New Year at the Countryside - The Arrival

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It is one week ago that I spent my time at the most beautiful place I have ever seen. A few months ago my friend Tommo invited me over for New Year's Eve to his parent's farmstead in Ilomantsi. Back then I was so very excited to go there that I couldn't wait. But then Christmas arrived and I turned into a depressive and melancholic wreck because I spent it away from home, all on my own and felt pretty lonely. Actually, that was a good reason to go there, but instead, I cancelled and wanted to stay at home alone on my birthday and nye. Fortunately, I have the best friends, who tell me when I am about to do a big mistake and so Tiina and my mom convinced me to get out of my dark hole and go to Ilomantsi. Dearest Tommo also asked me again, even after I cancelled and so I decided to go there after all, even if I had to drive for 8 hours with four strangers and a dog in one car (which made me feel pretty anxious). So, I packed my stuff and was ready to leave Helsinki for an adventure. 

On the 29th of December, I made my way to a petrol station where the friends of Tommo were supposed to pick me up. When they arrived and I got into the car, the first thing I thought was that I wouldn't make it. I sat in the middle of the back seats, between two strangers, a dog on our lap and I couldn't move my feet. I was sitting there, trying not to panic, because that was the position I had to be for 8 hours now. I felt like I've made the biggest mistake. But after an hour, we changed positions and I was allowed to sit at the window with much more room for my feet and I starred out to watch the landscape passing me. And the further we got up north the more I enjoyed this trip. The four strangers became less strange pretty quickly, the car became a cosy adventure-mobile and the landscape outside was so beautiful that I could hardly stay grumpy. 

After a few hours, we made a little break at a beautiful sea. Unfortunately, it was very grey and cloudy on that day, so everything seemed a little tristful. But from there our destination wasn't far away anymore. The moment we turned to the right, as Tommo instructed us, and drove on the hill, we all got a little crazy and screamed "On the hill! On the hill!", so excited to finally arrive.

And when we arrived, our eyes became wide of admiration. 

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made our tired heads feeling dizzy because of its beauty. We came into the house and a big wooden table with food was waiting for us. A big Christmas tree was lightening the room and Tommo's parents welcomed us with a warm hug. I was so happy to arrive and so excited about the coming days, that I was way too overwhelmed to think clearly. Tommo showed me my own room and did a little tour through the house before we all came together to have dinner. 

The first night ended not very spectacular because we all have been pretty exhausted after such a long drive. But when I was laying in my bed in this beautiful house I couldn't believe that I really was in the Finnish countryside. My heart was jumping for excitement! The next day was my birthday and I couldn't wait what adventures it would bring!