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Helsinki

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  • Day16

    Helsinki!

    September 17 in Finland

    Not planned! But how do you say "No plan is a good plan." Last week I decided to make a day trip to the city of Helsinki. So I was even in Finland. After a very short but funny night in Tallinn, I drove to Helsinki this morning with the 6 o'clock ferry and of course was promptly greeted by Finnish weather. Rain. After the city overflowed at about 9 o'clock, I'm driving out of the city for a coffee and a modest breakfast. So I drank a Coke in "Vaanta" and dried myself and warmed up. Now that some hours have passed and the rain has stopped I will explore the city for a while! We'll talk later. :-)

    PS: Seems like the Finnish people aren‘t energetic early in the morning. All over the ferry people laid on the ground and were sleeping!
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  • Day37

    Finnland

    August 12, 2017 in Finland

    Weiter gings nach Oulu. Man merkte am Strassenverkehr, dass wir nun wieder in bewohnteren Gegenden unterwegs sind. 🚙🚐🚗🚎🚕
    Die Tage werden wieder kürzer, die Nächte wieder länger...
    In Oulu übernachteten wir an einem Rastplatz. Weiter gings nach Kuopio.
    Dort sind wir auf den Puijo-Turm gegangen. Dies ist ein 75m hoher Fernsehturm, von dem man eine tolle Aussicht hat. 🗼
    Über Jyväskyla (für Natascha war das Shoppen dort einfacher, als für mich den Ortsnamen richtig zu schreiben) gings nach Tampere. Dort haben wir unsere Weiterfahrt nach Tallinn gebucht. 🇫🇮 🇪🇪 🚢
    Den nächsten Tag verbrachten wir in Tampere. Einer alten Industriestadt, die sich erfolgreich neu erfunden hat.
    Die alten Fabrikgebäude sind in Cafés, Restaurants, Geschäften etc. verwandelt worden. Diese Stadt hat uns beiden sehr gut gefallen.
    Am Abend fuhren wir auf den Camping nach Helsinki. Am nächsten Tag schlängelten wir uns mit dem Auto ins Stadtzentrum von Finnlands Hauptstadt. Wegen dem Helsinki Marathon war der Verkehr relativ dicht und langsam. So hatte man schon Zeit die Stadt durch die Autoscheiben zu bestaunen.
    Nachdem wir am Katajanokka Hafen parkierten erkundeten wir die Stadt bei gutem Wetter noch zu Fuss.
    Am Abend zog ein heftiges Gewitter über die Stadt, doch wir konnten uns gerade rechtzeitig in ein Pub retten. ⛈ 🍻
    Nun befinden wir uns auf dem "Viking Line XPRS" Schiff. 🚢 🇪🇪
    Übernachten tun wir heute in einer kleinen Kajüte. Olaf gönnen wir heute mal eine Nacht Ruhe von uns.🚐
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  • Day58

    Mach et joot EU!

    August 1 in Finland

    Now we are on our ship MS Princess Anastasia. In about two hours we will leave the harbour of Helsinki to go to St. Petersburg, Russia. Travelling through different countries without needing a passport is over now.

    For the next 30 days we will travel through Russia via Moscow, Perm, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulan-Ude and more.

    Jetzt ist es soweit, wir sind auf unserer Fähre (MS Princess Anastasia) die uns heute Nacht von Helsinki bis nach St. Petersburg bringt. Damit endet auch das entspannte Reisen durch die verschiedenen Länder ohne das man seinen Pass braucht. Aber natürlich freuen wir uns auf das was kommt.

    Die nächsten 30 Tage reisen wir einmal quer durch Russland bis zur Grenze der Mongolei und sehen uns unter anderem Moskau, Perm, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, den Baikalsee und Ulan-Ude an.
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  • Day53

    Helsinki

    July 27 in Finland

    Downtown Helsinki is really, really nice! We spent a whole day in the city walking around and had a lot of fun. In the national museum we became the next president of Finland, in an official Magnum store we created our own Magnum ice cream and we saw the first Russian orthodox church (I am sure there will come many more soon).
    It is still unbelievable hot up here in Finland and our accommodation has no A/C and even the windows we cannot open completely, but what would be a visit in Finland without a visit of a sauna :D and this sauna is included in the room rate!

    Die Innenstadt von Helsinki ist wirklich sehr nett. Wir sind den ganzen Tag durch die Stadt gelaufen und hatten jede Menge Spaß. In einem Magnum Café könnten wir unser eigenes Magnum kreieren und natürlich essen (verdammt lecker!), Wir haben die erste russisch orthodoxe Kirche besucht (davon kommen noch viele mehr im nächsten Monat) und am Ende würden wir im nationalen Museum tatsächlich zum zukünftigen Präsident von Finnland gewählt.

    Es ist auch immer noch super warm hier in Finnland. Leider können wir in unserer Unterkunft weder die Fenster anständig öffnen noch haben wir eine Klimaanlage... Aber was wäre schön ein Besuch in Finnland ohne Sauna? Unsere Sauna kostet zumindest nicht extra :D
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  • Day54

    Insel Hopping

    July 28 in Finland

    After our trip through downtown yesterday we have visited three islands close to Helsinki today: Vallisaari, Suomenlinna & Lonna. It was nice and sometimes we thought we were in Hobbiton...

    Nach unserer Stadtbesichtigung gestern ging es heute mit der Fähre zu drei Inseln vor Helsinki: Vallisaari, Suomenlinna & Lonna.
    Es war ein wirklich netter Ausflug und neben den schönen Blicken auf Helsinki dachte man manchmal man sei in Hobbiton...
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  • Day3

    Sightseeing Helsinki

    July 18 in Finland

    Helsinki - was für eine schöne Stadt. Das Bike stand heute fast den ganzen Tag. Wir sind durch die Stadt gelaufen und haben uns Helsinki vom Wasser aus angesehen. Sehr, sehr schön 😍❤️😍. Morgen beginnt dann die eigentliche Tour mit dem Bike. Wir werden jeden Tag unterwegs sein, ab morgen gibt's keine faulen Tage mehr. Wenn das Wetter so bleibt (und danach sieht es aus), dann wird das eine absolute Traumreise werden. Am 24.07 werden wir dann das Nordkap erreichen...Read more

  • Day29

    Helsinki

    September 18, 2016 in Finland

    In der Hauptstadt Finnlands konnten wir bei bestem Wetter einen tollen Tag verbringen. 🇫🇮☀️
    In Helsinki merkt man die Nähe zum grossen Nachbaren Russland. Man spürt eine Mischung aus Skandinavien und Osteuropa.

    Die Uspenki-Kathedrale ist eine finnisch-orthodoxe Kirche, welche seine Reize von aussen wie auch von innen hat.

    Der Dom von Helsinki ist das Wahrzeichen von Helsinki. Er steht erhoben über dem Senatsplatz und bietet einen tollen Ausblick auf den Hafen und den Market Square.

    Auf Suomenlinna fühlt man sich wie ein Hobbit im Auenland. 😊
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  • Day32

    HELSINKI, FINLAND

    May 1 in Finland

    Wow. This is a fantastic city! I have totally underestimated Finland. In 2017, Finland was rated the 5th happiest country in the world. It has one of the best educational outcomes on a global scale as well. In other words, they are doing something right.

    We are lucky to have unwittingly arrived during the public holiday of ‘May Day.’ This is a big thing here in Helsinki. On May Day Eve, the city comes alive with people. During the day it was warm-ish and sunny. We rented City Bikes and rode around people-watching, wondering why there were an increasing amount of people wearing sailor’s hats, and why the many statues all had sailor hats on. We stopped at Market Hall for some famous Finnish salmon soup (yum!) and eventually came back to the flat for a mid-afternoon rest. By 6pm we were out again, and the streets were packed! Most people were wearing sailor-looking hats (which actually are something uni-related), and all the engineering students (of which there are many) wear brightly-coloured work overalls covered in patches. Everyone seemed to be carrying a large bottle of alcohol. Buskers played accordions. There was a musician who played glass bottles. Bands were parading down the street- most notably a drum band whose conductor was dressed in an inflatable dinosaur costume. Someone had filled the main fountain with laundry detergent. Groups of students were singing. Weird and wonderful people-watching. The boys played soccer in the square for a bit. Memorable day.

    Today (May Day) was cold and rainy. The City was amazingly cleaned up after all of the partying, but it was very quiet and much was closed. A good day for doing homework with the boys.

    THURSDAY
    At the airport, about to board for Rome. It is a sunny Spring day in Helsinki, good memories. Jesse is hobbling about. He had a sore leg after a stack on the last day skiing, but seemed to be recovering. After an hour's soccer the other day the injury has reared up again. Buz reckons it may be a hairline fracture of the fibula... which you can't do much about but stay off it. Not ideal for Rome! We are looking at crutches, but the pharmacist told us that you need to get them prescribed by a doctor here. We shall see what they do in Italy!

    Ambled around the National Museum of Finland yesterday to school ourselves up on Suomi history. The gist is that it had an interesting prehistoric past, typically dark and religious middle ages where bring poor would have sucked abysmally, then found Itself in the middle of a tug of war between Sweden and Russia for its land. So pretty impressive they have maintained their identity and language. And possibly why they seem to be such adaptable people.

    Also, amazing vintage shops! Bought 3 dresses for 6 euro! I can't wait to alter them a bit when I get my hands on a sewing machine. I think only getting 3 shows my level of restraint. Buz disagrees.

    Anyway, 'kittos' Finland for a great stay!
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  • Day8

    A lesson in language

    August 19, 2017 in Finland

    Due to the close ties of Finland and Sweden in the past they basically use both languages. I found the Swedish words to be helpful as Scandinavian words can be similar enough to English to work some things out, also I've been to Scandinavia a couple of times now.
    The Finnish language is totally different, you can usually tell if it's a Fin or Swedish word.
    When I first got here I heard people saying "kiitos" to each other and did a double take thinking "I know that word!". I am a fan of the Finnish band Nightwish and they often end their songs with "Kiitos!!!" So I felt at home 😊
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  • Day6

    European breakfasts are the best!

    August 17, 2017 in Finland

    Take a look at this spread! One thing I love about Europe is they know and do good bread - brown and seedy! But they don't seem to know about toast, probably don't need to with lovely fresh bread like that.
    They also cater for gluten free but I didn't bother with a picture of that.
    It's time to get back on the bike - the hips are widening again !Read more

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