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Still Traveling: Fabulous Finland

Monday, December 6, 2021 @ 11:00 amMonday, January 3, 2022 @ 12:15 pm

Zoom with us to Finland to spend time with our terrific, professional, local guide, who leads five interesting journeys in her home country.

Still Traveling

Would you like to still travel? Now you can without leaving your home – just stay still!

Let us whisk you away for an “armchair adventure” on an interesting, educational, fun & live, guided group tour in a destination beyond your front door …even beyond the grocery store!

Forget the long, masked airplane ride, we take you across the time zones by Zoom where a local professional guide from a distant destination will take us to explore sites or topics. Live Q&A, photos, graphics & video clips (when available) will transport us to the destination!

Your ticket purchase helps support our special guests – professional guides – who are mostly or completely out of work.

Still Traveling: Fabulous Finland

Mondays, December 6, 13, 20, 27 & January 3

11am-12:15pm (PT), 12-1:15pm (MT), 1-2:15pm (CT), 2-3:15pm (ET)

on Zoom

Though one of the world’s most northern and geographically remote countries and with a rather severe climate, Finland ranked #1 of 156 countries on the World Happiness Report. Come find out why!

Zoom off to this overlooked, Scandinavian treasure with trip leader James Sokol for five guided, virtual “trips” with our interesting, professional, local guide Tuula, who will share her passion for and insights about her homeland.

To “meet” our trip leader James and hear about our travel program, click here.

Your ticket purchase helps support our local guide who has lost most or all income during the pandemic.

Our Virtual “Trips” in Finland Include:

Welcome to Finland (Dec 6)

Begin our journeys with an introduction to and overview of the country. Learn why its nickname, ‘The Land of a Thousand Lakes” is an understatement. Hear about the country’s iconic wilderness. Touch on its role in modern technology (think Nokia, Angry Birds, etc.). Understand how Finland differs from other Scandinavian countries and get insights into what makes it “the world’s happiest country.”

Helsinki: Maritime Capital (Dec 13)

In July 2021, Time magazine ranked Finland’s capital as “one of the greatest places in the world.” See how being situated on the Gulf of Finland, a finger of the Baltic Sea, has influenced the growth of the city. “Visit” highlights from the waterfront to important sites sprinkled across this lovely city!

Daytrip from Helsinki (Dec 20)

Take a break from the big city with a daytrip to see nearby cultural sights including Ainola, the home of Finland’s famous composer Jean Sibelius (now a museum), and a mansion built in the national romantic style, which has its own colorful history. Visit the second oldest town in Finland – Porvoo (which dates to the end of the 18th century) and learn about its charming well preserved, wooden, old town.

Eastern Highlights (Dec 27)

Journey away from the capital toward the Russian border to visit the lovely summer town of Lappeenranta, which sits by the biggest lake in Finland. Learn about Lake Siamaa’s special, indigenous, ringed seal of Saimaa, isolated from the sea because of the rise of land. Then continue on to Savonlinna, known for its medieval fortress and its opera festival.

Jewish Finland (Jan 3)

It’s said that the first Jew settled on Finnish soil in the late 1700s. During the period of Finnish autonomy (1809-1917) more Russian Jews established themselves in Finland as tradesmen and craftsmen or retired officers from the Tsarist army. It was only after Finland became independent that Jews were granted full rights as Finnish citizens. Learn more about the Jewish history of the county and “visit” the country’s two synagogues.

Tickets & Notes:

Full Series Ticket ($62.50): Series of 5-visits (equals $12.50/visit).

Give-Us-A-Try Ticket ($12.50): Check us out by giving our first “trip” (Dec 6) a try. Single tickets are not available to subsequent trips and cannot be credited toward series purchase.

All Tickets: …are 1) are per device, not per person on Zoom, and 2) are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

The Fine Print:

Fortunately, we’ve had very few issues, but just to be clear…

Your Zoom “Event Link”: The Zoom event link will be emailed to all registered guests 2-days prior to the first tour. To help it land in your “inbox,” please add the following emails to your contacts:

  • James Sokol — jsokol@marinjcc.org
  • JCC Alliance — alliance@marinjcc.org

Registrants are requested to make sure the email w/link has arrived by the evening of Sat, Dec. 4th. If the email does not arrive, please see “Troubleshooting” below.

The email w/link will be re-sent to all registrants about 2-hours prior to the first tour. NB: However, if it landed somewhere other than in your inbox the first time, it will probably do the same later.

Have a Comcast email? Please refer to this guide: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/spam-filters-and-email-blocking-new-experience.

Troubleshooting: We will do our best to remedy any issues. Registrants who have NOT received the email w/link are asked to check their email “junk” and “spam” folders. If found, please move the email to your inbox. If the email/link is still not there, please contact James (see below) immediately.

Late Troubleshooting: We will try our best – but cannot guarantee – help with Zoom links to guests contacting James less than 2-hours prior to the event.

Live Only: In agreement with our guides, artists, instructors, special guests, etc., events are not recorded. Make-up sessions are unavailable. Credit/refund is not given for missed events.

Liability: While we will do our best to remedy any issues, The Osher Marin JCC & its Program Partners cannot be held responsible for 1) issues related to Eventbrite or Zoom, 2) ticket buyers not following the instructions above, nor 3) packing, shipping, or deliver services of food/beverages not received in time for tasting events.

Don’t ya just hate “the fine print?!!”

Questions? Email James at jsokol@marinjcc.org.

Still Traveling is created by the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) and offered by the National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance. See below for a full list of Alliance Partners.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join in our activities! JCC members, non-members, those who live near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, hair styles, fashion choices, chocolate preferences, etc. “The more the merrier!”


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