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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 25th 2005

A clear plan for my whole day was put together in my head during my morning walk (not for the workout... from nothing better to do at 5am). The plan: Take care of some paperwork, get cell phone, figure out the bus and train system (that I have not used yet since everything is within walking distance). Action: Walk around for six hours. Buy spoon from second hand store. Buy a CD. Buy another CD. Get coffee while unloading my camera into my brother's mailbox - sorry Alex. I'm going to lock myself in my room until Saturday, or go to Estonia... to buy some CDs! This is becoming a problem, as I've been here for three days and I've managed to buy four CDs. Every time I hear Candice's voice in my head asking "now, ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 22nd 2005

The Tourist Information Center was very helpfull in providing me with addresses for the local police station and a store to get a hair dryer. Free map was included! However, a girl working at a small food store on the basement of a shopping center was happy to tell me of the cheap place to get everything I needed! She also hooked me up with a map. First purchase in Helsinki? Two CDs! I needed them! There was a lot of walking around... A lot of tourists that spoke all different kinds of languages and took pictures of everything with themselves in them. At night, all two hours of it, I spent hanging out with a couple of people that were happy to introduce me to Finnish beer. I'm going to miss Fat Tire. lol... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki April 11th 2004

We had come to Finland to visit our son, wife, granddaughter and family. Esse is a village near Jakobstad, which is about 300 miles north of the capital Helsinki opposite Sweden, across from Umea. First impressions were of vast areas of forest with cleared areas of farmland. I was to learn about the 188 thousand lakes and the interesting weather, it can be -30c. in winter and +30c in summer. What I was totally unprepared for, were the mosquitos by the million, when we went to the lakeside for a picnic, summers are spent outside as much as possible, I should have guessed with so much water. The picnic area was fully prepared with seating, a log pile and kindling. We completed the evening fishing in the lake with a makeshift rod to catch the cats ... read more
The lake at Esse
Ians' fish
a rock from the ice-age

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki August 22nd 2003

The ferry ride between Stockholm and Helsinki is commonly known as a booze cruise. It is therefore no surprise that the gang in the pub is very happy. More surprising is that they are Italians, not very common at this latitude. La Cosa Nostra going into Finland? Naw, probably not. Rather a group of friends or colleagues going on a business trip or just entertainment trip. The guys are very loud. Not great singers, but louder than the lonely British guy with the guitar and microphone on stage. When the singer and the Italians join forces the party really kicks off. One Italian is allowed to borrow the guitar and sing a song. In Italian. "Da da da daaa, da da da daaa", and some Italian words. Nobody but the gang knows it. The rest of ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki August 4th 2003

Helsinki is nice. No more, no less. A city on the water in the land of the thousand lakes. No spectacular sites, but clean, safe, and organized. The senator's square I find the most impressing, with the very tall stairs leading up to the big white building with the green roof. The university library is also cool. My buddy and local guide refers to it as an "Indiana Jones" library. This is a very illustrative description. The setting would be ideal for a shot of any Indy-movie, at least the research part. The problem starts when I get thirsty. Happens every now and then. The beverage of my preference is Diet Coke. To my amazement and shock I discover that practically everywhere the charge for a regular 50 cl bottle (20 ounce) is about €2 (approx. ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki August 21st 2001

Only ever go to Finland in the Summer, the Winter is dark and depressing, more so than England.... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki September 10th 2000

Few days in Helsinki before getting on the scary train to Russia... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki October 1st 1994

Hello my fellow travellers! This is an old trip from 1994, I travelled to Helsinki in Finland together with my parents and my uncle Roland and his wife Marie. It was the first time I stepped on a plane and even if it was only a domestic flight of less than an hour between Bromölla to Stockholm I was still very excited. When we arrived in Stockholm we boarded the cruise ship M/S Cinderella, belonging to the Viking Line. It was a grand ship and an interesting experience, I remember buying a lego version of it and assembling it when I returned home. I also recall seeing the slot machines as well as all the drunk people that usually take this ship. As we arrived in Helsinki we took a tour out to the Suomenlinna Sea ... read more
Vesikko Submarine
Group Photo
Awaiting My First Flight




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