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Found it Lugia010719d1 found Aaltokangas - Oulu Alphabet-A

Friday, 03 January 2014Finland

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Because of many circumstances that I couldn't influence I got 4 years behind in the logging of Geocaches. In the meantime the logging has split into 3 parallel branches, so that I could keep up with more recent geocaches, while the oldest streak of unlogged caches got older every day (about half of the geocaches found are already archived, but fortunately I got photos of every cache, so if there is ever any doubt, I can send photoproof).
This batch of unlogged Geocaches is actually my first stay in Finland where I got as a student through Erasmus system for 4 months. During my stay in Finland I found exactly 550 caches (116 on a trip to Turku and the rest around Oulu). Since I bought a bike for easier travelling, I got everywhere in Oulu by bike or by walking, travelling 1572.219 km in total and reaching many interesting and hidden places.
I have assembled a photomap from my tracklogs (slightly censored) here:
Even though it has been already 4 years, this stay in Finland was the best part of my life so far. Finland is an amazing country with all the cold weather, ice, snow, darkness, revontulet, Metal music, sauna, birches, mushrooms, swamps, lakes, makkara and so on. I happen to feel there more at home than in Czech Republic, so eventually I began learning Finnish language and hopefully one day I will be able to move there and work there for a few years.
By the time I was leaving Oulu, I had found vast majority of all Geocaches in Oulu, including some of the most difficult D5 and T5 caches. It was great fun, staying there, meeting local geocachers at events or searching for caches together. Hope to see you one day again.


Day 133 of 139:
On this day I had no plans, and as it was dark most of the day, my day/night cycle got completely switched and at 2 AM I was still programming and solving some mystery caches.
And then suddenly a new geocache got published - GC4W19Q - Oulun Linja-autoasema. So I wenrt there, met Kapeka and togetjher we went for a few other new geocaches that got published recently.

coTTF with Kapeka
After successfully finding the alien-ish new cache nearby, this was the last new cache for today. A small (or rather micro) bonus after the adventure.
I am actually not sure if its TTF or STF, but since the second log in logbook had different time than the first one, I asssume we were the third group. That makes it an FTF, then a STF and now a TTF, a complete collection :)
This cache was very easy and also very classic. I think this kind of implementation perfectly fits with the beginning of the alphabet. The beginning. It is a good cache for beginners. It would be interesting if the progression through the alphabet would make the caches more complex and adventurous :) An alphabet starting with the easiest cache possible, ending with something like, for example, GC1752X - Lapin sotaan lähtijöiden muistomerkki.
I am actually glad that Oulu now gets its own alphabet as well :) It was beginning to get weird when almost all the cities I have visited in Finland, had their own alphabet (Including Rauma and Raahe), but Oulu did not. After Oulu got its 0km cache as well (I heard there used to be one in the past, which had been archived), the only thing missing is a Railway Station cache. Even Kempele got one recently.
So, together with a sewer cache (or under-bridge tunnel cache to be exact) that I found afterwards, this concludes probably my last adventure in Finland, since I will be leaving in a few days.
Thanks for all the caches in Oulu and maybe see you on letter B or Railway Station cache if any of them suddenly appear before 9th January.
And also, TFTC
Kiitos Kätköstä / Thanks for the cache

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infoThis is the original cache type consisting, at a bare minimum, a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container, ammo box, or bucket filled with goodies, or smaller container ("micro cache") too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page is the exact location for the cache.
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