every year, my husband’s big family from his dad’s side celebrates the summer by having crayfish party, aka rapujuhla. we always have it at my husband’s grandparents’ summer place in the countryside.
this is now my 7th summer here, so i’m starting to get the hang of the party itself. and eating the crayfish… it takes work, that’s why some people don’t like it, but i love it. i think there’s something very rewarding once i get to take a bite on the meat. yummm.
this year we went there with the train. it’s not that far away (it took about 2 hours per direction), but away enough from the bustling city life. an old friend of mine wanted to see the landscape, so i promised to take some pics for her.
these first ones were taken from inside the trains. however, since the train moved quite quickly at times, some pics are quite blurred. the second train’s window was also a bit dirty. but anyway, you can click each pic to see a small description of it.
next pics were taken from the summer place itself, or kesämökki. it’s basically a large area of land consisting of 3 cottages with bedrooms, 2 sauna cottages (each also has small bunk beds), and 2 dry toilets. all of them are separates, scattered around the land (yep, all of them owned by my husband’s grandparents. lucky us, eh? 😀 ). again, click the pics to see the descriptions.
it’s not the modern kind of kesämökki as some people have around here, but i like it nonetheless. you can really feel the difference of life here than in the city. the whole place was built circa 1970s-1980s, if i remember correctly. and yet everything is still in good condition, like it was only built yesterday.
no pics of the dry toilets, and if you know what they are, i’m sure you’ll understand why. 😀 i still can’t get used to it yet, no matter how many times i’ve been here. no pics of the crayfish either, because it gets complicated when you’re eating crayfish & trying to take pics at the same time.
i had a great time, as always, except that this time there were so many wasps… and they were all drunk from the heat or whatever. not a very good combination. but thankfully, we survived the day with no stings.
on the way back to the city (with a car this time), we passed a small airport. my husband & his brother insisted on visiting it.
and this wraps up my summer holiday as well. can’t believe how fast 3 weeks went. time to get back to work now, but luckily Finnish summer is still here with us for a while. 🙂