Today we met with only Anni and Olivia and I have to say I´m a very happy person now! We went to the famous Kaupinoja sauna (1st time for me) and I finally got a chance to go winter swimming in avanto! We dipped our selves in the freezing lake Näsijärvi for about 5 times and at one time I even took some swimming moves. It was horrible and wonderful at the same time. Sauna was a cool experience as well and we went there every time after we were in the lake.
We had good talks again about differences in our cultures and we wanted to know a lot what Olivia thinks about Finland and what has been the best things about Finland and Finns. I think the best lessions about this course is getting to know each other and our countries and some lessions on the side. For example when we were on our way to Kauppi, we went to a store to buy sausage and stuff so we had a little teaching lession in the store about Finnish words and sentences as well as in German.
I like our group very much and I hope the next time Hanna and Zsofia will be able to join us again. We are going to a hockey game so that should be fun! 🙂
It’s time for little culture again after all the exams and heavy reading. Finally the weather started to be little colder for the winter swimming experience, so our meeting took place at Kaupinojan sauna. It’s a public sauna near Tamk facilities in Kauppi-forest, for more information click Kaupinojan sauna above.
Sauna was approximately +90 celcius, outdoors temperature was +3 celcius and the lake was +4 celcius. After a soft beginning everyone did great and Thomas was even swimming a long time in the lake like a pro! It was fun to show this side of sauna for the guys, because even though many Finns have their own sauna in the flat, house or cellar of a apartment building people still go to public saunas. I go there regularly once a week. It’s a lot more crowded and loud not calm and serene like sauna is often imagined. It is a social place where to meet friends or people also go there alone, it doesn’t matter.
Here at Kaupinojan sauna is possible to swim in the lake through out the year. And that’s the main reason people go there, dipping into the lake after sauna or even swim in the lake.