Nordic Walking - Experiencing The Nature In Finland

Blooming Lingonberries

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A Short History Behind Nordic Walking

In the 1990's when Finnish cross-country skiers were training in the summer without skis, they instead walked with poles just like they were skiing. Because of doing this exercise, a new type of walking was invented in Finland in 1997. It was called Nordic Walking.

Nordic walking is very effective and burns almost twice as much calories as normal walking without poles. In Finland Nordic Walking is very popular.

I've been thinking about writing this hub for a long time. I think it's a really interesting subject and it's a good opportunity for me to share another piece of Finland with you. Somehow I find it very difficult to write about Nordic walking. This hub is a result of two hubs that I combined.

I've been exercising Nordic walking myself and I feel like I should start doing it again on a regular basis. What I need is a kick in my butt to get started. Maybe this hub can get my lazy body away from my computer and out on the roads walking with my poles.

So, here we go, after this rumbling start. Prepare for a different story with some more rumbling. Don't take this too serious.


About Mons Kallentoft And His Books

On Mons Kallentoft's homepage you can find this information about the books he has written:

In 2007, Midvinterblod (Midwinter Sacrifice) - his fourth novel and first venture into crime fiction - was published to great acclaim and quickly became one of the bestselling books in Sweden. His second book about police inspector Malin Fors, Sommardöden (Summertime Death) was published in May 2008 and was followed by Höstoffer (Autumn Sonata) in May 2009, and Vårlik (Spring Remains) in May 2010. The fifth book about Malin Fors was published in June 2011 and is called Den femte årstiden (The fifth season).

In 2011 Midvinterblod was translated into english (UK and Australia). The Malin Fors crime novels are now translated into more than 15 languages, but the rights are sold to even more countries.”

A Typical Finnish Summer Night

It was this typical Finnish summer night. Everyone except me had fallen to sleep. It was late. I was a little tired but longed for that fresh air outside.

It had been raining a couple of times earlier during the day. Now the sun was shining behind the clouds. I looked in the mirror, yawned and thought to myself: ”It would be so nice to just brush the teeth and lay down in my bed with the great book I had recently started reading”. This book is written by one of my favourite authors, a Swede named Mons Kallentoft. He's a crime writer with the ability to touch his readers in a way I only can admire. It's raw and beautiful at the same time. Right now I'm reading his book called ”The fifth season”.

I looked in the mirror once again and said to myself: ”I really want to enjoy that fresh air and take a walk with my walking poles”.

Walking with poles is something I've done before, but it was a long time ago. With two small children I have been walking with our stroller or twin stroller. Now that the children are bigger, I can enjoy my walks alone. It's a new life for the philosopher in me. I can wander around with my poles and thoughts all nights long if I'd like to.

I put on the right clothes and shoes and took my poles. The poles are old, but they still do their job. After all, they are just a couple of poles, used to walk with.

Blueberries

This is when I was picking some blueberries outside our house the other day.
This is when I was picking some blueberries outside our house the other day. | Source

Pickin Berries Is A Benefit We Have

What a benefit it is to step out on the doorstep and you just need to take a couple of steps - and there you have all kinds of wild berries growing. I pick berries every year. It's something I grew up with. We have blueberries, lingonberries, rasberries and some berries called bog whortleberries or northern bilberry. Thesa last are not very common, but they grow on our backyard. Some of the finest wild berries are cloudberries. They taste like heaven. It's hard to find them nowadays.

Cloudberries

These berries are hard to find. They grow on wetlands. They have a very special, delicious taste. Cloudberries are great with vanilla icecream.
These berries are hard to find. They grow on wetlands. They have a very special, delicious taste. Cloudberries are great with vanilla icecream. | Source

Enjoying The Nature

One of the things I love most in life, is to be out in the nature, enjoying everything around me. Even mosquitoes can be fascinating. If someone feels they have a lack of mosquitoes, we have plenty here. Just come and get them! They are here from May to September. After that the snow season starts. I'm very generous giving away snow too. You can come and get some of that if you live in a place were there is no snow. You can practice some typical Finnish cross country skiing on your snow and learn how to use poles. That will prepare you for an adventure of Nordic walking.

This night, I went out and closed the door behind me. I didn't lock it.”Who on earth would come to this place were I live that late in the evening?”, I thought, and I don't think anybody did. As I stood on the doorstep, I took a deep breath and started walking with one pole in my left hand and on in my right. Every time I put the poles in my hands, I'm reminded of the fact that they are old. The real poles for Nordic walking have one pole for the left hand and one for the right just so you get the right grip. ”Who cares”, I thought. ”I won't meet anyone out on the roads looking at my ancient walking poles this time of the day ... or night”. Happily I started walking. And I didn't meet one single person walking, jogging or on a bike. I was alone with only the sounds from nature and that inner voice telling me how good life is. Right here. Right now.

The sun had not set yet even if it was late. I chose to walk on a road that has no traffic. It's a private road in the woods leading to a road with traffic. I felt that I had to be alone with the nature for a little while. I had only been walking for a couple of minutes, when I saw the rainbow with all its beautiful colors. First I saw the right side and then the left side. In the middle, the rainbow was broken by pink clouds floating on a blue sky. This was amazing. The only thing distracting me as I walked and looked up to the beautiful sky, was a bird that scared me when it flew up from the ground just beside me.

Birds often do that if they are on the ground and get scared. I wish I could be able to tell them not to scare me back just because I scared them. every time I try talking to birds, but they don't seem to understand me. They are very ignoring. Except for one time when a swan bit me in the toe because of jealousy. That story could be a totally different hub called ”How To Avoid Swans From Biting You In Your Big Toe”.


Wool socks
Wool socks | Source

Bright Nights And Wool Socks

It was after 10 p.m. in the evening when I had went out for this walk.

Now in July the sun sets around 11 p.m. And rises around 4 a.m. where I live. In June the sun is down for only two ours. This is why I love these Finnish summer nights. They are bright and they never seem to end. It's very enjoyable. That's how I always remember them, the summer nights from the past.That's how the summer nights always used to be, isn't it? Or maybe my memory is playing a trick with me.

The reality can be cruel when you realise that you should not have washed all your winter clothes and put them somewhere safe until the winter comes again. Sometimes you should need more that one pair of pants and a warm jacket in the middle of the summer – especially if you're sitting outside in the middle of the night. In some rare cases it can be warm during all night. I don't think that has happened this summer. It has been an extremely cold summer and it has been raining more than any summer before in some places of the country. Where I live, we have had better luck and not too much rain. Yet I haven't experienced one single day with a heat you can't stand. Sometimes we can have that, when the heat comes from Russia.

This summer the wind has been blowing straight from the North Pole and straight on my skin that hasn't been covered with warm clothes – after all, it's summer. Why dress like it would be winter. Wait a minute, why not? The result has been a body filled with goosebumps. My brother sometimes says: ”If your head is stupid, your body will suffer”. In this case that wound mean I'm stupid all the times I choose to wear summer clothes just because it says summer in the calendar.

In Finland you can never wear too much clothes. I'm not going to mention how we dress in the winter. It would take too much space here and too much of the readers time because of all the layers with clothes. In the evenings I have put on my wool socks even during summertime. I may have become wiser as I have gotten older. I actually wear one pair of wool socks as I'm writing this. My aunt always gives me one pair at Christmas and one pair on my birthday. I'm glad my aunt cares for my frozen feet. What would I do without her? I have at least fifteen pairs of wool socks and I couldn't live a day without them. And I'm not kidding here. I wear two pairs on the same time in the winter. There's not room for them in my shoes, but I bought really super warm shoes last fall and they were wonderful to my cold feet when it was freezing outside the past winter. Yes, I'm a person who seems to be freezing all the time. I wonder why I was born in this country. But do you know what? I'm really happy to be living in this country.


This is where the car accident happened. Maybe that woman looked at this house and drove off the road.
This is where the car accident happened. Maybe that woman looked at this house and drove off the road. | Source

There are many small companies around here. The unemployment is below three percent. One of the companies I passed on my way, as I was walking, is a company that builds boats. They also make different kind of spas and these houses you can see on the photo above. This round house has a ground floor you can use as a sauna or storage. It's up to you what you do with it. On the second floor you can sit and relax and enjoy some good food or just hang out with some nice people. As a Finn, you wouldn't think of having anything else than a sauna downstairs. Finland - the country of saunas.

Freedom And A Car Accident

I have to tell you, it was wonderful this night, even if I didn't touch the rainbow this time either. I always imagined doing that. And speaking of imagination; I love to set my thoughts free when I'm out walking alone surrounded by trees, birds and a beautiful sky. I love the feeling of thinking of everything and nothing. That is freedom. During this walk I got so many ideas for hubs I want to write. I wish I had the time to put my plans in action. I even started to think in English. That was probably not caused by the walk, but rather the fact that I have spent too much time on HubPages. Wait a minute. Is that even possible?

When I had been walking for a while, I came to the road with traffic. Well, I saw one car on that road in five minutes as I walked there before I turned left to walk on a smaller road again. This is the countryside in Finland. There are not too many cars driving around late at night. I passed a place where there had been a car accident a couple of days before. Imagine that – hardly no traffic, but a car accident. The road was straight where it had happened and one car with one single driver had somehow landed upside down with her car. I read in the newspaper that she wasn't drunk, but even if the car was upside down, the female driver tried to get in the car and start it. The police suspected she was high on some mediation or drugs. It's scary to know how many times I have been walking where this accident happened. I'm glad I wasn't walking there when she came driving that day. It's pretty rare that car accidents happen on a straight road in the middle of a summer day. It did this time and I heard the ambulance coming for the second time this day. That is something that's rare too. Hey, this is the countryside in Finland. Nothing ever happens here.


Where The Moose Are Being Butchered

I continued walking with my poles and came to this house where the moose are being butchered during moose hunting season. As a little girl I used to go here with my dad at nights to see how many moose they had been shooting that day. The moose were hanging from the sealing and the men from the moose hunting team were cutting these big creatures into smaller pieces. The floor was drenched with blood. As a little girl I never really reflected over this. It was all natural to me. I enjoyed spending time with my dad. When we went here he always used to ask me if I want to come with him when he's going to see if they have been catching any fish today. Lol! Fish was his word for moose. I love my dad's sense of humour. Wherever my dad went, I went. I was daddy's girl.

This Bin Is For Clean Recycling Paper

Here you can throw "Clean recycling paper". In Finnish that is "Puhdas keräyspaperi" and in Swedish "Rent returpapper".
Here you can throw "Clean recycling paper". In Finnish that is "Puhdas keräyspaperi" and in Swedish "Rent returpapper". | Source

Recycling

Right after I had passed the moose butcher house, I came to a place where you can go throwing garbage. This is garbage like bigger things you don't need anymore. This is a type of garbage station. It's open one day every week. This is the countryside in Finland. If you are in a hurry throwing away things you need to drive to the nearest town, where this type of station is open every day – probably not on weekends, but probably five days a week.

In Finland we are very aware of recycling and it's very important where you throw your garbage. In every household we always have one black plastic bag for ”wet garbage” and one white plastic bag for ”dry garbage”. In the black bag you can throw things like old food and diapers. In the white you can throw packages made from paper and plastic, but also fabric. At my work where we use plastic glows, we throw them in green bags. You'd better not be color blind id you want to handle garbage the right way here in Finland.

When you go shopping groceries, you can buy plastic bags that are white on the outside to put your groceries in. When you reuse them as garbage bags, you can turn them inside out if you need a black bag for wet garbage. They are black on the inside. Black bags can only be black, but white bags can be some other color and have text on them. If you for example have a yellow bag with a red text on it, it counts like a white garbage bag. Black garbage bags can't be anything else than black.

You can't throw glass, cans or bottles in a black or white bag. Next to the grocery stores you will find places where you can throw glass bottles and jars, cans, batteries and paper and old newspapers. Cans and bottles that can be reused are taken to the store and you put them in holes in machines. Then you'll get a receipt that shows how much money you get for them. You show your receipt at the checkout and get your money. The money you get for returning bottles to the grocery store varies. A big bottle of lemonade costs around 2,50 Euro and you get 40 cents in return for one empty bottle.

That was small parenthesis about how we recycle things in Finland. Like you would ever need it!


Recycling Station

Here is the station where you can throw away your old stuff.
Here is the station where you can throw away your old stuff. | Source

About Nordic Walking

Cross-country skiing is popular in Finland and in the Nordic countries. Some children hardly learn to walk before their parents put skis on their feet and poles in their hands. I'm not even kidding. In Finland children are skiing already in daycare. Everybody owns a pair of skiis, just like everybody owns a pair of Nordic walking poles.

I can't really remember when I bought my walking poles, but it's years ago. The poles have changed during the years and I'm sure I would feel more motivated with a new pair of poles and good shoes. That's probably all you need to get started. And there's this old Swedish saying ”There are no bad weather, just bad clothes”. That means with the right type of clothes, there's never an excuse to not go out even if it would rain nails.

I guess in the US there isn't very usual to go out for a walk. Here in the Nordic countries people do it several times a week. Walking is the easiest type of exercise. Walking, walking with poles, running, skiing with in-line skates with or without poles and riding a bike is what you see people do on the roads here in Finland.

Satisfaction

After passing this recycle station I continued walking. The clouds where moving fast on the sky. A mosquito bit me, I met a car – the second of three cars I saw during this one hour walk. Right at this place where I was walking, watching the sky, I felt so good. I now came to the soccer field where I spent much time as a little girl. I used to go there with my older brother to play soccer. Now I'm here once a week with my own son, when he goes to his soccer practice.

With only five minutes left of my walk, I passed my parents' house. I saw they where still awake. I took a deep breath and thought to myself: ”I wish everyone could be able to feel this satisfaction I feel right now”.

This walk may have resulted in an awkward dream I had the following night. I'm not sure. My imagination is always running wild. Sometimes I wish I could lock it all up and throw away the keys. That would put an end to my dreams both night and day and I could concentrate on the reality for a while. How about that? I would write hubs that aren't out of line like this one.

I'm not sure what the message with this hub is. It was just a little experiment to see what it would be like writing straight from the heart combined with a half finished hub about Nordic walking.

Just one last thing:

Do things you love! It will give you a satisfaction that is beyond your imagination.


Nature In Finland

I just had to turn around to see this in the other side of the road from the garbage station.
I just had to turn around to see this in the other side of the road from the garbage station. | Source

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Comments 44 comments

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Finland sounds fascinating, Made. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt experiences and I will hopefully have the chance to visit one day! Voted up!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi midget38, Finland has its pros and cons. I really hope you could visit this country one day. There are trees and trees and trees, and saunas by the lakes. Thank you for taking time to read this. I really appreciate your comment.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I just finished reading abou your beautiful world and it is full of delight, wonderful wildlife and historic and ancient tales.

I still learned even more from this interesting write.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

shiningirisheyes, I was happy to find comment here by you. I'm glad you found it interesting. Thank you for your loyal follow.


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Farmer Rachel 4 years ago from Minnesota

Made, thanks so much for sharing these pieces of Finland with us! I especially love the part about picking berries - I have wild blackberries, raspberries, and wineberries here, and go picking every summer too. And speaking of saunas, at my family's old farm they have one, but last time I visited there wasn't time to fire it up. Hopefully next time!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love walking and jogging. Good combination to support my health. I really enjoy reading this hub. Walking among beautiful region like in Finland seems to be an amazing experience. I hope I can visit your country one day. Vote up. Cheers, Prasetio


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Farmer Rachel, I'm glad you liked this. We seem to have much in common. I hope you can be able to go to the sauna. It's so refreshing. Thank you! :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

prasetio, here you are again making a comment and I so appreciate that. Now I really like being close to the nature. I used to take that for granted. Finland is a peaceful place. Thank you for voting!


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well Finland is so deep, mysterious, beautiful and enchanting because you make it so in this most arresting travelogue of lovely images and engrossing stories which literally took me away to a far off land in a time and place that I shall never forget - because your precious soul and labor of love is written all over this hub and that makes it - a slice of hub heaven for me - lake erie time 5:44pm posting this beauty to my FB group Let's just talk music or cinema - and sending you my warmest wishes


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

epi, Nature is something that has always fascinated me. I really like being out there by myself to absorb everything there is to absorb. It does something to me that makes me feel relaxed and at the same time filled with thoughts. I actually picked some cloudberries yesterday and I can tell you - they were really, really, really good. Thank you epi, your comment MADE my day. :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well talking about berries - lately for breakfast with coffee I've had wild berry cream cheese with my bagels ......and yes I agree with you about nature - it is a daily gift from god and offers humanity the yin and yang in our existence and I know all about that up here - living 100 feet away from lake erie - as my mum used to say - you can hear the silence - but right now - lol - it's In my time of dying by Led Zepplin ......loud


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Some people don't understand the beauty of nature. It probably depends on where you have been growing up. I grew up where I live now, but I've also been living in two different cities for eight years. I liked that too, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoy listening to the silent nature. Your mum was right. :)


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Madeleine, such a beautiful country. I knew a U.S. Marine who was stationed that the country was boring. I beg to differ. There is a quiet solitude, a serenity about it. I could live there right now! My favorite band is GusGus, and I don't mind snow or mosquitos.

Glad to hear your not going to be lazy anymore. Nordic walking looks fun, but I'm sure the soreness afterward isn't. Thank you for sharing.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

A.A. Zavala, I think you can find beauty anywhere. Sometime you just need to look for it a while before you see it. You need to have a positive attitude too. I'm not sure I would like Finland if I hadn't grown up here. I most like the fact that it's easy to find somewhere to be quiet surrounded by nature. Everybody doesn't like silence.

Nordic walking makes you a little sore, but it's a good feeling. Nothing beats the feeling that you've done something good for yourself or for other people. Thank you so much for your interesting comment. :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Fantastic Made! Those cloudberries look so rare and beautiful!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

unknown spy, that is a nice comment. I like cloudberries. We mostly pick lingonberries and blueberries here in the woods. Many people pick lingonberries and sell them. Of course we eat them too.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

See, I love hubs like this one. Great job Made! You have given us another glimpse into your country and the culture. I read every word and loved the pictures. Well done my Finnish friend!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

This is a crazy hub, but I'm a little crazy too, and I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for reading. :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I loved this hub! Loved the pictures, loved the narrative---just a beautifully put together hub!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you AudreyHowitt, it's a little different than my other hubs and I was afraid people wouldn't like it. I really appreciate your opinion. :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love your hub! It was all straight from the heart. I love to walk in the country here in Oklahoma. We live in the country and I love to be out in nature. I wrote a hub about taking a walk in the country. It was just as your is, narrating a beautiful and peaceful walk in the country. Instead of walking sticks, I had my camera. Voted this up and awesome! Have a beautiful day! :)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

sgbrown, I should read your hub. Nature is a wonderful place and it's always good to bring the camera with you. You'll never know what you'll find. Thank you so much! :)


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Break of Dawn 4 years ago

Made, I feel right at home in this lovely hub of yours. Sweden is after all not so different from Finland when it comes to the nature, wool socks, moose hunting, recycling stations, cloud, lingon, blueberries and yes, walking with poles. I hardly see anyone walking around without the poles any more, lol. My dear Finnish friend, the message with this delightful hub is to do things you love, by writing straight from the heart - And you did that in a most beautiful way. Thank you! Kram på dig - Hugs!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Break of Dawn. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about in this hub. I really appreciate your comment and that you stop by even if I'm not a very active hubber right now. I will be back when I don't have so much studying to do. Kram! :)


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Thank you for taking us with you on your walks. I almost feel that I visited Finland!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi mollymeadows, thank you for joining me on my walk. I appreciate it. :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I could almost feel that I was walking by your side. A wonderful hub and your obvious hard work certainly paid off.

Eddy.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Eddy, thank you for reading this hub. It's one of my favourites even if it's odd. I enjoy taking walks with my hubber friends. :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible, voted up! The sights are most beautiful.


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

DDE, thank you so much. :)


AudraLeigh 3 years ago

I received a pair of poles for my Birthday last yer...for hikig. I have been dying to go out and go walking. I think I may do a little nortic walking rel soon! I wish we had endless dytime hours you talked about...that would be so wonderful! Please continue to take more and more pictures...they are very good :) It was a very good hub...well done!


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Audra, I hope you can try your poles soon. I haven't been using mine during the winter. It's getting dark here early in the days this time of the year.

I'm taking pictures all the time, but my camera keeps disappointing me. I'm glad you liked this hub. It's a little different. Thank you Audra! You are a wonderful person. :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Madeline,

I have always been fascinated by Nordic culture. I did not know about Nordic Walking, thanks for sharing your first hand experience.

Have a great weekend.

Cheers


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Vinaya, thank you for stopping by. I recently bought a pair of walking poles for my dad when he turned 72 years old. It's never too late to start nordic walking. Have a great weekend Vinaya! :)


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Madeleine, your passion for nature and the desire to get out walking is a blessing for the readers. This delightful narrative was so 'real' that I felt like I was on the walk with you down the wonderful Scandinavian countryside. Sprinkled with memories and reminiscences this ramble is an absolute gem. I'm glad I came by- awesome/ shared.


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Charming....I am reminded of my visit to Finland and the sun that never set in June!


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Docmo, it's so nice to see you here. Reading your kind comment makes me smile. I'm so glad you like my rambling hub. I really love spending time in nature and I'm glad I live so close to it. Nature gives me an inner peace and strength. Thank you so much!


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Scribent, May and June are wonderful months to expeience the light here in Finland. I could stay up all night long this time of the year. It's now 11.30 pm, and it isn't even close to dark outside. Thank you so much for stopping by to read this hub!


Ausseye 3 years ago

Hi MadeInNature:

My what a walk you had , after being kicked in the butt

It felt like a life well lived and include blood and recycling

Having someone who loved you on the walk seemed perfect

And the warmth of your socks was a family engaged

Centred on a night you took a stride with nature and nurture

Not locking the door, which I do all the time was a faith in nature

It felt a perfect world where you and the world touched a rainbow

It colour bedazzled this reader


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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Ausseye, nice to see you stop by again. My world is not perfect, but I really like to concentrate on the good things in life. I'm thankful for all the things I have and all the things I'm surrounded by. I'm now sitting with an open window listening to the birds singing outside. The rest of the family members - including my cats - are sleeping. Sometimes the simple and free things in life are the best. Thank you so much for you comment!


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Astra Nomik 2 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

What a delightful journey through nature, kind of planned but not planned and spontaneous. Walking poles sound a lot of fun. What a wonderful country you live in. I enjoyed this hub. :)


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Made 2 years ago from Finland Author

Astra Nomik, I really like walking in the nature. Sometimes I even leave the road to walk in the woods. It's so peaceful. I'm glad you enjoyed this little journey. Thank you!


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada

Made, I can relate. I also just love a walk in nature, too. And there are so many benefits to walking out in nature. I loved reading your tale of a walk. The part about recycling in Finland is fascinating to me. Your country is so advanced in recycling ... that is wonderful! And so cool that you use poles to walk ... I did not know about this type of walking. I enjoyed reading this hub. Thanks for sharing!


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Made 2 years ago from Finland Author

Hi prairieprincess, nature gives me strength and makes me relax. I think we are good at recykling here in northern Europe. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.

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