I was very suprised that for a town twice the size of Kendal, almost everything was closed on Sunday, so I shan't ramble on about it 'cos it was a really boring day. The best thing about it was my room mate for the night, a teacher from Thailand who was very excited by the fact that I was English. (You from ingland, wow, that cool, you really? inglish, wow!) and we ended up talking for over an hour and learning about each other's countries. We swapped emails and she kindly gave me some pictures of Bangkok for a present, then took a picture of me to show her friends!
Yesterday was the best day of the trip so far - the moomin themepark! At breakfast that morning I got taling to a few people who were also going to Naantali (where the themepark is) so me, Valerie from Canada and Yayoi and Yoichi (whose nickname was Yo!) from Japan set off to get over excited about white hippos. It was such a nice day which made walking round the little picture perfect seaside town really enjoyable, and after we walked over the bridge to the island where Moominworld was. After a scarily overpriced entrance fee, only me and Yoyoi and Yoichi actually went in the park. We had such a fun time, and had arrived just in time for a theatre performance. As they didn't speak much english, we ended up pointing at things and colapsing in fits of gigles as we had no idea what was going on (the play was in Swedish) and the people dressed up in Moomin suits looked so funny running around the stage with bits of scenery toppling over.
The whole park was for kids, so there wasn't much for us to do except walk around the island. We bumped into Moomintroll, Snorkmaiden, Little My and Stinky and I got my picture taken with Moomintroll (aka hot and sweaty guy in suit). We explored the Moominhouse, Moomin Papa's ship and then went to the shop and the post office, the only place in the world where you can get the moomin stamp on your mail! After a few hours there really wasn't anything else for us to do, so we sadly departed from the island back over the bridge and walked back to the bus stop to return to Turku. Though we did get to have lunch on this gorgeous beach with views to rival the lake district.
I had a great time not only for the moomin-ness but the fact that I got to spend the day talking in french and Japanese, and it was a great chance to practice all the self-teching I'd done. Best of all Yayoi and Yo understood me! I have also developed a great Japanese accent when I speak English, and I only realsised when I met the fourth English person of the whole trip that night that I speak very slowly and use lots of present tense and simple words for people who know only bit of English can understand. :)
Will post pictures when I get home!
Today I have been round Turku castle which was stunnning and so huge it seemed never ending. This afternoon I shall sleep and be lazy as I've been walking at least 8 miles a day for the last three weeks and I'm sooo tired! Lock outs at the hostels start at ten, so lie ins are sadly not an option, bof.
Tomorow I get the ferry to the Äland Islands and I'll be there for two nights, not sure iff I'll be able to get internet access, but I'll be in Stockholme by the weekend anyway. Looking forward to cycling round the íslands and lounging on the beaches.
anywhos, ciao for now, xXx