Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Visiting the Finnish Olympic Shopping Team in 1999 -- Post 381 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting old (and sometimes new) family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here are some of the most precious (to me) images from my Seaver/Leland photograph collection:

In August 1999, we went to Scandinavia on vacation.  We visited Stockholm in Sweden, Tornio, Kuopio and Helsinki in Finland, Tallinn in Estonia, and Oslo, Voss and Bergen in Norway.

Our visit to Finland was the highlight - we got to visit the families of our two foreign exchange "daughters" - Mia from Tornio and Anna from Kuopio who were with us for three weeks in 1994 in Chula Vista.  We only had one day in Kuopio with Anna and her family, but we had a wonderful time reliving the good times from 1994 and seeing the sights of Kuopio.

The four girls we interacted with (Mia, Anna, a girl from Denmark and another from Italy) in Chula Vista really enjoyed going shopping at the mall with our daughter, Tami, who had a car.  They went so often that we called them the Olympic Shopping Team.  Chula Vista has an Olympic Training Center which they also visited.  

1)  Here are Linda, Anna, Aila (Mia's mother) and Mia atop an observation tower in central Kuopio:

2)  The Olympic Shopping Team from Finland receives their Olympic are Anna, Linda and Mia receiving their socks.

3)  It rained that evening - here are Anna, Linda, Randy and Mia smiling in the rain:

We have stayed in touch with Mia, who is married now with two children, but we have lost contact with Anna.  

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