The day after Christmas, my husband and I both expressed a desire to go on vacation. Where to? Who cares. We just want to go somewhere. Now that things have died down a bit more; and life has returned to it's normal daily routines, it's time to look forward to something interesting. Travel. I love exploring new areas of the globe. Not that I've gotten outside of the United States much in my life. But, even different parts of the state I live in are part of the globe. I don't have to go anywhere far, but someplace different always seems to refresh me. I don't even have to really do anything while I'm gone. Just a change of scenery is enough.
But, I can absorb some of the cultural elements of this Scandinavian country, even if I don't think I will ever be able to hold more than the barest of conversations in Finnish. After the weekend, the sauna song has had repeated appearances in my brain. I kind of know what the words mean. Kind of. And, I can sing the song--mispronouncing words most of the way through.
Minulla ei ole aavistustakaan! (I have no idea.) I keep repeating it, practising it for the weekend. Or at least the beginning of the weekend, when my few known Finnish words and phrases are farther back at the edges of my brain. Thank goodness for google translate to help me prepare.
And when I'm all Finned out at the end of the day, I will head back to my cabin and my book. No TV or computer to interfere with my reading. Bliss.
If you can speak three languages you're trilingual. If you can speak two languages you're bilingual. If you can speak only one language you're an American. ~Author Unknown