Today was a beautiful cloudless day and the first day I needed sunglasses since I arrived on January 8! So different than Colorado where I wear sunglasses everyday. In the morning, I went nordic skiing with a fellow Fulbrighter, Kerry, and in the afternoon went ice skating on the Jyvasjarvi, Lake Jyvaskyla.
The Lake was busy with all sorts of winter enthusiasts: ice skaters, ice skiers, nordic skiers, sledders, chair sledders, walkers, and picnic-ers. I saw a couple sitting on a bench surrounded by snow drinking coffee from a thermos and eating "pulla", a generic term for baked sweet treats eaten with coffee. Being outside and exercising is important to the Finns and the frozen lake is a great place to do it. A perfect Finnish day!
I am a high school art teacher from Boulder Valley School District in Colorado studying craft education in Jyvaskyla, Finland. I am in Finland through a grant from the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching program and the Fulbright Finland Foundation.