Outside the weather is fantastic. Well, currently the sky is blue and everything is melting, but it still looks wonderful and snowy. In order to celebrate this fact, Reetta had her birthday a few weeks ago. So Stella, Iida, and I decided to go over to her house and have a party. While at her birthday, besides sledding on the river and tromping around in snow (or eating cake), we did this really cool spinning chair thing, called villikelkka (wild sled) or vipukelkka (lever sled). Either way, it's fantastic, and one of the better uses for a river. Hopefully these show you what I mean.
Trivia: Here in Finland, turning 16 isn't actually that big of a deal. Since you gain no new rights (no driver's license until 18, along with drinking) it isn't that important. Of course, this varies person to person, but in comparison to the USA, it's nothing much.
On another note, fellow (Canadian) exchange student Peter lives in the same part of Finland as I do, and if you are into reading blogs, his is an excellent one to read. He updates weekly and talks in-depth about tons of subjects! Also, he has a bright red jacket! His Finnish is terrific, and he's a nice guy.
I plan on doing lots of short blogs for the time being, to make up for my lack of activity recently.