Thursday, 7 of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
By Hasina Mjingo
Its 8:30 in the morning, the (18) FCP participants are having their breakfast at Elli Luoma’s main house. It’s easy to know where the kitchen is located. All you have to do is follow the wonderful aroma of variety of food such, bread, eggs, fish, salad and porridge just to name a few.
We spent the night at Elli’s farm houses which are located somewhere in Ilmajoki at Vanha Loukasmaki, the houses are a bit isolated, but they had a beautiful surrounding with small ponds of water and a breathtaking view of green vegetations.
After having a wonderful breakfast we visited Atria food processing company which was an eye opening for most of us. I mean here was a place with more than 10000 workers and yet there are big machines that do most of the work; the company produces tones of packed food.
Passi Luostarien, the group vice president of the company took his time to tell us how the company become one of the biggest Meat processor, and also with a huge turnover of 1,270 million of Euros while Hanne Kortesoja, head of communication took us around the company explaining what and how machine works.
As if that was not enough, the company arrange for us to have lunch at their cafeteria.
Yes the moment we have all been waiting for arrived, time to learn all about the Finnish baseball.
We arrived at the baseball field at two in the afternoon; the weather was not that good few drops of rain did not stop us from having fun.
We started with an introduction of the game a coach who was kind to explain how baseball in Finland is different from that of united state of America. As someone who has never played baseball let alone watch it on television I never notice the difference but according to the coach there was.
After the discussion we had to learn how to play baseball the Finnish way.
We were taught how to catch the ball and how to throw the ball, it was fun as each one of us had a chance of throwing and catching the ball the Finnish style.
Before departing to Rovaniemi we had 30 minutes for shopping, which went well as people went through different shops looking for something to buy. And later on we boarded the train to Rovaniemi.
It took six hours to reach at the railway station at Rovaniemi.