On 27-30th August we had a big international market visiting in Tornio, northern Finland. This is a market that travels around Finland since a couple years back – but I don't think I've seen it before in Tornio...? Oh well ~
I'm a guy who loves going to markets and this kind of stuff, especially when it has a more international approach, so of course I was on my way! I went there with Hasakitsuki, Jäätynyt Enkeli and our friend Marcus on the first day – which was a Thursday. The weather was nice.
|They advertised for the market on the Swedish side too!|
On the first day we arrived sorta late, so there weren't that super many people around.
|Finnish textile stuff.|
|German salami house.|
|Yep, salami everywhere!|
|Generic photo of what the market looked like. Flags were all over the place!|
|There were of course jewelry...|
|... and the typical Finnish meter liquorice stand!|
|The market area was pretty big.|
|Austrian strudel shop.|
|The strudels looked so good! I ended up buying some later.|
|German brezel (pretzel) shop!|
|They looked yummy, especially the cheese ones. They smelled sooo good...|
|Belgian waffles! *_*|
All along I wanted some.. but they were so expensive... *sniff*
|Pasta from Italy – what did you expect?|
|SLUUUUUSH!! >w< I love this shit lol.|
|Italian chocolate. I was so tempted.........|
|... I mean, look at it! ;u;|
|Italian biscuits galore!|
|More Italian biscuits. I almost bought some...|
|If you got hungry you could for example eat some typical Finnish|
market food – aka fried vendace or salmon with fried potatoes!
|French soaps galore.|
|Bead parrots were hanging from the tent's roof.|
|Spoon art necklaces!|
|Fighter plane made out of recyclable cans.|
|Steel wire saxophones.|
|Steel wire car!|
|Rainbow bead giraffe with extra-long neck!|
|Spoon art insect!|
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While all of us were stuck examining this man's art he started talking to us. It didn't take long until we had bonded a nice friendship and were talking about everything between heaven and earth!
This guy's nickname was King and man, was he an amazing person! He had that aura around him that made it really easy and pleasant to approach and talk to him; he seemed to be so down to earth, positive, genuinely passionate and with a big heart. Such a good man he was!
|King creating his art.|
|And posing for the camera! Yo!|
|He was always smiling – so full of life!|
|King playing African piano for us. It was amazing!|
On Saturday our group headed back to the market again, but this time without Marcus because he couldn't make it. The weather was once again very nice and this time –because we arrived earlier than on Thursday– there were a looot of people.
One of the main reasons Hasakitsuki and Jäätynyt Enkeli wanted to go again (besides seeing King again) was to go buy the German curry wurst.
|German sausage house!|
|The curry wurst that Jäätynyt Enkeli couldn't live without. He even did|
the whole ordering in German.
After that we checked what we had still left to explore and.. guess what?
Yeah, we saw the English fudge shop! Of course! No outdoors market without fudge!
|Inside there were...|
|.. ALL THE YUMMIES. ;O;|
|It was so hard to resist, hfdsgjrghshgjks.|
|This sign was some sort of awesome.|
And so we continued our check-everything-out journey!
|Greek food stand. You could buy some different gyros foods.|
|And of course the obligatory balloons for the kids.|
|At least one seller sold cute candy hairclips.|
With age limits, of course. :(
|Dried fruits! I love dried fruits...|
We bought some strudels and took them with us home just before we left. The sky had turned so dark and scary; it looked like a storm was on the way...
|Strudels! ♡ One cherry and two Mozart (marzipan and nougat) flavored.|
This time we mostly just went to have our lunch there (Thai food!), buy some last things and go talk witk King.
|Pastries from Marocko and possibly other southern countries.|
|They looked so weird yet interesting. Notice the "hairy rolls" to the top right.|
|A lot of different olives. |
|Those colorful snakes, omg yes!|
|German barbeque stand and the eating area.|
|Random generic market area photo.|
|Cute hobby horses!|
|Finnish shop selling Celtic jewelry.|
|This thing is crazy cool! Just look at it!|
He did say though that his next stop market-wise was in Luleå, Sweden. Hmmm.. maybe I can go see him there..
|Before we left we all bought some ice slush! Fuck yeah!|
Sorry about this messy post. I don't have much more to add, hehe.
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