A foggy day

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* fallen leaves on the road.

* teardrops on the leave.

* on our way to get coffee, say hi to Uspenski cathedral.

* I don’t remember how the harbor looked like in summer anymore :(

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Birthday week

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*Birthday rose :) First time celebrating my birthday in FInland. It was lovely.

*Birds on the tree come from the North, winter really isn’t far anymore. Windows are frozen in the morning and night.

*We got our first snow. It wasn’t much, and because the temperature wasn’t cold enough, it melted quickly. But I saw these two dogs walking in the snow, they were so cute.

Quiet days

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campus

These are the days for hot tea and sauna. Fallen leaves made a new golden carpet for the street. It’s the week before autumn break, so everyone is busy with exams and papers. However, today something interesting happened. While we were watching TV, the breaking news said that in western Finland a bear had left the forest and was walking on the street. Police warned everyone to stay at home and contact the authority if they see the bear. Apparently this is nothing new in Finland: they either wait for the bear to return to the forest, or escort him back. To Finns, bear is a sacred animal. Pagan Finns used to believe that bear came from the stars and had the ability to reincarnate. Today bear is the symbol of wilderness and nature, but also a beer brand in Finland.

Nurmijärvi

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This weekend we went to Nurmijärvi to visit Olli’s parents. Whenever I come here, I always see many small animals. This time, we saw several kinds of birds; they were fighting with each other for food. When we were driving on the road, I saw colorful trees, cottages and some horses. It reminded me of  T C Steele’s paintings. Autumn was wearing one of her glamorous gowns this afternoon, even the sun brought back warm memories of late summer.