Vesanto Things to Do
There are two marked paths in Vesanto worth checking. The one starts in the village centre and, in principal, goes round the Vesanto Lake. It is called Sisä-Savon retkeilyreitti. However, I recommend you to walk to a resting place in Asinjoki or Hämeenjärvi, and after having a good picknick, to turn back. It is also possible to stay overnight in the lean-to shelter of Hämeenjärvi - or rent a cottage owned by the local scouts. The other path, Patoveden kierros or Patovesi Trail, starts in Sonkari (or Tiitilänkylä) village. This village path is 8 km long and goes around the small Patovesi lake. It has two campfire places but neither of them are really suited for camping. Both routes can be found in the internet map.Related to:
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Ravintola Sonkari is both a restaurant, a pub, a bar, and a dance restaurant - depending on the day and evening. The reasonable lunches during the week are ok, but the Sunday afternoon buffet can be recommended. For 7 euros (in 2006) you get plenty (as much as you can eat!), and usually good food - salads, pizzas, a meat dish, etc. The meny changes a bit from Sunday to Sunday.
As Vesanto has about 2600 inhabitants the night life concentrates in the village centre on Friday and Saturday nights. More or less everybody is known and knows each other.
The young people keep driving around the village centre or sitting and having fun (?) behind the Shell service station. Some evenings there is the municipal night cafe open for them. The adults, those who are not bathing in the sauna and swimming in the lake somewhere out of sight in the woods, are drinking, singing karaoke or dancing in the local bar-restaurant Sonkari.
There has to be something very special going on in the village if there is any night life in other nights. Ask someone as all the information is provided in Finnish only.
Dress Code: Very free, especially for men. In the restaurant coats are not allowed. You have to leave the coat to the doorman and pay ca 1 euro - or you leave your coat in your car and save a euro...Related to:
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The bus connections to, from, and in Vesanto are rather poor during the school holidays. E.g. the nearest railway station is some 50 km away in Suonenjoki but there is no bus connection. The bus connection to and from Kuopio works but seldom. Check www.matka.fi to find the choises available. In summer, during the berry season, the locals are often willing to take hitch-hikers as the bus situation is well known, and as the berry pickers usually don't have a car of their own. Please do not hitchhike alone! The area used to be safe but in the summer 2006 one weirdo did rape at least one berry picker (in Suonenjoki, I think, not in Vesanto). You never know who is reliable...Related to:
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This little shop in the centre of Vesanto village sells berries and potatoes, tomatoes and onions, breads and buns, jams and juices, flours and canned meat, fish and kalakukko - most of them really fresh and locally produced. The shop sells local handicrafts and acts as a tourist info. In the cafe table you can meet locals and check the newest newspaper (well, in Finnish)... In winter the place is open only a couple of days each week.
What to buy: Bread - try the dark traditional rye breads (in Vesanto they are rather sour - you either like them or not!), or the flat potato bread.Related to:
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