As we say in English, I do not let grass grown under my feet on my trips because I have know idea when I will be back--if ever. While I pack it in, the house in Lahti was just a nice place to chill out.
The Turku Castle:
The next year, would you believe, I got an offer from Tampere? No, I didn't go, but I wouldn't rule out a second home exchange in Finland at all. I would really like something towards the north (but only in summer please!). So, if you're from there and want to swap with Washington DC, all you have to do is ask early and you're in.
If you would like to read further about my crazy travels, you need to look no further than: http://altecockertravels.weebly.com/. When not writing under my real name, I have a career online as the "altecocker". The website will explain what it means if you give me a click (hint, hint).
At the end of the trip, I did spend a few nights in Helsinki and did the obligatory day trip to Tallinn. I also went to the opening night of "Mary Poppins" in Finnish. The next day--the last of the trip--I spent running around trying to get a copy of the poster for the show. Success! A copy of that poster is now on the wall in my dining room. It gets a few second looks from guests when they realize it is in some foreign language they don't understand.