The Christmas opening on the 19th of November 2022 was definitely one of the top three days of the four-month-long exchange journey.
Finland has always been viewed as one of the best places in the world to be for a white Christmas. No one knows how it was timed so well because the first snowfall happened on the very day of the Christmas opening. It was in one word: magical.
When I arrived at the city centre and saw the Christmas lights and the snow-covered pavement, I knew this was about to be one of the most memorable days of my life. Having lived in Singapore my whole life, I never experienced a white Christmas before and always yearned for it.
I met my friends and we went to watch the Christmas parade together. When the parade started, none of saw much because we were standing at the back of (very tall Finnish) people. However, we caught the parade when it returned from another street and it was beautiful. We even got to see dogs dressed up for Christmas!
And of course, the snow called for many snowball fights. At some point, we were all standing in the middle of the street for 10-15min hurling snowballs at each other. It most definitely was the best part of the day.
As it started to get cold and all of us were freezing, we headed to eat dinner at a Pho restaurant. The sigh of relief when we entered the heated restaurant was common amongst all of us. After we got energised with food, we headed back into the cold.
The once concrete slopes at Amos Rex were now snow-covered and that called for sliding down the slopes. It was a feat to get to the top of the slippery slope with my frictionless shoes but nonetheless, I made it to the top. All of us were bringing out the inner child in us as we slid down the slopes next to the children.
And with that, the night came to an end and was my most memorable day in Finland. Here’s to many more white Christmases!