Archive for February 3rd, 2009

Lapua – when you need some quiet.

The best vacations are usually those that take place where there are the fewest distractions.  For me that place has always been a small town in west-central Finland.  Lapua is 320 km north of Helsinki and 80 km east of Vaasa.  With a population of 14,000 there aren’t many choices to be made and for the most part the people here don’t ask a lot of questions.

I came to Lapua first in the summer of 1983 at the request of a friend.  He had been an exchange student in my high school and invited me to spend the following summer at his place.  While I’ve been back to Finland dozens of times since then, I’ve only made it up to Lapua a handful of times.  This time I captured a bit of it to share with you.


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