Cheers! A toast to the festive season.

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Cheers! Prost! Skal! Kippis! The silly season is upon us and there will be much chinking of the glasses in celebratory toasts to the year that has passed and to the new adventures that await. To that end I decided to dedicate this short post to the way in which the word “cheers” is said the world over and here in Australia with our multicultural background.

I quite like “Prost” which I suppose is my German ancestry expressing itself and the Swedish, Norwegion and Icelandic “Skal” pronounced “skawl” (which sounds suspiciously like scull). My all time favourite however is the Soumi (Finnish) “Kippis”! It rolls off the tongue so easily and is so much fun to say! I got in a bit of practice when I was in Finland a few years ago with my friend Sara, so I can almost say it like a local.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you who have been following and supporting me since I began this blog a few months ago. It has been a big learning curve and to actually have people interested in what I have to say is very encouraging!

Stay safe, get in plenty of walks and good wine and enjoy the silly season!

And because this is my blog and it is Christmas time I am going to throw in a few photos of my visit to Finish Lapland, the home of Santa 🙂

Kippis!

 

Time to visit Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland
Time to visit Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland

Time to visit Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland

Couldn't resist the sleigh...
Couldn’t resist the sleigh…
artic circle
Crossing the line… into the Arctic Circle at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi
Kippis! Getting in some practice in Roveniemi, Finish Lapland
Kippis! Getting in some practice in Roveniemi, Finish Lapland
Hanging out with the locals at our cabin in Saariselka
Hanging out with the locals at our cabin in Saariselka

 

Urho Kekkonen National Park
Enjoying a hike in Urho Kekkonen National Park, part of the Saariselkä Wilderness extending from Finish Lapland to the border of Russia

 

hiking
An expansive landscape full of forest, marshland and low fells.

Saariselka Wilderness

walking on the fells Saariselka Wilderness
The Saariselka Wilderness is home to thousands of free-grazing reindeer and to bears, wolverines and golden eagles (didn’t see any of the later!)

 

Saariselka Wilderness
Saariselka Wilderness

 

Saariselka Wilderness

land of the midnight sun at Lake Inari, Finish Lapland. This photo was taken at about 11pm!
And enjoying the land of the midnight sun at Lake Inari, Finish Lapland. This photo was taken at about 11pm!

 

Do you have a favourite way of saying “cheers” in another language?

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Sara Westaway

    Kippis! Seeing these photos makes it feel like yesterday… Precious memories xoxo
    Merry Christmas in Finnish = Hyvää Joulua 😀

    • Yes it does feel like yesterday Sara. Would love to do it again someday, maybe next time we will see more of the northern lights. Kippis! X

  2. I have strong German roots as well, so I’ll join you in saying “Prost!” 🙂 Lucky you in having been to Lapland! That region is on my favourites to visit. Thanks for sharing these. Have a beautiful festive season with family and all the best for 2015. May we share many walks via blogs. Who knows, we may even share a walk for real one day. 🙂

    • Finland is a great country, I was very lucky to visit there. I spent most of my time in the capital of Helsinki which is a great city, but managed to get up to Lapland for a few days. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and i look forward to sharing more blogs in the new year. And yes, a walk together one day would be fantastic 🙂

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