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Love it! Thanks for sharing! I finally visited many of my cousins in Finland last summer. My Dad was born here right after his parents immigrated to America. My Dad and Mom visited cousins over there many times. My Grandpa was one of 6 children and Grandma one of 9. All of their siblings remained in Finland so I have many more relatives over there than here. I was able to see the land where my Grandma and Grandpa's family houses were located. There was nothing left of Grandma's house in a farmer's field, but there were cornerstones and bricks left of Grandpa's house. I came back with a nice piece of brick from his house. I had great times with my cousins who live in various cities around the country. Lots of stories and laughs. Plenty of sauna and jumping in some pretty cold lake and river water to cool off after. One cousin insisted on taking video of jumping into 48 degree F. lake water so I could prove to my American family and friends that I did sauna like a true Finn. We laughed and laughed.
My Dad spoke fluent Finnish, but he didn't converse enough in Finnish for me to become conversational. I only know many words and phrases. I could go on and on, but I guess that is enough. Take care...
P.S. I have a sauna in my back yard, but no lake to jump in. I make do with a cool shower.

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