Easter in Ostrobothnia

Our final day in Ostrobothnia has arrived, we’ll be driving back home today in the afternoon. We’ve spent the past couple of days just resting, relaxing, eating and, to some degree, walking around. We did nothing on Friday after arriving, but packed quite a bit of programme into yesterday. We went to the city to meet up with a highschool friend of mine I hadn’t seen (other than on Facebook) for about 3 years and we had a lot of catching up to do. I bought us smoothies and we sat around talking for an hour before taking a quick trip to The Body Shop. I bought a couple of things I’ve been wanting for a while; the Pink Grapefruit shower gel & body butter. Yum!

Walking the dog

After that we went to take the pooch for a lovely walk through the park bordered by a little creek and returned to mom’s for a delicious dinner of salmon and potatoes. I couldn’t bring myself to eat dessert, but mom made herelf and Mike (my husband) a delicious banana split!

Banana split

In the evening we headed out again, this time to take a candle to my dad’s grave, or to be exact, the Urn Grove, where his nameplate sits with the others. It’s quite a lovely spot during summer, but right now the nearby pond looked quite swampy. After the visit to the grove, we drove to see the local Easter tradition: Bonfire to ward off evil spirits. It was believed that on Easter Saturday, when Jesus was dead and God’s protection over Earth was at its weakest, witches and evil spirits would have an easy time to strike. As such, a symbolic witch was often burned at the bonfire… We got to the fire when it wasn’t much more than a little pile of  ashes, but still managed to get a couple of pictures and a video of the event (on Instagram).

Afterwards we ate some delicious waffles and headed to sauna, which felt particularly nice after not being in one for about a year! Needless to say, I slept like a baby last night,  except for a brief while of intense nausea which kept me up for perhaps half an hour. Hrmph. Today, we’ll be heading home and tomorrow is still a holiday for me so I’m looking forward to just relaxing.

I hope you all have had a great weekend so far!

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