Here is a lovely postcard I received from Finland! This is a really cute postcard drawn for Valentine’s Day, or “Ystävänpäivä”. We’ll just say “Valentine’s Day” hereafter… too many umlauts (and this card even has an extra one!) The card endorses the Finnish Red Cross, as you can see in the upper-left corner, and it even came with prepaid postage! Donating blood on Valentine’s Day must be really neat because you’re literally sharing what’s in your heart with others XD Anyway, I’d like to talk a bit about Valentine’s Day in Finland (yeah I know we’re in March, but I’m just now recovering from my posting slump, so bear with me). Unlike many countries, Finland celebrates the occasion as Friendship Day, where one expresses their appreciation to their friends, rather than romantic love (although because of modern influence, there is some of that here and there). They may share words of gratitude or send cards to their friends, for example. It’s much more uncommon to see chocolates and heart-shaped items exchanged on this day – although this card has plenty of hearts and I totally dig it! I really like the premise of Friendship Day – probably more meaningful to me at this point in my life. Thank you so much for all your continued kindness, Päivi!