Rudolf the Red Nose Entree and Crayfish in Finland

In wandering around in a grocery store in Helsinki and in talking with our Finnish ambassador in the sauna (see previous post about Finland's sauna culture), we found out some very interesting things about the Finnish cuisine. Mainly the biggest difference between us (in Southern Louisiana) and them is that they eat reindeers. And moose. …

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Naked Germans and Such

So it seems that Germans (and Europeans in general) are more comfortable with their bodies than us Americans. I make that assumption based on the observations I've made on the beaches and surrounding waters in and around our home in Croatia. And it's not Croatians for the most part, but rather the German tourists who …

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Finding Jemina in Helsinki and Meeting the Finnish Ambassador in the Sauna

A Needle in A Haystack Our visit to Helsinki started slowly last week as we had a hard time getting acclimated. Mike wasn’t feeling well and I was tired because of pre-trip insomnia, as I tend not to sleep the day before we go on a trip out of nervousness and anticipation. We got to …

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Celebrating Birthdays and Playing Mafia

"The city is sleeping," said the young Russian boy.  We all closed our eyes. As I sat around the beach blanket with six children from Russia, Italy and Croatia still dripping from the salty Adriatic Sea and playing the card game Mafia, I wondered, how did I get here? We had just been swimming off …

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