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  • Day8


    August 25 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Ihr Lieben,

    hier ist der nächste Footprint für unser Tagebuch. Wir genießen unsere Reise und hoffen, es geht euch allen ebenfalls gut.

    Helsinki ist viel größer und viel mehr Metropole als Tallinn. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt, die Menschen sind freundlich und es gab sehr gutes Essen: viel Fisch, viel Zimt und viel Lakritz.

    Unsere Unterkunft lag etwas außerhalb des Stadtzentrums, aber der öffentliche Nahverkehr funktioniert unglaublich gut und in einer sehr hohen Frequenz, auch nachts und am Wochenende. Wir haben auch hier eine Free Walking-Tour mitgemacht und einiges gelernt. U.a., dass es im finnischen ein Wort dafür gibt, sich alleine Zuhause in Unterwäsche zu betrinken. Interessant :)
    Denn auch wenn die Sommertage lang und sonnig sind, und es traumhaft ist mit dem Boot auf der Ostsee vor der Stadt von Insel zu Insel zu fahren, sind die langen dunklen Winter doch überall präsent.

    Jetzt liegen wir in unserer kleinen Kabine auf der Fähre Prinzessin Anastasia und sind über Nacht auf dem Weg nach St.Petersburg. Geplante Ankunft ist morgen früh um 9 Uhr und wir haben das Gefühl, dass das Abenteuer nun richtig los geht. Schön zu spüren, wie sich ganz Europa als Zuhause anfühlt. Egal ob Hamburg, Berlin, Tallinn oder Helsinki. Wir hatten nie das Gefühl fremd zu sein, auch wenn wir unterschiedliche Sprachen gesprochen haben. Es fühlt sich gut an eine gemeinsame Basis zu haben.

    Aber jetzt freuen wir uns auf St.Petersburg - auf Paläste, Kultur, Kaviar und Vodka :)

    Bis bald,

    S &N
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  • Day11

    More walking

    June 9 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We see a shining church in the distance, and like crows, we are drawn to it. It turns out to be tho largest Orthodox Church in Europe. This area, Finland, was part of Russia for a time during the Tzar’s reign.

    There seemed to be a biker convention in town.

  • Day35

    Back to the city

    March 23 in Finland ⋅ 🌬 3 °C

    It’s funny how you get used to a place so quickly when you are travelling and you develop small routines the longer you stay. We had grown so used to our cabin in Äkäslompolo and it felt a little strange to be back in city hotel room. The short flight was a but rough especially on landing and very cramped. When the person sitting in front of me decided to recline I could not even read a magazine without turning to the side to turn the pages... it’s a first world problem I know.
    Well, anyway... Helsinki. An interesting place, and a very spacious city. Wide tree lined boulevards remind me a little of Paris actually, and the green and yellow trams that are similar to Melbourne. My first and very short impression is that it is lively, full of Finnish culture and art. It has given me a new appreciation for Finnish design. We feel very underdressed as we walk around in our travel clothes. I would like stay an extra day, as we really have not had a chance to explore too much, as we will have only been here for under 48 hours! Unfortunately, Saturday was a grey, rainy day with a mist that blanketed the city from early afternoon. We took the Panorama Bus to view the city from the warmth and dryness of a bus. After a spot of lunch we visited the Finland Museum of Photography and the most awesome Helsinki city library with it’s architecture that it resembles Finland’s fells. Today the sun has greeted us and a quick morning walk took me to the sea baths where locals were enjoying their ‘löyly’ in the sauna followed by a quick dip in the sea pool. A little cold for me.
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  • Day11

    Helsinki - Via Manchester

    August 27 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    We caught the train from a warm and sunny Liverpool morning to a rather stifling Manchester afternoon, where we took a walk around.

    We went to Manchester Town Hall, a massive neo-gothic pile that will probably be worth a look through when it reopens in 2024. 2024 - that’s a big renno!

    Then came the John Rylands Library, another philanthropic gesture from an extremely rich mill owner’s wife.

    Actually, the library is a magnificent building, complete with a beautiful and incredibly atmospheric public reading room. Now part of the University of Manchester, it is still a free public reference library.

    A short flight a day later brought us to Helsinki, where we met up with Don and Kim and installed ourselves in an apartment for two nights.

    After a look around Senate Square, with the Cathedral dominant from high above and beautiful civic buildings all around, we then marvelled at the markets, all full of brightly coloured fresh produce and Finnish-looking souvenirs.

    We caught the ferry out to the Suomenlinna Island Fortress and wandered extensively around, enjoying the views and appreciating the fortifications and guns and stuff. It was built in 1748 by the Swedes and completely failed as a line of defence against the Russians, who the ran the place until 1918. Only then did Finland gain its independence.

    Then we did a tram trip out through the ‘burbs, stopping at Temppeliaukion, the Rock Church, hewn out of the bedrock and a very interesting and beautiful building. The copper and glass ceiling was quite incredible.

    Tomorrow morning we have shopping to do, as in the afternoon we enter Russia -the world of the Cyrillic alphabet - and won’t be able to read a single thing.

    Next post (hopefully) will be St Petersburg.
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  • Day11


    June 25 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Zurück in der Zivilisation

  • Day16


    September 17, 2018 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    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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Kaartinkaupunki, Gardesstaden

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