Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We have been in local newspaper Volksstimme in Stendal

This is the newspaper article from today! We talk about our time in Finland! Thank you Maria and Susanna for your help!

In the sauna country with ice igloo palaces

Two Playmobil males moving to the World / Today: How the Finns endured the winter
They do it five years already. Although the Playmobil guys
Hans and Paul live in Stendal, their Foster father John Kloss
sends them since 2009 continuously arround the World. In our series, "Two on a world trip" we show today: Winter in Finland.

By Sibylle Sperling
Stendal ● In an igloo, as in their last trip to Finland, the two backpackers have not been accommodate this time. Instead, they went into a small
town in southwestern Finland, to Salo.
Not even a snowflake had been at this time at Salo where it can be 20 degrees C below zero, writes the 21 year old host mom, Maria Klen. "It was boring." Downhill skiing, ice skating, sledding and cross-country skiing – the winter hobbies of Finns just need one condition: Snow. Maria, it is difficult to write, as the Finns spend their winter, but the typical activities are quickly identified: Stay in the summer house to enjoy a warm environment in the winter - in front of the fireplace or in the sauna. "Life here is simple and beautiful," writes Maria. In Christmas time they have been with their family in grandfathers summer house, reading books near the fireplace or baking cookies in the kitchen. "This has tradition on Hans and Paul trips," says Stendal John Kloss, foster father of the two Playmobil guys. "The host families cook or bake for her local food." Crepes in France - this time in Finland rolls, really tasty when Maria writes about winter treats in Salo. "We fill bread with cranberry jam, whipped cream and marzipan. Yum! "
Press conference with the Finnish journal “Menaiset”
But do not worry! Hans and Paul know the snow - even in Finland. When she had visited two years ago, Susanna Mattheiszen in Imatra, there was plenty of it! Just in April. Relaxing walks in nature over the big frozen lake Saimaa Suur or relaxing sauna evenings - the two Playmobil guys also have experience in exciting things. At a press conference with the women's magazine Menaiset, which is comparable to the number of copies with the German "Brigitte," her host mother Susanna was very busy. On the Internet, the 40 year old finn sells beautiful, handmade little things, designs and builds traditional doll houses with tiny wing chairs, buffets and antique stoves. A Doll's House, exactly the right location for Hans and Paul, who had not only there felt like home. "Of course Susanna built them also a traditional igloo, in which they have slept," says John Kloss. His backpackers have made winter holidays as many tourists Finland: they come to relax in ice igloos, enjoy their nights at 20 degrees below zero - wrapped in skins and sleeping bags.
John Kloss has come to know the Finnish artist on the Internet. "On one hand working platform. My wife gets there for their own work inspirations." Sometime Kloss has established there a Hans and Paul group. "Because I've found that women are the most reliable host for my mothers backpackers there." "Mousewifes" (mouse relative to the computer mouse) they would also called.
"Most are women with children who spend a lot of time on the Internet because their husbands are away on business." Soon Hans and Paul have an anniversary. Then they are five years on the road. Where in the world this will be celebrated, is not yet clear.

under the big photo:
Their long cold winter the finns not only stay in the sauna. They enjoy comfortable in the house by the fireplace. Otherwise, they spend their leisure in the snow - while skiing, tobogganing or ice skating. Photos: private

in the green box:
Holidays in the igloo snow palace
When the temperatures drop to minus 20 degrees, palaces arise from ice and snow worldwide. The Igloo artists are doing many things: Domes, pointed arches and towers that are up to 20 meters high.
Of course, Finland has the Igloo holiday. The Snow Castle of Kemi at the northern end of the Gulf of Bothnia was first built in 1996 and made it into the Guinness Book of Records.
Since then it is changed annually in style. In addition to 18 double rooms, restaurants and shops, there is also a chapel inside. You will sleep in sleeping bags at five degrees below zero environment.
The season 2014 is going on there from 26 January to 6 April. Overnight stay in a double room costs 125 Euros per person.

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