Our journey continues down a long winding road; at the end…our hotel! We are staying at the luxurious hotel named Murrikanranta. We recieve four meals a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening snack.
The hotel consists of a large front lobby, dining room, library, multiple lounge areas, three floors of rooms, a downstairs bar area with a pool table, foosball table, and dart board, patio with a beautiful view of a lake, a gym with a basketball court, pool, saunas, workout room, rock climbing wall, disc golf, laundry room, and mini golf.
The rooms are fairly normal. Two beds, two chairs, some mirrors, a bathroom, and a couple closets. The rooms are slightly too warm for my liking. Overall, this place is wonderful!
We have had some awesome meals including some traditional Finnish foods and a couple American dishes. The first night had a traditional Finnish blood sausage and pasta with meat sauce. Some dishes we had other days were Finnish pancakes, chicken noodle soup, chicken marsala with rice, steak, meatballs with french fries! and fish. All dishes had their own Finnish touch to it. On one of the evening snacks they put out orange marmalade which many team members fell in love with. I can’t forget the dessert and some drinks they served us. Dessert included ice cream bars as well as hand scooped, brownies, and muffins. The drinks were definitely Finnish: non-alcoholic beer, blueberry soup drink, and a delicious blueberry smoothie.
Monday morning we all woke up at 8:00 to eat breakfast. A couple minutes after, many team members went back to sleep all the way until lunch at 12:00. They were trying to catch up on the sleep they missed during Jukola. A couple hours after we went out for our first training in Tampere which was taken very lightly. We drove about 10 minutes out and met the Canadian team consisting of some Ottowa orienteering and Yukon orienteering. The training was just to get used to the terrain and start preparing for JWOC 2017 which is in Tampere, Finland. Once all members arrived at the finish we drove back to the hotel and got the Canadians checked in. It wasn’t too much later until dinner had begun.