Hello again everyone! Long time no speak! This is a mini update since I just got back from a class excursion (remember I'm a secondary school teacher) to Mariehamn, which is the capital city of the Åland Islands. The Åland Islands belong to Finland but it's an autonomous region so things are a bit different there compared to mainland Finland. For example, it's a demilitarised region and everyone speaks Swedish there. They also have their own flag as well as their own stamp.
Anyway, I spent two days in Mariehamn with our fabulous Biology/Geography teacher Heli and 9B from our school. We had a brilliant time first singing and dancing on the ferry (it takes around 5 hours to get to Mariehamn from Turku by the same boats that'll take you to Stockholm as well) and then chatting, eating, exploring Mariehamn and staying up late when we'd actually made it to the Åland Islands.
Here are some pictures from the trip - no pupil pics, though, as I want to respect everyone's privacy.
|Downtown Mariehamn. As you can see, it's not very big.|
|Our cottage from the inside :).|
|The cottages from the outside.|
|Mariehamn Town Hall.|
|Ålands pannkaka is a specialty you should try.|
|It's this :). A special kind of pancake.|
If you go to the Åland Islands, make sure you know it's pretty much a dead place. So, if you like the sea, camping and taking it easy, then Åland's the place for you, but if you're expecting a busy city with tons of people, you'll be disappointed :).