Into Seinäjoki: Entrepreneur Story – Mokka Market International Food Shop
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by Mark Wiltshear
1y ago
This episode is something a little different, I hope you enjoy it. In partnership with Into Seinäjoki & E-P WIISE ry, I interviewed my friend Mohammed Al-Marrani about his journey from the countryside of Yemen to the plains of South Ostrobothnia. He explains his dream of being an entrepreneur, his integration into Finnish society, the help and guidance he received to start his business and his plans to grow Mokka Market in the future. Guest: Mohammed Al-Marrani, Mokka Market https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057121463256 Into Seinäjoki video: https://youtu.be/uCkU1GB0SVE Audio/vid ..read more
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The History & Tradition of Tar-making in Kuortane
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by Mark Wiltshear
1y ago
Part one of a two-part episode... When I asked about visiting the "Terwaviikko" (Tar Week) event in Kuortane, I was quickly introduced to Michael Hutchinson-Reis, a fellow Londoner in Finland, who is now firmly involved in the Lions Club of Kuortane that organises the weeklong tar-making event that takes three years of preparation. Michael invited me to visit the tar pit in Kuortane a few times across the week, to learn how tar is made and to witness different stages of the tar-making process. In this episode, Michael explains how wood-tar is produced and the great cultural and historical impo ..read more
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Exploring Katikankanjoni with Glenn Murray, The Nordic Tourist
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by Mark Wiltshear
2y ago
Meet Glenn Murray, The Nordic Tourist, who will be my collaborator during the upcoming season of Explore Finland Radio Show. In this episode, Glenn introduces me to Katikankanjoni in Finland's Wild West, a natural canyon with running water all year round, even during months of sub-zero temperatures. Katikan kanjoni is located in the area near the Kauhanevan-Pohjankangas National Park in Etelä-Pohjanmaa. This podcast recording has a companion video, in which Glenn and I visit Katikankanjoni. This is published on The Nordic Tourist YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/mDcnqx-DQGc Check out Glenn's ..read more
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A Guided Tour Of Culture Centre 'Vanha Paukku' in Lapua
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by Mark Wiltshear
2y ago
Part one of a two-part episode, I undertake a tour of the Kulttuurikeskus 'Vanha Paukku' with two expert guides; Susanna Oversteyns, Cultural Director and Sakari Hanhimäki, Museum Director. HUGE thanks also to Anu Haavisto, Leena Sarjola and Anniina Kivimäki for the impromptu, live performance of some haunting Finnish folk music. Mahtava! Show notes & links ..read more
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SF-Caravan-Kalajärvi: A Year-round Family Resort & Activity Centre in South Ostrobothnia
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by Mark Wiltshear
2y ago
I was invited by Päivi Nurmikoski, to visit SF-Camping-Kalajärvi in nearby Peräseinäjoki. She introduced us to the caravan park itself and all the facilities , activities and entertainment for her family, that make them return here almost EVERY weekend, all year long. They love it here, maybe you would too. Blog: show notes and links  Guest: Päivi Nurmikoski at SFC Kalajärvi www.caravan-kalajarvi.fi/ ----more---- FEELING SOCIAL? Facebook page www.facebook.com/explorefinland Instagram www.instagram.com/markwiltshear/ YouTube www.youtube.com/channel/UCvzxW3QitfJtfFVwDfmAzGw   ..read more
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Finnish Rugby. Seinäjoki Rugby. Snow Rugby!
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by Mark Wiltshear
2y ago
I speak with Olli-Pekka Tuomaala & James McDade from Seinäjoki Rugby club talk about rugby in Finland; the history of the game in Finland, the development of rugby in Finland as a summer contact sport and how Finland is no longer the worst National rugby team. We also discuss the annual snow rugby competition because, if rugby isn’t a tough enough sport, the Finns have found a way to take it up a notch. Show notes & links ..read more
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Finnish Sauna Festivals - live at Kalajärven Saunafestarit 2019
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by Mark Wiltshear
2y ago
Recorded back in summer 2019, I was welcomed to experience my first sauna festival by the organiser of Kalajärven Saunafestarit, Tero Knaapila. Tero talked me through the origins of this event and what one can expect from a sauna festival. He then took me into his converted motor home sauna (which is still road legal!) before a cooling dip in Lake Kalajärvi. Blog: show notes and links https://explorefinlandpodcast.com/2022/05/09/finnish-sauna-festivals-kalajarven-saunafestarit/ ----more---- FEELING SOCIAL? Facebook page www.facebook.com/explorefinland Instagram www.instagram.com/markwiltshear ..read more
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Pyhävuori – The Holy Mountain of Alajärvi
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by Mark Wiltshear
2y ago
In this episode, I am joined again by Craterologist, Teemu Öhman, to revisit the subject of Pyhävuori. It's an area overlooking Lake Lappajärvi, that is full of geological interest and historical mythology, featuring trolls, hermits and a sacrificial stone. From the ice age to modern days. Following this recording, Glenn Murray and I went out to explore (and as you can see in the video) get slightly lost on) the holy mountain, Pyhävuori. 0:00:00 Introduction 0:01:15 Where is Pyhävuori 0:01:15 The Preserved Rim of Pyhävuori 0:03:10 The Geology of Pyhävuori 0:07:48 Uhrikivi - the sacrificial sto ..read more
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A Guided Tour of Kyrö Whisky & Gin Distillery
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by Mark Wiltshear
2y ago
In part two of a two-part episode, I speak with Kalle Valkonen , Co-Founder and Head Distiller at Kyrö Distillery. He gives me a personal tour of the distillery, taking me step-by-step through the distilling processes of both Kyrö Rye Whisky & Kyrö Napue Gin and answering questions, such as: What is malting? And what are the 'heads and tails'? Show notes & links ..read more
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A Tour of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta
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by Mark Wiltshear
2y ago
Part two of a two part episode (you should probably listen to part one first!) In April 2021, myself and Glenn Murray visited Art & Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta in Seinäjoki. This building has a varied history, an re-invigorated present and, surely, a long future bringing art, craftwork, culture and community to Seinäjoki. In this episode,  Päivi Alaniska and Elina Teitti take me on a tour of the venue. Starting with the areas that are always open to the public; the art & craft workshops, the Taito art shop and Äärella restaurant, we then make our way upstairs and visit the cont ..read more
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