Finland is often called the land of endless summer. And even here at the southern most tip of the country, I would argue that this is still true. I took the picture above a couple of nights ago. I took a little after 10pm outside of our apartment. Yes the streetlights are on, but I think they are just timed to come on regardless of the sunlight.
It stays light well into the 10 o’clock hour and is light well before we get up in the morning. It’s pretty wild to not see much darkness. Of course this will change as we move closer to fall and winter where the darkness will overtake daylight in rapid succession. Each day we lose several minutes of daylight. I saw somewhere that by the end of August, we will have lost about 2-3 hours of daylight and that amount will speed up as fall goes on.
For now, we’re enjoying the warm weather and the daylight.
We packed our first three suitcases for our trip to Finland. We are allowed nine more plus carry-ons. This is a good start as far as I’m concerned. And we have a good system down. My wife determines what all is going in to the suitcase and I figure out how to get it all in. So far we have only worked on suitcases for three of the kids. There’s more for each one, but I was thrilled by how much we were able to get into a suitcase.
The big surprise was the weight. The limit is 50 lbs. I think the closest we came to that was 40.5 lbs. This was a bit surprising.
We also found something that we love – the Ziploc travel bags. You stick some clothing in, shut the bag and push the air out. We used this for our oldest’s winter coat. It worked wonderful. We ended up with a coat that was 1/3 the size it normally is, if not smaller. We’re searching out more of these bags.