|The graphic shows how the ground is rising over 4000 years.|
|You can see old boat houses in the background. |
The land has risen enough that they had to be abandoned.
|Eventually these boat houses will also have to be moved.|
|Views from the tower|
We can also see the evidence of the land returning to its normal level. At first it rose at about 1 meter per year. Today, the uplift has slowed to about 8 cm per year, a little over three inches. In about 2500 years this land will rise enough to fill in the part of the Baltic Sea joining Finland with Sweden by land. We see the uplift in the abandoned boat houses in the distance. The water is no longer deep enough to accommodate the boats so they have been abandoned and the entire town was moved to its present location. This will happen again before too many more years have passed.
|Time for a snack|
|We bought a couple of presents from this Swedish-speaking woman.|
|Not much privacy, but a great view|
We stopped back at our hotel to relax a bit with a glass of wine before venturing downtown to dinner. Before eating we walked along the shoreline a bit finally deciding to eat at Faro’s where we had a wonderful fresh shrimp mixture either as an open-faced sandwich or baked potato stuffing. A Napue Gin and tonic from Kyrö Distillery was the perfect pre-dinner cocktail. Our waitress spoke perfect English without accent even using proper idioms. She told us she had been an exchange student in Minnesota where she perfected her use of English. Another of the waitresses was from the Seattle area. She has moved permanently to Finland to be with her boyfriend whom she met after traveling the world for two and a half years. She says she struggles a bit with the language, but plans to stay.
Tomorrow we are off to Turku with a stop at the Sundom Crater formed millions of years ago when a large meteor landed here.
|Buildings in Vaasa|
|This used to be the railroad station|
|A cute tourist train|
|Dinner and dessert|