Finland

Frozen Lake, Finland Same place where you can see the Aurora Borealis :D good thing I can handle the cold!

marimekko hot air balloon

Marimekko Unikko hot-air balloon flying above the silhouette of Helsinki. Idea: Jason Blower or other illustator balloon

Kotka, Finland

Beautiful christmas lights in Kotka Keskuskatu Street. A modern version with lights of an old finnish christmas ornament HIMMELI.

SISU!  from the Finnish -- "ultimate determination, fortitude, and persistence, carried to an unfathomable level."

SISU > from the Finnish -- "ultimate determination, fortitude, and persistence, carried to an unfathomable level.

Finnish Hotel where you can sleep in a glass igloo.

More on the glass igloos! -- Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland has log cabins and snow igloos as well as some unbelievable glass igloos that provide a one of a kind opportunity to view the northern lights and millions of stars in a crystal clear sky.

Finnish Beef Meatballs are simple to make for a Scandinavian dinner party.

Finnish (seitan) Beef Meatballs are simple to make for a Scandinavian dinner party.

Painting "Sisu" by Hannah.  The definition of Sisu.

Painting "Sisu" (by Hannah) -The definition of what is means to have Finnish Sisu.

Reindeer, symbol of prosperity...never ask a Reindeer herder how many Reindeer they have..it's like asking how much money they have in their bank account!

Reindeer, symbol of prosperity.never ask a Reindeer herder how many Reindeer they have.it's like asking how much money they have in their bank account.

My tattoo -Finnish word that translates to toughness, perseverance, guts. Finlanders can only claim to have Sisu. Thanks Mom....

My tattoo -Finnish word that translates to toughness, perseverance, guts. Finlanders can only claim to have Sisu. Thanks Grampa.

Sisu: grit, strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity, a compound of bravado and bravery, of ferocity and tenacity, of the ability to keep fighting after most people would have quit, and to fight with the will to win.

Sisu: grit, strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally…

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