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Old 08-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #15
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:00 AM   #16
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thanks for your mail, nice to hear the story about kekkonen and your connection to finland, 2 weeks ago I visited in kekkonen`s presidential home (tamminiemi helsinki) its museum now, your parents are from did you mean rovaniemi north finland,
southwind I bought from naantali is my winter project, it have been on same place few years, anyway I drove it home 100 miles no broblem, I took the gas from canisters from passenger floor and some other tuning needed, some work needed also inside but not so bad, I hope its on the road in next summer, powertrain and everything else is very simple and everlasting, parts are easy to find and repair.
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:27 AM   #17
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No, my parents just visited relatives up in Rovaniemi, it was my grandparents on both my mothers and fathers side of the family who immigrated to the U.S. (Saari (mother's heritage), Juntunen (father's heritage).

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Minä olen kanadalainen, mutta minun ensimmäinen vaimoni oli suomalainen, joten minun täytyi oppia kieltä tietää, mitä hänen vanhempansa ajattelivat minusta.

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Old 08-13-2012, 07:32 AM   #19
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Paiva!

Lived in Lahti for seven years and taught in Kerava among other places. Thought about buying a travel trailer or mobile home, but you are right, gas was 1,28 a liter when I left. Besides, public transportation beats the US hands down. Where do you live? If I had just a little more Finnish heritage in my blood, I would still be living in Finland. Moi.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:34 AM   #20
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Hi ! thanks for your mail, we live just in lempäälä side 10 minutes from tampere to south, gas price is now 1,65-170 thats why I`m planning to drive with 50% RE85 + 50% 95, RE85 costs now 0,99 per liter, maybe later put diesel engine in, by selling 454 cid + TH475 trans I can buy easy crashed diesel/auto project, but next summer we goin to drive with original powerline, this summer we drive with travel trailer, because last year we sold our smaller rv, and now this southwind I founded from www.nettiauto .

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Old 08-15-2012, 04:29 AM   #21
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Gas took a bit of a jump since I left. Question. Had once thought of buying a small motor home while living in Finland. Was never quite sure if the Finnish "Every Man's Right" law opened up the places to park it for a day or two. Liked Tampere. Decent shopping along the town centre where traffic is closed off; pizza off one of the side streets wan't bad either (better than Kotipizza, anyway). Good luck on your project.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:50 AM   #22
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gas price yesterday 1.65, diesel 1,48 euros, everyman`s right to camp is difficult, because someone ones the land, but we normally sleep overnight in the middle of cities, this summer in turku riverside free parking 24 hours, normally there is 5 to 10 small rv`s, in naantali streetside park free overnight from 6pm to 8am, in daytime it costs a little,every town have these places to stay overnight with low profile, when you travel you find these places and ways, when we need waterservice, sauna, shower we use camps, rv union campings have low price,
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:49 PM   #23
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Ah yes, Turku. I remember it - the anchor (as I recall) art in the river, the quint restaurants near where the RVs were parked, the boat restaurant across the river, the fort and so much more. To an American. that would be like having an RV parking spot along the Chicago River in Chicago and within walking distance of the Mag Mile shopping area. Also used to go from Turku to Stockholm every summer to tutor a Russian diplomat and his family in central Sweden. Diesel here is more expensive than gas (benzine). All in all, Finland (Suomi) is one of the best kept secrets of the western world. An RVer here that likes the pristine outdoors would find it heaven and filled with fascinating history.
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