| Rovaniemi | Lappish introduction to Christmas

Now I spend Christmas in Poland – not only with meeting with my family (almoust 5 months without see each other!), but also with worm fireplace, nice shinny Chritmas Tree and a lot of good food on the table. I know that it’s my short break in my study in Finland, but it’s enough to have some “polish” time and spend hours with family and friends.

Anyway, I miss one thing – snow. And cold. I didnt expected that I said this, but yes – I miss the cold! Outside is about plus ten degree – and I feel that I really want put my spring clothes.

…but, even if I dream about play in snow and make snowman, I always can come back in my mind to last week, where I was in Lapland. Of course I must saw Santa Claus- and traditonal Christmas Market.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] In background – St. Claus home.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Hell yeah, I found polish flag!

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Bodyguard!

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Santa is here!

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Entrance to Santa’s home – in background sound of break ice.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] In the way to meet with Santa.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Queue to Santa.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Probably “hit” to everybody – pics with Santa. “Hit” is also priece. If you want pics with Santa, you must pay at least… 25€ :)

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[Rovaniemi, 09.08.13] …but, with my friends from EILC course, we made one group photo. 
Another interesting facts – priece 25€ is okej, if it’s no more than 5 people on pics. If it’s more, you must pay another 25€, and another… This picture cost over 200€ – if we share the money, it’s not as bad, but in another hand… Santa know how make a buisness.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] You can also “buy” letter from Santa. Anyway, if you write letter without this, you have still posibility to get answer – till now Santa get 16mn letters from 198 different country, and he answered to 550 000 letters.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] …but it’s smarter to use duty free shops; usual they have not as expensive prieces. This shop is one level up to Santa-shop.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] I understand that Olsztyn is maybe kind of important city (about 170 000 habitans, capital of area “warmińsko-mazurski” – add), but WHY on Santa’s map in Poland they put Olsztyn and Warsaw – still I don’t know. (Olsztyn is not as important as Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Wrocław and a lot of another citys – add).

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Letters – next to they sit elfs who answered. In corner box from Poland – we have 3th place in ranking of the most popular country. 1st is Italy, 2nd UK. Finald have 5. place!

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] View to shop-area – minus twenty degree ouside.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] Merry Christmas!

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] View on Santa Claus Village.

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[Rovaniemi, 14.12.13] During winter Arctic Circle line is cover by snow – but you can “enjoy” line inside. On the pics – my friends from Korpilahti who went to more to North-Lapland.

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[Rovaniemi, 09.08.13] …but in summer, yes, in summer you can see that you cross Arctic Circle, ha!

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[Rovaniemi, 16.12.13] Christmas Tree on Lordi Square, main area in city center.

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[Rovaniemi, 16.12.13]  Of course, poro-fur – my rendieer keep warm in the fron of fireplace. I bought this far away, in lapish village, when I went back from Nordkapp.

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[Rovaniemi, 16.12.13] Sami-dolls.

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[Rovaniemi, 16.12.13] Of course – reindieer is always good!

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[Rovaniemi, 16.12.13] “After Sauna Tea” –  during last time I had “nice” possibility to try… “sauna” ice cream… (Yes, it was awful. No, I don’t recomendent. It’s like licking wood and biting rocks).

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…I have sentiment to the last pics.

This man was seller on Christmas Market, he had area with handmade tea, soap and another aroma. From word to word we start discuss. He is historic (war specialisation), he’s from UK. In Finland he live 10 years (“Here people are calm, everything is without hurry up, without stress”); before he lived in different places, for example in Sibera. He finnish study in Helsinki, but now he’s making doctor degree in University of Lapland. His work is about Sami culture - because of that he often travel deeper to Lapland. “It’s not too many Sami people”, he said to me. “Our duty is protect this culture and don’t forget about them”.

Definitly. Definitly, we shouldn’t. For sure I’ll be write some more about Sami culture, but it’s obviously that – as said to me guide in Siida Museum: “Be Sami is cool”.

 …almoust like Christmas. Christmas also are cool. Even without snow, without “real” Santa next to and without reindieer – I feel again like a child, when I can make pierogi (traditional polish meal – add), make Christmas cookies and, singing Christmas songs, decoratin Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas!

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