Ropecon

I had the pleasure of being Guest of Honor at Ropecon in Helsinki, Finland last weekend. My husband John, Atlas Games' President, came along as my +1, and we had an amazing time together on our first real vacation since our oldest kids were born (almost 6 years ago!). The sauna parties at Ropecon are legendary, of course, but it was actually the many smaller things that made the trip really rewarding to me.

The friendliness of the people was the first thing that struck me, starting with our guide Jukka Seppanen and including the many convention-goers and staffers we met. Jukka spent three days driving us around town, arranged for a private tour of the Seurasaari open-air museum led by a guide who was a friend of his, and was amazingly patient with our tendency to take all day at museums that any reasonable person would be through in a couple hours. Back at the convention, all of my seminars had really excellent attendance, and the questions from the audiences were frequent and engaged. Staff was eager to help us, and they made us feel like a part of the Ropecon family from the very start.

The familiarity of the landscape was another thing that struck me on our trip. John and I kept comparing the trees, the rocky shorelines, and even the overcast spring weather to Minnesota's north shore, where we live. Suddenly we realized why it was that so many Finns ended up settling here ... they found a place that felt like home, and stayed there!

But it was the differences that were the most surprising, like the folk dancing at Saturday's ball that was the culmination of two days of convention-run lessons, the number of LARPs in the program, the rocking chairs in the bathrooms for nursing mothers, the blackmiths who had a working forge set up at their booth outside the convention center, the fact that attendees actually sleep in designated rooms at the convention center, and the way that sauna schedules are published in the program!

It was a wonderful, eye-opening experience, and one I'd recommend to anyone who has the chance to go. Ropecon is definitely worth the trip!



12 comments:

  1. Among other courses, tourism writing services has become popular since students seek Tourism & Leisure Writing Services and tourism assignment writing services.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Seeking psychology research writing services are very common nowadays since there are very many students in need of Psychology Coursework Writing Services and psychology assignment writing services.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It is important for business management assignment help seekers to find the best Business Management Writing Services from a reputable business management paper writing service provider for their custom business management essay services.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I provide all-natural Herbs, Health, and Skin Care Info direct to all followers. Learn more about all-natural herbal supplements and all-natural beauty products.

    Health Supplements Near Me
    Immunity Booster
    Medical Supplements

    ReplyDelete
  5. Amazing and infromative post, checkout this as well:- online environmental science tutor

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a really awesome and helpful article for me. I really appreciate your work for providing such useful information, thank you so much! here my site: waterjet mosaic manufacturers

    ReplyDelete
  7. After reading this post, I applaud the author's efforts and Enrichment Stem Program Kids am happy for the opportunity to learn about this interesting topic.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I hope that you'll contact me soon if you have any questions or concerns about our services!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Massage can bring you a sense of calm and deep relaxation. Massage stimulates endorphins, which are brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), that cause feelings of well-being.Visit female to male spa near me 24 hours

    ReplyDelete
  10. I read your article and found it is very interesting and meaningful. I would like to thank you for sharing your content with us. Are you facing problem to access your Roadrunner account because you have lost your password and want to fix the Roadrunner Password Recovery issue.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is a type of manual therapy that involves holding, moving and applying pressure on the muscles, tendons and ligaments.Visit female to male spa near me

    ReplyDelete
  12. This article is helpful for us. It's a informative blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Now it's time to avail shutters in birmingham for more information.

    ReplyDelete