From Picnics to Prison
Published: July 4, 2019
The first full day for our new villagers was one to remember! Villagers swam, ate good food, played games, crafted, and took part in our Karjala simulation.
It was a real hot and sunny day so the ranta (beach) was bustling.
We are trying something new here at Salolampi! It is called valinnainen oppitunti (elective learning hour). We want to provide our villagers with learning experiences that can be applied and integrated into their lives outside of Salolampi. Villagers could choose to take a class about Finnish linguistics, Finnish arts and crafts, domestic sciences like Finnish cooking and baking, Finnish music, church history in Finland, a book club, science and engineering (taught in Finnish), and a few general Suomikoulu classes! So many great options!
Directly after valinnainen oppintunti, it was activity time!
For dinner we had a picnic! On the menu was makkara (sausage), pitaleipä (pita bread), salattia (salad), suolakurkkua (pickles), and mustikkapiirakka (blueberry pie)!
For our iltaohjelma (evening program) villagers participated in a simulation about how North American Finns returned to Soviet Karjala under the impression that there was opportunity there. Unfortunately, that was not the case. As the situation worsened, many Finns looked for ways to escape to Finland or across the Atlantic.
We had so much fun getting to know our new villagers today! It was the perfect way to kick off the start of our week together.