FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

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FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by nick-o-matic » 27 Jun 2021, 23:54

Dear everyone,

FEM dates are officially confirmed: :apple: :flower: :head: Wednesday 21st of July to Wednesday 28th of July :head: :flower: :apple:

Furthermore, it appears that we will get several guests that were not able to come last year! Still no "full" attendance, but looking pretty good! ^^ There still might be some uncertainties with the guests coming from abroad of course. Here some info regarding that: https://raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-borde ... g-pandemic

Anyway, still I would like to remind that safety should be #1 and I would hope that people will be careful with covid prior to arrival. Most guests (but not all) already are at least partly vaccinated so nobody probably gets badly ill, but still, if covid spreads in FEM it will basically cancel rest of the events, lead to quarantine for everyone and huge difficulties in travelling back. Not good. So please be careful and go to test prior to coming if poss/needed and so on =) Then it will be poss to have a fun meeting without stress or social distancing.

Speaking about fun meeting, there recently was some really kind words about FEM in WhatsApp by bene and FinMan!
I understand how you feel, based on the things you are saying I was in exactly the same position during 2017 when I went for the first time. But I just went and was myself and I had to do public talking in front of everyone to present recs and I wasn't even worried before that, something that has only happened to me in a fem setting. It's such a lovely and nice place. Come and don't say a word or be yourself or be what you desire. No one cares, there is no judgment or anything to worry about. And travel will be sorted out 😊
And in the end the most important thing is; basically everyone ever has felt like home there, after basically everyone doubting if they will be social enough or whatever
Very heartwarming words ^^ It is sik cool how FEM has became such special and friendly environment in this cruel world and how new ppl have been able to join effortlessly. So, if you have been sort of wanting to always come to FEM, mb come this year? =)

Who is coming?

Confirmed:
  • adi Image (full time?)
  • bene Image Image Image Image Image Image (full time?) + Ladybear Image
  • FinMan Image (full time?)
  • jblaze Image (6 nights Thursday-Wednesday)
  • Markku Image (full time?)
  • nick-o-matic Image (full time)
  • ramses Image (full time)
  • Raven Image (full time?)
  • roope Image (weekend)
  • terb0 Image (1 night)
  • veezay Image + Antti Image (until Sunday)

Tourism in Eastern Finland

Especially for people coming from other countries or more faraway parts of Finland I would recommend to do some local sightseeing. I did my best to create a semi-comprehesive list of sights to you. Because of corona this guide is partly not valid at the moment.

Koitsanlahti village:

Parikkala sculpture park (2km)
  • http://www.patsaspuisto.net/english/ | http://www.patsaspuisto.net/
  • Seriously a must see for everyone, a world-famous place
  • A masterpiece by our local Michelangelo. He created a huge sculpture park into his own yard and allowed people to visit there for free. Now he is dead and there is a small voluntary but recommended entrance fee
Café Iloinen pässi (2km) Border zone signs (1-2km)
  • Signs that tell you not to go any further to the border zones
  • Do not go any further
Local berry farm (4km) Koitsanlahti manor (Koitsanlahden hovi) (3km) Orthodox-Karelian graveyard of Koitsanlahti Parikkala/Rautjärvi/Punkaharju: Uimola smoke sauna (30km) Hinkanranta smoke sauna (67km) Kollaa and Simo Häyhä museum (30km) Papinniemi camping (60km) Simpele antique and collecting summer event 13.-14.7. (10km) Eastern Finland: Savonlinna opera festival (70km) Lappeenranta (90km) How to get there?

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If you are not coming by a car or carpooling you should first get yourself to Helsinki by plane or ferry and then take a bus/train.

Trains from Helsinki:
https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage
Price 19€ (if you book early) to ~50€ (if you book late).

Busses from Helsinki (Onnibus):
http://www.onnibus.com/en/index.htm
Price ~10€ (if you book early) to ~20€ (if you book late).
Only the 17:00 departures go all the way to onion farm (rest of them stop at Lappeenranta).

Busses from Helsinki (norm busses):
https://www.matkahuolto.fi/fi/
Price 19€ (constant price (I think??)).

Optionally, you can also fly to Lappeenranta if the few flights that exist match for you:
Arriving flights
Departing flights

If these options work for you, Lappeenranta would be the most convenient option. You basically get out of plane, show passport and get through quick security check (Lappeenranta airport is more like a bus station than an airport), take a shuttle bus or walk to train/bus station (they are close) and in one hour you are at onion farm.

You can even arrive from St. Petersburg. There are busses to Lappeenranta and Imatra and you can get a train ticket all the way to onion farm as well (train change in Kouvola).

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After you are in either Simpele or Parikkala, someone will pick you up. Simpele is preferable if you come from the south. However, not all trains stop in Simpele since this year, so you might have to go all the way to Parikkala. But all the busses stop there.

If you come by car, there are two possible gravel road routes to our farm, shown on the map. However, if you are coming from Parikkala direction or go to Parikkala to do shopping, please avoid the one small bit of road drawn in this map. It is being maintained by a local farm, and they collect fees from villagemans that use it (it is norm system in Fin countryside). However, we don't pay anything to them so we should avoid traffic which can be related to us on that road.
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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by Sunshine » 1 Jul 2021, 01:23

I will come if my car is alright for the trip, should be I just had it fixed. Dunno about days. I'm not that social but from what you said seems like its not a problem. What kind of sleeping possibilities are there? Should I bring a tent or?
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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by nick-o-matic » 1 Jul 2021, 13:20

That's great, welcome! :)

Poss sleeping places include the house, granaries, the hayloft itself and poss some barns etc. You won't need a tent but if you like sleeping in a tent it is a very good option bc then you can isolate yourself from the mosquitoes (there's lots this year, mb the heat and drought will kill them though, let's see) and noise in general (lots of ppl sleeping in the house/granary). Also better to spread ppls to diff places to sleep due to gorona.

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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by zebra » 19 Jul 2021, 08:02

You can count me out this year. But if there are some online events (like first finish cup), please inform early enough, so I can maybe participate in them. Thanks!
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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by nick-o-matic » 23 Jul 2021, 00:11

zebra wrote:
19 Jul 2021, 08:02
You can count me out this year. But if there are some online events (like first finish cup), please inform early enough, so I can maybe participate in them. Thanks!
Sure!

FEM contest schedule:

Friday: barryp onion cup, public in EOL, 21:00 Finnish time
Saturday: beer battle, FEM-exclusive
Sunday: FFCUP9, public in EOL, 20:00 Finnish time
Monday or Tuesday: danielj onion cup, public in EOL (stay tuned!)

All competitions, public and FEM-exclusive, will probably be streamed in finman's twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ddawned

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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by zebra » 23 Jul 2021, 17:39

Great! Thanks for the info!
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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by specter2 » 25 Jul 2021, 13:17

nick-o-matic wrote:
23 Jul 2021, 00:11
All competitions, public and FEM-exclusive, will probably be streamed in finman's twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ddawned
so far nothing has been broadcast on that channel

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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by Abula » 27 Jul 2021, 20:52

Is the Beer Battle results available? We arranged shadow FEM / Elma Olympics in the same weekend. I think the current life situation was hard for many to join this year.
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Post by Abula » 27 Jul 2021, 21:06

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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by Abula » 27 Jul 2021, 22:15

Grats to jblaze for being the first Triple Beer Battle Winner! It's rare to win something BIG three times in Elma.
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Re: FEM 2021: 21.-28.7.

Post by Labs » 27 Jul 2021, 22:25

Abula wrote:
27 Jul 2021, 22:15
Grats to jblaze for being the first Triple Beer Battle Winner! It's rare to win something BIG three times in Elma.
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Post by Abula » 28 Jul 2021, 00:11

Ok ok, I'll take a look at it tomorrow / this week. (Email problems are hard.)
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