At the very beginning of the summer, our good friend Ryan (and one of Jimmy’s groomsmen) dropped into town with his awesome girlfriend, Jackie, at the start of their European tour. They are both in medical school in Ohio, and this was their break from school. They spent a few nights on a blow up mattress in our bedroom, because it was the only room with black out curtains – and subjecting jet-lagged people to perpetual sunlight is cruel and unusual. So we had a big sleep over!
Jimmy and Ryan are pretty adorable together. One might even say, bromantic. Being around the two of them is always pretty hilarious and it never fails to be a good time. They reunited, appropriately, by shot-gunning a beer, just like their good old college days -which I think both would happily go back to. At least they were good entertainment for Jackie and me…like when they hold hands and skip through town.
Aside from showing them around town a bit, we took a short day trip out to Porvoo, an easy 20 mile bus ride from Helsinki city center. Porvoo is the second oldest town in Finland, having been mentioned in documents as early as the 14th century. In 1346, the King of Sweden visited and granted the town official rights; the town was then named Borgå, Swedish for “castle town.” The current name is believed to be the Fennicised (changing from one language into Finnish) version of the Swedish name.
Either way, the town is most well known for its charming wooden buildings along the river and through the old town, which provided a pleasant afternoon of wandering. Ryan and Jackie are pretty hilarious together, so it was like scenery and a show.
We arrived early afternoon and strolled through the old town, popped in and out of stores, stopped for lunch at Ravintola Johans (I insisted we eat here, as Johans is my maiden name and is rarely seen spelled this way. Plus it was in one of the famous old red wooden storage houses on the river) and then meandered a bit more before heading back to catch our bus.
On the way home, we stopped at the theme park in Helsinki so Ryan and I could ride the big drop ride.
It sounds like they enjoyed the rest of their tour and we are so happy they dropped in for a while. It is always so fun to have friends come see us all the way over here. It means so much to us! Obviously, we had a wonderful time!