Hellsten Helsinki Parliament
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It's really interesting the observations you make when sleep deprived and alcohol enhanced.
For instance; the cars here all have Euro plates and the Finns don't wear plaid.
Let me start at the start.
Some of you may recall that my last blog started with me leaving my backpack on the TTC shuttle bus from Kipling subway …
I had to post yesterday before the real adventure began. We had three uncertain things about last night:
1. Would the bus driver let us ride the bus with the Eurail?
2. Would we be able to find the train station in Tornio, and would it be a warm place to wait?
3. Would the train show up in Tornio?
The bus showed up to the …
This morning we decided to walk down to the Viking line terminal so we knew exactly where we had to go tomorrow morning and how long it would take us to walk it.
Then we went to church.
First we went to see the Orthodox Church, Uspenskin cathedral. It was quite spectacular from the outside and is the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. Very ornate inside.
Then we went ...
... and movement as you pass through. It was great for Orla until... some irritating Americans decided to follow us closely through the whole installation uttering insightful observations such as "Wild man!" in their nasal drawl. I employed the Finnish attitude to such distractions whilst Kate preferred her usual stance in such situations. A Wander through the quiet streets in the sun was really interesting, seeing the locals relaxing ...
... The town is a pedestrian's delight, with everything convenient to the railroad station square, including the harbor, from which tour boats and ferries leave for many of the 300 islands around Helsinki.
Even though walking is the natural way to see the city, the public transportation here is excellent. We opted for a combination of the two, a tram to the Töölö part of town (northeast) and a walk back to the ship which was docked at Katajanokanranta near ...