Finnish Olympic Shopping Team Visits San Diego in 2000 — Post 679 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

  I am unable to assist it, I am unable to do a wordless submit! That is one in all my favourite pictures:  

This image is of the second go to of the Finnish Olympic Buying Crew to Chula Vista.  It was taken in our lounge in November 2000.
These younger women had been skilled consumers and vacationers, to not point out geologists!  They visited Chula Vista in late October 2000 on their method residence from their graduate research at a Washington state college.  The picture reveals, from the left, Milla, Randy, Mia, Linda, and Ulla.  Mia was one in all our change ladies in the summertime of 1994 and now we have saved in contact along with her since then.  
Milla, Mia and Ulla attended the college in Oulu in Finland and spent the summer season of 2000 in Washington state in a discipline research course that counted towards their levels.  Once they arrived within the USA for his or her summer season lessons, they purchased a well-used station wagon as a result of they knew they wanted area to journey all through the western USA with soil samples and rocks that they might use for his or her graduate program again in Finland.  They ended their research in Washington in September, after which traveled by means of Washington, Oregon and California sightseeing and seeing mates.  They stopped at my daughter Lori’s residence in Santa Cruz, and made it to the Grapevine (I-5 in Los Angeles county) when the station wagon gave out.  Triple-A towed the station wagon to Tami’s home, the place they left it on the road close to daughter Tami’s home in Lengthy Seaside.  They unloaded the automobile and I feel bought it to a junk supplier.  A number of days later, Tami and James loaded their two vehicles, and met us in San Juan Capistrano for dinner, transferred every little thing to our two vehicles, and we drove them to our home.  The three ladies settled into our three additional beds for about two weeks, and we had a beautiful time sightseeing (Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World, La Jolla, Level Loma, Coronado, and extra) and studying about their research, lives and journey experiences.  They bought to expertise the tense election evening in November 2000 with us and realized a bit about our election practices.  Since their automobile was kaput, they wanted a experience to Dallas, insisting on going by means of Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Carlsbad Caverns, the place they’d aircraft tickets to fly residence to Finland.  One of many ladies had a brother in Dallas, so he and two different younger males drove all evening to San Diego, loaded up the women and their stuff, and off they went.  They caught their aircraft and, I am certain, had loads of tales and laughs to share the remainder of their lives.  
We have now seen Mia a number of occasions since – she was in Finland after we visited her and her dad and mom in Tornio, and she or he has been in San Diego twice on enterprise and now we have met for dinner and sharing each occasions.  Having change college students was top-of-the-line issues we ever did as a household.  Mia is married with two kids now, and I see her on Fb usually.  

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