Polish really do take their Christmas seriously. The Christmas market that used to be just on Freedom square has now expanded to Old Market Square. There is also Christmas decorations everywhere you look.
On the Old Market Square there was an international ice carving contest. There were contestants from different countries making these huge and beautiful ice sculptures. The market was full of people and it took me 30 minutes to get out from the crowd. You just had to move with the mass and couldn’t actually decide where to go. At that point I thought it’s better to go home and try again the next day. So the next day there were significantly less people so it was a lot easier to move around and you actually could see what all of the booths had.
We celebrated Finnish independence day with team Scandinavia. They have never heard of ”Linnan juhlat” before, so I invited them to watch it with me. Fortunately it’s possible to watch it with Swedish commentary (and my coworkers understand Swedish) so I didn’t have to translate everything. And a little tip to Yle. It would also be nice to have English subtitles if someone would like to show it their foreign friends who don’t speak Swedish. It was nice to see how truly interested they were on how Finland became independent and what other traditions we have other than watching people shake hands for two hours. 😂