A birch forest in Finland.

silver birch A birch forest in Finland. Remingtons cabin had these wooden walk ways all around the cabin. Mr Grubich and Elerins built their cabins there now.

SISU

EmiliaElisabeth : Sisu - extraordinary determination and courage. This is one of my most favorite quotes EVER.

Sauna. This captures very nicely the mood of sauna time on an summer evening in Finland.

light captures very nicely the mood of sauna time, summer evening in Finland.

Sauna rules...in a Finnish accent. ;-) I will have this on my sauna in memory of my Finnish grandparents

Finnish sauna

The Sauna (pronounced SOW-NAH), or "Really Hot Place Containing Naked People" is a Finnish.

Real Finns say SAUNA (sow-nah)!...*It 's like fingernails on a chalkboard to hear people pronounce it wrong! It's Sau-na (like Maui's "au" sound.)

My grandmother gets so mad when people say SAWNA! Real Finns say SAUNA (sow-nah)!*It 's like fingernails on a chalkboard to hear people pronounce it wrong! It's Sau-na (like Maui's "au" sound.

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Elements of warming authentic Finnish sauna = kiuas + kindling + fuel (larger pieces of wood) + matches + a few pufs of air + patience.

Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch branches (with leaves on) and swat themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. Vihtas can even be bought from a shop and stored into a freezer for later (winter) use. Using a vasta improves blood circulation, and its birch odour is considered pleasing.

Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch…

Sauna, every Finnish house should have one!

If I lived in a colder climate a sauna or steam room would be awesome.

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