09.11.10 – I’ve been told that the Finns have many words for snow. I know one so far, lumi. It’s snowed a couple of times before but it hasn’t stuck. The needle is dropping below 0°C more often and when it snows, it takes a little while longer for it to melt away. Old man Winter is knocking at the door.
Both Max and Emma are excited about the coming winter. Max called me three times today to tell me about how the snow was starting to pile up at his school. Emma posted something on her Facebook page that was interesting;
Oregon childrens reaction to snow: “OMG ITS SNOWING!!! WINTER HAS FINALY COME!!!! :D” Finland childrens reaction to snow: “Oh great its snowing. Its fall already boy summer went by so fast” – Emma Ilona Beidler
By evening the snow had stopped but the wind continued to howl. The kids and I worked on our homework and surfed the net in a toasty apartment. Even though we could hear the wind pounding above us, the building felt rock solid. I guess a can have confidence in the fact that the Finns know how to construct buildings to survive brutal winters.
I might as well settle in with my Finnish dictionary and learn a few more words.
- Did you know it snowed on Monday? (wilderside.wordpress.com)
- Paper Watch: Funny Finns (paul.kedrosky.com)
- My First Real Winter – Istanbul, Turkey (travelpod.com)