Despite the economic downturn our company has arranged a party this year as well. We have visited Jämijarvi, a cottage village north of Tampere.
As I have arrived from Helsinki to Tampere on Saturday morning, the first thing that I noticed was that it was much colder in Tampere than in Helsinki. Later on I figured out that whenever there is a weather forecast for Helsinki, the area near the Baltic Sea where I am living at the moment has much warmer temperature, usually 5 degrees centigrade more.
But the bus has arrived quickly, in addition I grabbed a cup of coffee so I did not feel cold. Upon arrival the people were divided into several groups. We were told that we would go through a number of activities. Our group has visited them as follows.
First we had to play Hanoi towers game with 5 disks. As I remembered the algorithm for solving this problem from high school the task did not present any difficulties for our team. We were able to move the disks in 2 minutes and 36 seconds. I thought we were moving pretty quickly and did not expect any other team to improve our result. However, later during the day a couple of other teams were able to do it faster, in part because they probably knew our time. But there were other people also who spent significantly more on solving this puzzle.
Next stage was arch shooting. I didn’t hit the target at all, the arrows went mostly up. However, later during the day I was able to make another attempt and it was more successful.
Then there was horse riding, a kind of break after two difficult assignments. After the horse riding we had a test drive on quadricycles. I learned how to switch the gears including the rear gear. These quads are actually pretty fast, especially when you switch to the forth gear. I guess riding on them is a bit like riding a horse because you have to hold it really tight.
Then there was a boy-scout kind of stage. We were asked to build a trap for animals. We have digged a hole and covered it with leaves.
Last but not least we tried to drive the RC cars. It was a lot of fun. We had to drive several laps trying to avoid hitting the obstacles. As our team was doing this exercise in the end, we knew the score of the previous teams and were able to improve on it.
Overall, our team finished third. Then we had nice lunch, then went to sauna. In the evening there was a concert of a rock band and after midnight there was a fire performance, a gorgeous show with fire eaters. I have posted the recording to YouTube.
Next day we were in a spa hotel and then during the afternoon we came back to Tampere. It was raining on Sunday and we were thinking all way long how lucky we were on Saturday. The weather on that day was sunny. It looks like everybody enjoyed this party with lots of fun, drinks, and food!