After I came back to Helsinki,I was supposed to meet the host of couchsurfing. As it’s first time to meet host in this travel , I couldn’t help being excited to meet her although we already contacted each other when I was in Japan.
At that time, I didn’t have foreign friends and didn’t have the opportuniy to interact with foreign people so much although I sometimes saw foreign people in daily life.
Despite the situation, I decided to use couchsurfing and stay in their home alone .
When I met the host , she looked excited to see me as well. She might have thought the same as me about visitor from foreign countries.
After we met, she took me her home. Her home was really nice as I saw it on her profile of the couchsurfing. I was excited to come to the place .
She gave me some food and drink . we talked each other about our lives and the reason I decided this travel. She also talked about herself.
It’s really precious experience to visit foreign countries and stay in their home and share our experience each other . I think that it’s one of good advantage to use couchsurfing ,not accommodation.
After dinner, she showed me around the city. I said to her that I wanted to go to the location of my favorite Japanese movie “Kamame Shokudou”
Before I went for the world travel, I saw this movie in Japan. Since then, it’s my best Japanese movie. There are some location of the movie in Helsinki although almost all of Finnnish don’t know this movie.
She took me the restaurant and the book shop used in the movie. There were many Japanese in the place as I expected. We had a coffee in the cafe with the bookshop used in the movie.
I went to Moomin world in Naantali. I went to the station of tram in the morning .The tram is well developed here in Finland. So it’s really convenient to move around the city.
I met Japanese woman in the tram stop and asked if this tram go to central station. she said that she’d also go to the central by the tram. So we got on the tram together and talked on the tram. She said that she came to Finland for vacation.
After the journey of about three hours with tram and train, bus, finally I arrived in the Moomin world. There were many children there. I thought its not the place for adults. But anyway, I enjoyed the place feeling as if I were a child.
I could meet Moomin here. It’s really exciting to meet local character in the original place like Santa Claus.
After Moomin world, I went back to Helsinki. I was supposed to go back to Taina’s home soon. But as I got lost on the way. Besides it was raining at that time. I was late almost an hour to go back to home despite its just fifteen minutes distance on foot.
After I went home, I went to Sauna installed in her apartment. In Finland, the Sauna is installed in almost of all apartment.She told me about the culture of Finland in the Sauna. She said that almost all Finnish have their own cottage and go there on vacation with friends , family to relax. I imagined Finnish life listening her story in the Sauna.