Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Even the sky is bigger in Etelä-Pohjanmaa

We spent last weekend in Etelä-Pohjanmaa. The potato fields were flowering and the clouds were rolling over Lake Lappajärvi. I was reminded that even the sky is bigger in Etelä-Pohjanmaa. Sometimes referred to as the Texas of Finland, Etelä-Pohjanmaa has a reputation for occasionally being somewhat over-the-top.

The smell of a potato field in bloom should be experienced by everyone at least once in their lives.

Lake Lappajärvi

Hayfield under a South Ostrobothnia sky.

A side note: The residents of South Ostrobothnia like to brag about the size of their fields - they even refer to their open areas as lakeus or plains. If you are familiar with the plains of the midwest or the agricultural areas of France, I suggest that you just nod and smile and compliment them on the vastness of their little meadows. The Ostrobothnians are a sensitive bunch and hurting their feelings isn't recommended.

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