Our Last Post: Final Days in Finland

It’s hard to believe our adventure is over! It’s been an amazing journey. After a stay at Kanttura, a unique wilderness lodge, we spent our last “official” night in Muhos sharing laughs and a few tears looking back on the past several weeks and all that we’ve learned, experienced and tasted!

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Kanttura

Beautiful setting at Kantturra.

Beautiful setting 

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Kat & Tara at Kantturra, the lodge we stayed at following the District Conference.

Kat & Tara at Kanttura

Steve - in charge!

Steve – in charge!

Pyhäkoski Hydro Power Plant. Don't push that button!

Pyhäkoski Hydro Power Plant in Muhos. Don’t push that button!

Missy checking out the operations at Pyhäkoski Hydro Power Plant in Muhos

Missy checking out the operations 

Chuck feeling right at home answering the phones

Chuck feeling right at home answering the phones

Tara and Kat with DG Pekka!

Tara and Kat with DG Pekka!

Team photo at our last presentation (at Montta Active Camping resort - Muhos)

Team photo at our last presentation (at Montta Active Camping resort – Muhos)

Now after a few wonderful (and relaxing) days in Helsinki, we’ve all gone our separate ways. Missy left for home today, Chuck, Steve and Kat head home tomorrow and Tara is off to Norway for a few days with her parents. Mixed feelings for all – sad that it’s over, but very excited to come home to our families.

We would like to say one last time a huge “THANK YOU!” and “KIITOS!” to everyone who made this GSE experience one that none of us will ever forget. To District Governors Pekka Pietiläinen and Don Cavalier for putting the wheels in motion for a Group Study Exchange between D1400 and D5580; to Jill Zachary and all those at home (including our families and coworkers!) who helped us prepare for this trip of a lifetime; to Jorma Kinnunen, for organizing our fantastic itinerary here; to our host families, our drivers, the incredible people who took time to meet with us in every city and town we went to, and all those who made us feel welcome and honoured as guests – we raise a glass to you! Kippis!

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2 thoughts on “Our Last Post: Final Days in Finland

  1. Have enjoyed so much each of your entries. Have read and reread each of them. What a wonderful experience you have all had! Can’t wait for Tara to get home and to hear more details of your time there.

  2. Just on my and Pirjo’s behalf,

    thanks to all of you for visiting us. Your group was most energetic and it was mere pleasure to host and get to know all of you. – Bon voyage back to home!

    Erkki

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