Oulu, Finland, and Odessa, Ukraine, have been sister cities (friendship
towns) almost 40 years. As a translator of my hometown Oulu, I've got
to know people from Odessa and became friends with Natasha and Lena.
My longterm friend from primary school Liisa got to know them too. Now
as pensioners we had an opportunity to make a return visit to Odessa.
We lived at the Natasha's place and got to know the ordinary family
life and heard historical and present-day stories. Our Odessan friends
were the specialist guides introducing the Odessa's sightseeings and
You can also follow Raija's adventures in:
All sites of our travels:
Japan, Northeastern Brazil, Goa West India, Gambia West Africa, Canary Islands - Spain, Odessa Ukraine (Raija & Liisa), Southern Norway, Sweden - Stockholm, etc.