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Published: July 17th 2018
Message About Trump
One of the numerous posters we encountered today. Notice the welcome for him at the bottom. There were no posters about Putin as Finns see these folks as potential enemies and not democratic (always have been), while we should have the same values as they.
We have now been in Helsinki for a couple of days before departing tomorrow evening on a ferry (Bird says surprise Vicki and Carol Ann) for St. Petersburg, Russia. Even bumped into our ship as we departed Tallin, we'll show you.
Helsinki doesn't have a great number of sights. For the considerable majority of it's history Finland was the property of someone else (Sweden and Russia). It was not even founded until the mid sixteenth century (by the Swedes who owned the place and wanted to compete with the trading city of Tallin). It remained a speck on the map until the nineteenth century. Thus, there is little history here.
However, the people are wonderful. There were a number of times someone noticed airhead tourists struggling and spontaneously offered assistance. Just nice. Yet they clearly think we have gone astray. There were numerous posters of the Trump-Putin meeting; we will show you one. The meeting profoundly disrupted the city and us. Yes us! We purchased a two day tourist card for travel about the city, but the entire business/tourist area where we were to validate our purchase was closed (no business for those folks). Bird angerly estimates we walked
This gentleman remained entirely motionless for extended periods of time. We last saw such folks in Barcelona.
1.5 miles before we found cars and an expensive taxi to carry us to our apartment. Furthermore, Baby Bird's suitcase present to us suffered catastrophic damage to a wheel rolling over cobbled streets. We will have to improvise with the poor thing for the remainder of the journey. Bird intends on sending Trump a bill for the expenses (yeah, that will work).
Recall how cold we were in northern Norway. Well things have changed a bit. It is excruciatingly hot here, mid eighties, but that is way above average for a city where air conditioning is largely unknown and historically not required. We are a tad warm in the apartment. Yet, we obtain comfort that it is not in the nineties with high humidity as with you poor souls. Although adjacent to the Baltic Sea, the humidity is low.
Next post from Russia; not sure when as we do not wish to again deceive you guys. Lets see how the photo ops present themselves. Enjoy the break.
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