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    • Day 11

      Helsinki Surprise

      May 28 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Today, my last full day in Helsinki was a surprise birthday present by Serena. Although my birthday was in March, Serena wanted to celebrate it in Helsinki so she took me to the Fazer Cocolste Co, a very large company in Finland producing a range of chocolate and food products on a grand scale. The company, still privately owned is 126 yrs old. We did a tour of the factory and were given a sample of their products. Like Whittakers in NZ, they are a cut above in the chocolate and food world.

      After the tour , we headed back to Serenas' apartment for a walk through the forest . Finns are big on Frizbee Golf, a new sport in the world. We watched a game and then continued on home for dinner. I fly out to London tomorrow.
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    • Day 7

      Gala-Dinner im Little Finlandia

      July 22, 2022 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Nach einem etwas chaotischen Start in die heutige Tagung - es gab einen Feueralarm und das Gebäude musste geräumt werden, aber glücklicherweise war es ein Fehlalarm, ging es dann mit vielen spannenden Vorträgen weiter. Abends gab es ein Gala-Dinner mit finnischen Spezialitäten, Musik und Tanz im wundervollen Little Finlandia, ein gerade erst fertiggestellter Pavillion, der zur wunderschönen Finlandia Hall gehört. Er ist ganz aus Holz errichtet und die Säulen sind aus finnischen Kiefern, die ihre Äste behalten durften und die Dachkonsruktion stützen. Es liegt in der idyllischen Töölö Bay.Read more

    • Day 5

      Einladung bei der Bürgermeisterin

      July 20, 2022 in Finland ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Nach einem interessanten Tag mit vielen Vorträgen und finnischen Erdbeeren (sic!) in der Pause, waren wir bei der Bürgermeisterin von Helsinki ins Rathaus eingeladen. Es gab eine Ansprache und danach ein schönes Buffet und Wein.Read more

    • Day 3

      Mission completed

      July 18, 2022 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Mission completed! Heute habe ich meinen Vortrag zu den Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf Pflanzenduftstoffe und die von ihnen abhängigen Insekten gehalten. Der Raum war voll, es gab viele interessierte Fragen und eine lange Diskussion. Ich bin sehr zufrieden. Nun kann ich den Rest der Woche bei vielen spannenden Vorträgen genießen und neue Forschungsprojekte planen.

      Heute Abend ein entspannter Spaziergang beim Sonnenuntergang kurz vor Mitternacht im Park.
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    • Day 10

      Helsinki Life

      May 27 in Finland ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      Today was another day to experience Helsinki after a day in Estonia. Serena and I met up with a NZ neighbours relation, Nick, who is also a NZer married to a Finn. To top it off, we met at a Kiwi owned cafe not far from Serenas apartment. The cafe is named "Stay Kind", and guess what? They made flat whites, yummy. I presented Nick with 2kg of NZ lollies sent by his sister. I also gave him two NZ calendars of Taranaki.
      After this, Serena and I had lunch at her apartment and then headed into the city to buy her special Finnish made jewelery for her graduation. I also took the opportunity to buy a bracelet for a good friend. We then promenaded by the waterfront and had dinner at one of many food stalls. I had traditional Finnish fish and veges and Serena a hot dog. After dinner, we headed for an ethnic festival where we drank a juice made of hibiscus flowers and realised how ethnically diverse Helsinki is. Again, you wouldn't believe it, a Finn who has been in NZ, now selling local Kombucha called Ohakune! At the festival, we met up with Serenas friends from Uni, also a mini UN of nationalities.
      PS: I've included photos of Serenas area and things local for interest of the readers like roads, trams, the underground, etc.
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    • Day 7

      Tampere & Turku

      May 24 in Finland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Today, Serena had me up very early(6.00am) to catch my tram to the Central railway statio to catch a attain to Tampere, a city north of Helsinki in the country. I duly met Serena at the Station, and we headed for our train, a comfortable commuter train. On the way, it gave me a chance to see the countryside and housing outside of the capital. Finland is very flat and the lots ( and lots) of trees, mainly birch trees. The housing is a mix of American barn style houses and the classic Russian dacha. Quite unusual.
      Tampere is renowned for the centre of ice hockey, something the Finns are very proud of with their biggest rival, Sweden. It's just like Rugby between Australia and NZ. Tampere is also the centre for a Spy museum , which was closed, sadly, as this was the main reason for the visit. However, we also went to a Museum devoted to the national cartoon character called "Moomin." Moomin is equivalent to our Dog in Footrot flats, but Moomin is a Hippo and has existed since 1945. The Finns go crazy over Moomin, and he is a great inspiration to children.
      Tampere had an unusual centre to its city with a hydro power dam running through it and a lake the size of Taupo on its border. Serena said , " This lake completely freezes over in Winter, and she and her friends walked on it out to a small island."

      So after a pleasant visit to Tampere, it was on the next train to Turku, a coastal city with a river port. Turku (west of Helsinki) is the old capital of Finland. It is an absolutely beautiful city with a busy river port and a large castle.
      Here, we walked along the river and caught the bus to the castle. A magnificent and nearly complete castle that has survived many wars. The buildings of Turku had a strong g Russian influence while the locals speak Swedish due to their strong connection with Sweden.
      Today, the heat has been at least 25c, and this was noticeable with the number of people sunbathing in the park around the castle. Also interesting was the lack of bikinis and swimwear while sunbathing. Obviously, the local tax puts such items out of the range of the locals to afford😉 ( camera shake prevented photos).
      Turku's river port was home to some amazing old sailing ships and modern craft. I was surprised as to what had survived the Civil war and the WW2 as Turku was the centre of both wars. Also, Turku, having existed for hundreds of years, had several fires and many of the oldest wooden buildings burnt to the ground. Overall, it was a beautiful city which I could have spent longer in.
      At the end of the day, we grabbed a burger from " Hesbuger," Finland's answer to Macca's, and so superior! Then we headed for our train back to Helsinki riding 1st class, and well deserved after 15km of walking.
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    • Day 4

      Helsinki and the countryside

      May 21 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      After sleeping 14hrs straight, I woke at 6.30am to a brilliant day. I had a wonderful breakfast ( supplied by Serena) and decided to go for wander around the neighbourhood. Many of the buildings in my area of Helsinki, Toolo, are built around the 1930's in the "Art Deco" form. Mostly apartment buildings and an upmarket area. I took time to walk around the local lake taking in the views. I then called into a local Cafe to sample delicious pastries and had a coffee. Sadly Finland is not known for its coffee compared with NZ.
      Serena came by the apartment at 9.30 and we planned the day starting with a walk to the seaside and partaking in a hot chocolate each, now Finland is known for its hot chocolates, yummy! After a walk around the seaside and a local park, we went to the train station to get a train to Espoo, then on a bus to meet some real live fair dinkum reindeer. That was a highlight as the reindeer park was magic. At the park, Serena and fed the reindeer lichen and then we went into a traditional Finnish tent (like a Yurt) with an open fire and drank tea and ate a traditional pastry.
      I bought a traditional drinking mug made of wood by the native Yasami people. This is the tribal people of Scandinavia that used to herd reindeer across the top of Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
      The day was full on with a walk around the lake to going out to the countryside to feed and watch real reindeer (in training for Christmas 2023).
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    • Day 287

      Helsinki (by Andrew)

      May 31 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

      We went to Helsinki, Finland for 3 nights. We went to an escape room called The Flying Dutchman. It was a pirate ship theme. The same day, we went to Allas Sea Pools, which are outdoor pools full of sea water. The pools were supposed to be hot but they were cold. They also had a sauna. After we dried off, we went to this place called Flying Cinema where we got to see all of Helsinki virtually. This was so fun, and I’d totally want to come back.Read more

    • Day 10

      Helsinki - Day 2

      July 21 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Was originally planning to head to estonia but jay convinced me to stay one more day in helsinki. Had a blast the first night so why not

      My hotel was fully booked so i went to the Irish pub across the street to sort it out. Eddy the bartender from croatia was amazing and met guissepe who works at nearby fish restaurant. Jay joined me eventually and we went to that fish restaurant. Maybe the best seafood i ever had ... but the pricetag matched the quality

      Took a quick nap and in my wanderings found a place called bier bier. Felt compelled to try it out and met a few locals sitting next to me. Jay eventually showed up and all of us went to a poolhall... then a dance club

      Got into a bit of a disagreement with someone who kept bumping me on the dancefloor but when we stepped off to chat we were hugging minutes later like long lost friends. Europeans are a fiery bunch but incredibly passionate.

      I never actually got to see much of the city, but i am very rich in friends and experiences. Will be back!
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    • Day 1

      Erste Eindrücke

      March 21, 2019 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

      Wir ziehen uns nur etwas wärmer an und dann geht es auch schon in die Stadt. Die 2-Tages-Tickets für die Öffentlichen haben wir über die App (HSL) ebenfalls online gebucht - echt praktisch. Wir müssen nicht lange auf die Bahn warten und nach nur wenigen Fahrminuten sind wir an der Esplanade - eine Einkaufsmeile mit schönen alten Häuserfasaden. Es ist etwas bewölkt und nieselt. Aber alles nicht schlimm - wir haben wetterfeste Klamotten an. Unseren Magneten finden wir gleich im ersten Souvenirshop und die Moomins sehen wir dann auch live - kennt ihr die? Echt süüß 😍. Wir steuern einen Mexikaner an, um unseren Hunger zu befriedigen und schlendern dann gesättigt Richtung Hafen. Viel los ist nicht auf den Straßen und wir genießen das Flair von Helsinki 😌. So langsam wird es dunkel und die Gebäude erstrahlen in hellem Licht 💡. Vorbei am Rathaus gehen wir Richtung Dom - die Bilder sind gar nicht so schlecht geworden 😉. Dann wird der Wind kühler und wir fahren dann doch lieber mit der Bahn zurück. Am Hotel angekommen ist es wieder ganz angenehm und wir beschließen noch eine Runde um den See zu laufen. Die Strecke vom Parkrun in Helsinki verläuft auch dort- die schauen wir uns gleich an. Ganz schön viel los hier - viele Jogger und Gassi-Geher sind hier unterwegs. Auch ein paar Radler düsen vorbei- hier ist der Radweg aber schön vom Fußweg abgegrenzt. Daher muss hier keiner auf die Seite springen - gut gelöst 👍. Statt joggen gehen wir die Strecke zügig - teilweise ist die noch schneebedeckt oder auch mit großen Wasserpfützen bedeckt. Zum joggen sicher nicht ganz einfach und ein paar ordentliche Höhenmeter sind auch dabei 😅. Ich kann am Samstag den Parkrun leider nicht mitlaufen, da der Start erst um 9.30 Uhr ist und der Bus zum Flughafen schon um 9.50 Uhr fährt. Das wird sonst zu knapp - so schnell bin ich leider noch nicht, dass ich 5 km in 20 Minuten schaffe 🙃. Nach ca. 1h hat Markus dann auch genug - hab ihn etwas ins Schwitzen gebracht mit meinem Stechschritt 😜. Aber zum Hotel müssen wir ja nur über die Straße 😅. Bis morgen 🤗 und gute Nacht 😴 🌙 (hyvää yötä).Read more

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