Friday, December 26, 2014

Dose of Endorphines

Today, the second day of Christmas, we went ice swimming, or ice dipping if you wish. It sounds like the craziest thing ever.

We got there almost at sunset, that is at 2 PM.

 
Would you go down those stairs? We did, several times.
Turns out we were not the only ones, it was actually a really busy day at the center near Lake Näsijärvi where there's a sizey wood-heated sauna and a Place where you actually do it: get into the frozen cold lake in your swim wear AND enjoy the feeling of those "thousand knives" hitting your body. (ref. Titanic, the movie.) 
 


Amazingly, it doesn't immediately kill you, but produces a rush of blood in all of your skin and the couple of altenating heat/cold sessions make you feel like an Angel walking in a cottony substance as you head home. It also makes you hungry as a wolf and zzzzzzzzzzzzz.... oh, so well at night.

Had a great time! Even my 8-year-old nephew went into the lake three times! (yeah, I know, Finns ARE crazy.)

We left some 2 hours later, as the night was already darkening.

Pet Wagon

Christmas! Finally! Even my blog posts from October on tell their story: I had a new job. Only two posts in October and two in November. In December, none. I have been doing so much and been into so much lately - both professionally and personally. So much. But I knew there would be Christmas and rest. And there was.

This year, I came to my mom's and spent most of the time with most of my siblings (since we're all more or less thrown all over the world) and only had Bambi as travel companion on the train to Tampere on the 24th. There's some shots of our pals during the trip. Must say it was a lot quieter than kid wagons ever...