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Kaisaniemi

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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 😊Read more

  • 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 !

  • Day34

    Helsinki 3

    May 3 in Finland

    Started the day with soccer in the square again. Quite cold about 2 c. Jesse might have a small fibula fracture. He has been complaining of pain from where the upper part of his ski boots were. Also he can’t walk that well. 10 days!
    We limped around the Helsinki museum which had some great Viking and Middle Ages stuff.
    Finished off the day with soccer in the square.

  • Day31

    Helsinki 2

    April 30 in Finland

    Beautiful blue sky.
    Played soccer in the main square.
    Hired bikes and ride around town.
    Had salmon soup for lunch at the markets on the docks.
    That evening there was a big party in town with all the Uni students out boozing and wearing hats!
    A great city! Everyone is very polite and friendly and speaks great English.

  • Day5

    More photos from today

    August 16, 2017 in Finland

    These photos are all about how I think about Helsinki. Clean with lots of parks, they love their statues and their bikes. Everyone seems to be out getting fit and enjoying themselves.
    I think I'm starting to get a bit of the lingo. Definitely need to know the name for coffee - Kavhia and thankyou is kiitos (key-toss). The Finnish language is so different than the Scandinavian languages so I'm pleased to see the signs everywhere have Swedish underneath the Fin name. I'm by no means fluent but I recognise certain terms from other trips to Scandinavia.Read more

  • Day27

    Café Krypta

    August 18, 2016 in Finland

    Die kleine Krypta unter dem Dom von Helsinki hat aktuell einen Café Bereich, der mit Selbstgebackenem in süß und herzhaft lockt.

    Unseren Stellplatz haben wir etwas außerhalb der City, mit Blick aufs Wasser, direkt neben einem schwimmenden Café gefunden.

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Kaisaniemi, Kajsaniemi

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