Finns running hot and cold

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The Finns themselves say that they can seem cold, aloof to visitors. In public, for example, their custom is to stay in their own groups. At a restaurant or the very popular buffet lunches (lounas), where seating tends to be …

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Had we but World Heritage enough, and time…

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For a traveler, there is never enough time. Sure, you can see “the highlights” of a city in a few days, of a country in a week or so. But, in most places, the longer you stay the deeper into …

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Pine and water: Cruising Eastern Finland

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For kilometer after kilometer, the landscape always seems the same. Pine trees and lakes. Lakes and pine trees. Driving the eastern side of the country – Lakeland in the south, Lapland above the Arctic Circle in the north, or what …

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