Jillian's Pictures

May 7, 2006

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Diane, Me, Paulo, and Mari

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Me and Mari

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The Hermitage

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Nick, Diane, Me, Gabi, Mari, and Emmy with our Russian hats

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Maatuskat(that's the finnish word.  I don't know the english or russian word for them

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There was some audience participated-Russian folk dancing at dinner one night.

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A painting of Cupid in Pavloshki(sp?)'s Palace.  The arrow follows you wherever you go.

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The sunset in St. Petersburg.

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Amanda, Me, and Jodi after the circus

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Firebreather/eater in the Russian circus

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In the Russian circus, men from the audience strip down to their boxers and go in pools in dressy outfits to race for a special prize

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Macdonalds 'translated' into russian


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I think this guy was one of the czars

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Me at my birthday party with the cakes I made at my host counselor's house


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The party was in Mine and Amanda's room

March 12, 2006

Here are some photos from the Vanha Tansi (Old Days'  Dance)

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My partner and I

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All the dancers

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Once of the dances

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The "Cocktail Party" at the school

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We gave the dance teacher flowers

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Dancing with the audience

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This is what the 3rd year students (our equivalent to Seniors) do when they graduate.  They ride on the back of trucks throwing candy to kids in the streets

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Maybe I learned, maybe I didn't

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It was pretty cold when they were riding

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February 12, 2006

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Here is a picture of my host club and I

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These are some panoramas i put together:
Finnish orthodox church....

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At the top of the old mine by my house....

OVER THE WEEKEND OF January 26, 2006

Pictures from Helsinki 26.01.06

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The Great Church

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The ducks in the harbor

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The orthodox church

Pictures from Tallinn, Estonia 26-27.01.06

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Tallinn Panorama

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The oldest ruins in the Old City

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The view from our hotel room window

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Market Square in the Old City

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Grannies sell knitted items out of holes in the wall surrounding the Old City

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Me at the place overlooking Tallinn

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and with my host sisters

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"Will you marry me?!?!?"

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Tallink-Our cruise ship

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The sun over the water







DECEMBER 2-7, 2005


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The guys on my bus.

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Sunrise through the windshield.

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The sunrise in Lapland.

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Fat snowmen near an airport we passed

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Some of my friends...Sara(NY), Lisa(Germany), Diane(Indiana)

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The HOTEL we stayed at, Harriniva.

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All the trees looked like this.


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The ski slope.

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From the top of the kiddy hill.  In the back right corner are the ''fells''

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This is COLD...-25C/-13F!

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Gabby(Brazil), Camila(Brazil), Diane, Me, Mari(Japan)


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The Brazilians


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The French kids


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On the dog sled


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Rawrrr!!!  Not quite Balto


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There he is!  The first one!  It's Balto!


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The Arctic Circle.


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One of the reindeer.


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The lead reindeer.  Reindeer Tush!!

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We learned how to laso reindeer.


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Me, Sara, and Moni(Ecuador)


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We cooked our sausage...


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...and ate it


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Another frosty tree.  They're so pretty.

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A campfire in a teepee


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Northern Lights.  I couldn't get any really good pictures of them because my camera didn't have the right settings.


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Exchange students.


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One of the ''fells''


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On the bus.  I love this picture.


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Exchange student ghosts...or just the walking dead.


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Welcome to harriniva

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A little stuffed critter.

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The pretty lapland ski slope


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More fat snowmen.  This time at Santa's Village


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Santa's Main Office.


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In Santa's main post office.  The letters are kept in bullet proof glass boxes so armed men who want the international stamps can steal them.  True story

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Traditional Lapland dress.  This guy's outfit was awesome.

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One of many Xmas trees


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Lisa with Rudolf


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And we went snowshoeing


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Snow angel!!!


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Even the gas station looked pretty.


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Me, Joulupukki, and Lisa. This is a professional photo. No one was allowed to bring their own camera in to see Santa

November 12, 2005

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My New Room

My host sister and I went to an old abandoned factory one day...

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The factory was quite large in comparison to us

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The inside of the factory

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The other part of the factory

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The nasty water surrounding the factory

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My host sister and I messing around at the factory
Katariina and I

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After the factory, we drove to one of the highest points in town, a

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Katariina and I at the cliff

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The views of the forest from the cliff

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On Finnish Halloween, we went to the cemetary to light candles for the
deceased relatives..

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You can put a candle here if your relative isn't buried at this cemetary

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Some of the candles

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There were candles everywhere


Katariina and I decided to create our own juice with some limes, kiwis,
lemons, and a papaya.  It was disgusting...

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The fruit we used


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The finished product

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The little lemon soldier

On Finnish Halloween, my host mom, sister, and I made pulla(buns)...

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Step 1


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Step 2


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Step 3


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Step 4


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Step 5


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Step 6


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The finished buns

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Then we ate them with homemade lemonade

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Pictures from Kumpurock, a concert that came to my town...

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This is how dark it is when I walk home from school

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View of the town during the evening from the old mine

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The legendary Go Cart

October 23, 2005

Various photos of Finland from my trip to Tampere/Nokia(the city)

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Nokia-what Finland is known for

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The view out of a hotel window

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The Panda Candy Factory

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The inside workings of the candy factory

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She reminds me of that one episode of I Love Lucy

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The Finns love their candy

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I still don't fully understand why these pandas were at the gas station.

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Tampere by night

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They already have light decorations in the city

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Tampere keskustori at night

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A decoration on the railway station

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One side of the rapids in Tampere at night

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I was able to see some of my exchange student friends in Tampere

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Oct. 23rd-the first snowfall.  The train tracks by my home.

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Oct. 23rd-the first snowfall.  My favorite field near my home.

October 18, 2005

Helsinki on Helsinki Day

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In front of suurikirkko

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Inside Suurikirkko

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Helsinki's Rautatieasema(Railway Station)

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Boats in the Harbor with Kaupungintalo and Suurikirkko in the background

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All the flags in the Europpean Union

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A typical ship at Helsinki Day

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Music on the Boats

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The 100+ year old ship in the harbor

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Czar Alexander II

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A ship going to Sweden

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Right- Presidential Palace, Left- Orthodox Church

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Inside Stockmann's

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University in Helsinki

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View of the senate building from the top of the steps of Suurikirkko

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Boats in the Harbor

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Suurikirkko(literally, Big Church) aka St. Nicholas's Cathedral

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Svenska Teatteri(Swedish Theater)

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Eduskuntatalo-parliament building


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Aleksis Kivi, the most awesome finnish author, and I

After school on Wednesday, September 14th, 

I went to a concert in Joensuu with my friends from school

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Stamina Fans

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Stamina, a finnish metal band

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MC Pöly, a finnish rapper who rapped in finnish

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One of the other bands that played

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YUP, one of the better finnish rock bands that sing in finnish

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My friends think the singer of YUP looks like Jesus

Pictures from the district 1430 Inbound Camp in Pieksämäki

September 9th-11th

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Most of the Girls in My District

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Left to right: Paolo(Brasil), Nick(Switzerland), Samantha(Canada), Camilia(Brasil), Grant(Canada)

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The Finnish kids taught us a crazy floor slapping game

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Alastair(Australia) playing the digerido

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We hiked around the lake on Saturday then stopped for lunch

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Cooking Makara(Finnish sausage)

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Me, Matthias(germany), Moni(Ecuador)

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We built the fire behind us, but accidentally set off the alarm in the process

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Some of the Australians: Caitlin, Carla, and Alastair

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Hiking on Saturday

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The Crazy Pony Game


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Me, Moni, Carmen(Mexico), Aino(Rebound who went to Mexico)


September 2, 2005

More Pictures From The Garlic Carnival


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Joensuu Market Square preparing for the carnival.

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Typical vegetable vendors at the garlic carnival.

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Joensuu Theater

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More stands at the market square

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A finnish Fire Truck

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This building was once a school but now it is a museum.

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Carnival sign. (The sign reads: ''A thousand and one things to eat!'')
September 2, 2005

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A crazy supermarket chicken

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They do know about Miami.


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And there are McDonald's in Finland.


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Bad choice of words?

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The Eastern Finland Army Base

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A beautiful lake in a town near the border of Russia.

September 2, 2005

My host sister and I visited the Eastern Finland Army Base


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One of the commanders at the base.

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One type of gun used in the army.

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The soldiers did some drills for the spectators.

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More drills.

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The tent in this picture is what the soldiers sleep in when they are away from the base.  14 people at a time can sleep in one of these.

September 2, 2005

My host brother, uncle, and I went fishing on the lake by our summer cottage

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My host brother(the big one) and little host cousin fishing at first on the dock

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My host brother and uncle fishing.

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The gorgeous lake.

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The tough life of an exchange student.

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My homemade fishing rod, created from a stick.

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This was some random moose we saw on our way home.  It was just walking in the middle of the street.


September 2, 2005

Scenes From the Small Finnish Town of Outokumpu

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One of the main roads in Outokumpu.

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Market Pride!

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An ordinary finnish car.

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A random boot on a wooden post. 

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Common finnish apartments

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Almost every house in Finland has a clothes line and a pretty gate.

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An average, ordinary wheat field.  These are everywhere.

September 1, 2005

My Host Sisters and I visited the old mine in my town.

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Me at the old mine near my house.


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Me at the top of the highest tower in the old mine.  In the background is a tower just like the one I am at the top of.

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My host sister and I at the top of the tower

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Miner evolution.

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Me on an old mining machine inside the mine.

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The view of my town from on top of the tower.

My host family and I visited the summer cottage over the weekend

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mushrooms in the woods when we went mushroom picking


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The first mushroom I picked-Too bad it was poisonous.

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My host aunt's house.

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My host family's summer cottage.  It was so big that the whole cottage couldn't fit in the picture.

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My first host family (right to left-my host sister Heidi, my host mom Hilkka, my host brother Juho)

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Me in a church by a lake we visited.

At the Beach

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Me on the dock before my host brother, uncle, and I went fishing.

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The sun always shines over the lakes.

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Me lying on the "beach" in Finland

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Me on the "beach" again.  Since there is no ocean on the eastern coast of Finland, people go to lake beaches.

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My host sister and I built a sandcastle.

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The Finnish Beach
August 21, 2005

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The language camp I stayed at for a week in Karkku

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A mix of scandinavian architechture in Tampere.

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The view from the top of the highest hill in Tampere.

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My host sisters from my first and second families, me, and some old goats.  My first host family used to own them, but now they don't.

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A finnish mailbox.  It took me several days to find this in order to mail a few letters.

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Me and the goats again.

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Me in the car going to the Garlic Carnival in Joensuu.  I was quite tired.

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A tiny little car at the Garlic Carnival.

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Interesting european manequins

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Typical of a Garlic Carnival

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A picture of a picture of everyone at the language camp.  Once again I am hidden-this time by a mexican flag.

***Unfortunatley I am not in most of the pictures of part one and part two of these emails with pictures because most of the people I encountered didn't have a clue how to work my camera.  In the future, most of the pictures will have me in them***

August 6 2005
Jillian departed for Finland

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Jillian and her Dad, Mike

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Katlin, Lisa, Jillian, Mike and Conny

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She's ready to go...

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Katlin, Jillian and Lisa

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One last photo with Dad