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Published: March 4th 2009
I could've walked forever!
After last night's adventure I decided to sleep in for a while. I finally rolled out of bed sometime after noon. Knowing that a greasy lunch would be the best cure for my hangover I headed to a Hesburger that's just a block from my hotel. Hesburger is the largest Finnish hamburger chain, even outpacing McDonald's in the Finnish market. I'd never tried it so I figured why not. After some difficulty in ordering because the young girl behind the counter was confused by my English I ended up walking home with a bacon-cheeseburger, some fries and a coke. I must have had a rough night last night because, as I walked back in the hotel, the girl at the desk, apparently the same girl as when I came home last night, asked how I was feeling today. Haha, that's great. I felt much better after eating and laying around watching some TV. Hesburger is pretty much like any other fast food joint, so nothing special to report there. I must note though, that despite my difficulty in translation, I still think she spoke better English than most employees at American fast food restaurants.
Later in the afternoon I got
Grilling sausages and serving coffee on the ice.
a call from my friend I'd met the night before. She invited me to go walking on the lake with a couple other friends. That sounded good to me so we met at the city center and then drove to a nearby lake. The lake had quite a crowd out there. There were trails blazed for skating, skiing, walking... You name it. We walked out to what I think was a lighthouse at some time in the past. There was a tent and and some tables setup out there where you could by a coffee and a grilled sausage and just hangout on the ice. While we were hanging out there a man rode up with his sled dog team. I can't say that's something I've seen before.
We pressed on and walked to the treeline on the opposite side of the lake. I thought Hesburger was a good hangover cure, but adding a two hour walk in deep snow really aids the healing process. Plus it's nice to have finally gotten some exercise other than walking to dinner.
After the walk we met some more friends at a Chinese restaurant. Since we had some genuine Chinese girls
They wouldn't stop howling, it was great!
with us we ended up ordering all kinds of good stuff that wasn't on the menu. We drank a lot of tea to warm ourselves up and then started with an assortment of boiled and fried dumplings. They were incredible, and served with a spicy soy sauce dip. The main courses included beef and brocolli, a spicy chicken dish, a hard to describe, but very good tofu dish and then a pork and mushroom dish. I don't know enough about Chinese food to tell you anymore, but it was all very good! And it must've been authentic because as the Chinese girls were ordering the waitress had to keep consulting the chef and the refrigerator. I'm definitely trying this place again.
Thus ends another fun Finnish weekend.
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