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Published: September 19th 2007
So this morning I was planning on having the usual lazy Sunday that is so normal in Finland, when Emma picked up the Helsingin Sanomat (newspaper) and said “It’s Turku Paivä!”. I asked her right away what she was talking about and she said it was Turku Day which means every shop in Turku is opened even though its Sunday, there are bands playing and the market is packed with different booths! (kind of like the growers market x 20!) Of course I was interested instantly and asked her for all the specifics! I was definitely going, no matter what. I txted all my Finnish friends but everyone was busy, sick or broke 😞 so I txted some other exchange students in our district! Danie (the Aussi) txted me back immediately saying “call me” so I did and we decided to meet around 2 in Turku Center! Max also came so I met him in Turku around 1pm and we walked around the market place enjoying all the festivities! There were people selling crepes, sweatshirts, patches, pins, potatoes ( of course), fruit, flowers, candy, ice cream, CDs, jewelry, stuffed animals, hats, gloves and wool socks, and every kind of fresh produce
eddie and i at the bus stop waiting for max!
imaginable. The market place was packed with people buying and selling! Max and I walked around to every booth before settling in with a big group of people watching a Finnish band perform on the band stand! Older folks started dancing and this adorable baby girl all bundled up in red started dancing too! I recorded a movie of all the festivities on my camera! It was almost 2pm so I called Danie and told him we were standing right next to the band stand and 2 minutes later we were hugging hello! He led us up to the walking pavilion and we watched another (younger, hip) band playing for a while. There were a few jugglers and street performers around the stage entertaining while the music played. Danie and I were busy people watching, scoping out people with crazy dreadlocks (which are “in” in Finland???), as max looked around for “#7”s! We hug out there for a while chatting then started touring town. We got lost a few times looking for Max’s Studio 24 shop then ended up in Stockmann for the fashion show! Max had been looking forward to it all day so Danie and I came along
and joined the crowed around the stage. There was a Nintendo Wii advertisement going on so Danie and I got in on the action and played a game of tennis then I gave my remote over to Max and they played golf for a while. The big crowed that was waiting to watch the fashion show seemed to be intrigued by their golf skills so everyone started watching them play and cheering in finnish; it was very funny to watch. When they finished playing their second hole they both handed off their controllers (Wiimotes haha) to these men behind them and we went to watch the show. The models were families modeling clothes for every age, we liked a few outfits and absolutely hated more! The Marimekko outfits were very pretty and we liked them all except the mothers “pregnant dress” (tunic…eww). After the fashion show we went on an adventure in persuit of vesi (water) because I was very thirsty! We tried to find cheep water which we learned is basically impossible in Turku, so we ended up spending 67 cents on a quart of Omena mehu (apple juice) and 2.20 euro on a big water bottle, in the
they are very sour but yummy with chicken!
supermarket under Stockmann! We had a lot of fun running around the store looking for “our gay friend” “where is our gay friend? We have lost him have you seen him? Oh yeah…and where is the ice cream?” “ok everything is alright! We have found our gay friend…oh and the ice cream here is SO expensive” (haha that was Danie and I shouting when we lost Max LOL) WE HAD WAY TO MUCH FUN! So then it was almost 5 o’clock so Danie and I bought our apples (which were the best apples I have ever eaten), juice and vesi and went to find Eddie (from Mexico) in the town center. Danie and I sat down in the middle of the cobblestone center as Max walked away pretending he didn’t know us because he didn’t want to ruin his Calvin Kline jeans! Haha! We just laughed and watched him walk away. Eddie called soon after that saying he was headed for the city center (right where we were sitting) so we jumped up and went to hide behind a truck and surprise him. We could see him but he couldn’t see us so we were telling him on the phone
gosh i eat WAY to many of these!
to “go right, ok another right…a few more steps…” then we jumped out from behind the truck…it was pretty sweet. He laughed and we had our usual vaihto-oppilas (foreign exchange student) hug fest! We found Max again and walked around the market place eating our mini doughnut things we bought at a local vendor…they were amazing! Max’s bus was supposed to leave soon after we met Eddie so we all walked to the bus stop and waited. The bus never came so we checked with some people standing around and they told us the next bus to Paimio would be in two hours! We decided it was worthless to wait around there for the next bus so we went to an R Kioski so Max could buy some more minutes for his cell phone. When we were at the R Kioski Danie asked if he could borrow one euro to gamble so I handed one over and five minutes later he was give me back my euro and keeping 6 more he had won! That was fun, trying to figure out what all the poker words meant in English! : ) When we finished there we went to see the
our ENTIRE family could ride on one bike...i call the drivers seat!
river for a while. We sat down on the benches there for a while to chill and relax. It was really cold there so we only stayed long enough for the boys to scare me to death by faking jumping off the edge when there were really steps below!!! They got a kick out of that! It was almost time for Danie to catch his train back to Loimaa so we walked to the train station and saw him off! Max, Eddie and I were hungry so we went to Roberson’s Café above the movie theatre and ate some quiche! Num! (yum in finnish!) We did what only poor foreign exchange kids can get away with…we drank our own Omena mehu while eating our quiche! Haha. I had to catch my bus at 8:15 to get back by 9 so we all ran together to the bus stop and said goodbye! I listened to my ipodi on the bussi back to Naantali then walked home and went to sleep!!! Goodnight Turku Paivä!!
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