Kauhava and the Glamorous Gaala
Recently (meaning about a month ago) I was able to go back to the lovely town of Kauhava and participate in their school Gaala. A Gaala is like prom in that you go with a partner and dance, but that is where the similarities stop. To participate you must learn multiple dances, buy a gorgeous ball gown, and attain a partner. Lucky for me, I was invited by my good friend Kalle to be his "avec", which is the equivalent of his date, to this dance. Because Kalle is 18 and this dance was for the 2nd year 17 year olds, all of the 18 year old 3rd year students were treated as honored guests to watch the main dancing performance, and then take part in the free Waltzing at the end. I dresses up in a pretty dark green dress, and had to quickly learn how to dance. The whole night was lovely, I spent it dancing with my friends and Kalle. After the main Gaala event everyone went home to change into more comfortable clothing and headed to the "after party". Here we hung out with friends and danced to pop music. The entire night was fantastic, and it is another amazing memory I will have of Finland.
From Right to Left: Kalle, myself, and Tuomas.
Taken after the glamorous night.
From Right to Left: Elina, Tanja, and myself.
Two of my favorite people! They were a big part of why the night was so much fun, I am so lucky to have met them this year.
My beautiful Italian girl Angela! She is one of my closest friends, it was wonderful to share the night with her.