand, it's a little surprising to me due to the fact that there are really only two or three good months to be out on the water. But I've decided that Finns are much heartier than, say for example, Chicagoans. I used to sail and there is no way I would be on the water on some of these cooler Helsinki days!

But I was pretty excited when one of Rob's colleague's at the University invited us to take a little ride on his boat with his wife and him.

veccas boat

When I saw the boat, I was a little concerned our family of five wouldn't fit--but never fear...

lily on boat

...with the kids and Laina in the front and Rob, Veka and I in the back, we all fit!

sam on boat

There are so many islands to visit in Helsinki! It's so much fun to just motor from one big rock to the next! But you really need to know what you are doing. Some of those rocks barely break the surface of the water!

rocks in water

(Of course I had visions of us hitting the rocks and all being catapulted out of the boat into the water!)

We stopped for a little while on a "public" island.

view from beach

The view, as always was stunning--see all of the islands?  That's one of the things I love about Finland!   

I guess the view in the water was pretty interesting too! 

sam on dock

Thanks to our hosts for a lovely afternoon!

vecca and wife

1 comment:

  1. It’s great that the whole family was able to fit on that boat! Haha! This happened to our family before and prior to riding the boat, I made a joke that if we don’t fit, my son will be left on the seaside. Haha! I remember the way he cried that time ‘coz he really wanted to ride along with us. Haha! Well, mommies sometimes just love to play with their kids. :p

    Lilia Dyal