First stop Helsinki for a night and of course I had to visit a puzzle shop! Nothing for me though. Can you tell how cold it was there? Next stop Jyväskylä and a bit of intensive study before I headed off to the puzzles.
It was just as fun as last year and there was no disappointment at all. This year the FPP was located in Turku along the southwest coast of Finland. It's a very beautiful city and I enjoyed walking around it with my husband. (Did I fail to mention he came along?)
We first went to a mathematical exhibition at what I think was an art center. We had a bit of a guided tour, and while most of the items on exhibition I had seen before, we did get into a good discussion about why balls travel faster down different planes, and there was a really cool dice counting thing that I had never seen before. You dump around 40 dice on the table, roll them then line them up randomly. Start with the first di and count that number. As you go through the dice, you should end up with a few remainders, discard those, roll the rest again and restart the count. You will then end up with no remainders. I don't know what this is called, or why it happens, but it is sooo cool! I was fascinated by it. It was also great fun to watch the boys playing with bubbles!
From there we headed off to a school to do a bit of talking and playing with puzzles. Of course Tomas was selling and I managed to get a few toys myself. Once again it was a good haul!
After we went to a man's house...Sorry, can't remember the name. We puzzled for another 4 or 5 hours, had a late bite to eat and headed home. While there, I managed to find an original price list for the Berrocal's I love so much. How I wish I had discovered them 20 years ago!
We had some good fun playing with tops and various other what's its.
I can't wait until next year. I hear it's going to be near a puzzle shop I went crazy in last year!
Next stop: Copenhagen and a little shop that had to be found and a short visit with Oskar and José.