Steve and Linda Sander's Trip to Finland
Thursday, June 7, 2001 -- AM
Kim was back from work and we visited him, Anu and the kids, two floors down. Kim is a nuclear engineer and
is also working on a second master's degree in chemical engineering. Anu also is working on masters
in chemical engineering and taking care of two babies, Nikko, two years and Nora, almost two months old.
Kim works at the nuclear power plan near Rauma where Anu's mother also works. He and Anu first
met there when they both had summer internships. Kim loves his work. He optimizes how the plant
is run. He wrote a computer program that makes power plants run more efficiently, and power
companies throughout the world are buying it. He does a lot of travel in his work. That's good,
because Kim loves to travel. He has been to twenty-one states in the US. He has visited
the family in Cuba. He was recently in South Africa for a friend's wedding. He and Anu and the kids are
going on a trip to Germany soon, and the whole family is coming here next year, we hope.
It is because of Kim's interest in meeting family that we all got to know each other.
Western Finland was colonized and ruled by Sweden for hundreds of years. Kim's family are
Swedish Finns - they speak both languages. Anu's family is a Finnish-speaking family (but Anu also
speaks Swedish). Both speak English very well.
Our touring started with Turku Cathedral, a 750-year-old church that is breathtaking inside.
Then we walked into the center of the city to see the flower-produce market. Then lunch at Harald,
a Scandinavian restaurant.