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Summer cottage - zen

My favourite place in the world is my family's summer cottage. 

Our summer cottage is situated on an island in the lake Kallavesi, in Kuopio. The island is called Saunasaari, which is quite a quintessential island name. In Kallavesi alone there are at least three different islands called Saunasaari. No wonder, cause going to the sauna truly is one of the best elements of cottage life.

Our summer cottage was built by my grandfather, and it consists of one room (serving as a kitchen/dining-/living- and bedroom) and a sauna. There is a separate building, that my dad built when I was a child, with one room that serves as extra sleeping quarters. The toilet is an outhouse. The cottage has electricity, but no water, so we always bring a couple of canisters of fresh water for drinking from land. The summer cottage life brings back to basics: Life is just about eating, sleeping, going to the sauna  and swimming. 

Some people like their cottage life busy and full of all sorts of handy work. M…

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