Blogs from Uusimaa, Finland, Europe - page 38


Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki August 13th 2005

I read that seeing Helsinki by bicycle is a good idea and I would have to agree. Friday I rented a bike and rode one of the many bicycle routes around the city. The whole town is really set up for bikes with their own lanes and traffic signals and all. I can't get over how much it reminds me of where I grew up in northern Wisconsin. I guess that is why there are so many Finns living there. Last night I checked out the night life with one of the locals. They say it is more active in the winter and right now it is a little thin because many people are on holiday. The arctic bar was not worth it. I was much smaller than I thought. It was the size of a ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki August 12th 2005

Hi everyone, Today is my third day in Finland and tonight I am going to check out the night life including and arctic bar where the wall and tables are all made of solid ice. I am really enjoying my time here even though the weather has been around 15c and rain on and off again. It looks to be clearing up now a little though. This is the cleanest place I have been to I think. It is very organized and modern. Of course everyone seems to have a Nokia cell phone and a sauna which I think is great. There seems to be a good amount of live music and I look forward to that tonight. The best part for me is the peace of being able to relax since I am staying in ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki August 8th 2005

Rides: 1 plane, 1 bus, 1 ferry Country count: 33+2! Today I have been in three different countries. I started in England - a night on the floor of Stansted airport to prepare me for the trials and privations of budget travelling to come, and then a way-too-early flight to Tallinn, Estonia, where I caught the first ferry I could to Helsinki in Finland. Kate met me at the ferry terminal, and took me to the hostel, where I promptly collapsed from exhaustion. I think this travelling thing will take a few days to get used to! And so it's begun. Our mad plan to travel from Helsinki to Istanbul, hitch-hiking and camping our way through at least 11 countries in 6 weeks. Have a look at the planned route of travel on the map I've ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 27th 2005

Wondering why people take those bus tours when this is such a small city and the best places to be and the most beautiful sites are hidden on small streets... (Pictures of which will be posted somewhere in the future) Also wondering if I can get a mocha to-go! Coffee is served in glasses and mugs, depending on the kind, and you sit at a table to drink it, sometimes with a pastry, most of which come in huge portions. I'm not sure if the coffee shops have paper cups to give you a coffee to take away! They make the best mochas here! You can get food to-go in the middle of the night from the little stands that cater mainly drunk people. The only other thing to eat as you walk is ice cream. ... read more

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

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