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I left Dmitry to study and rode to Jenny's apartment for morning tea, where I met her couch surfer Andrew (who is also from Melbourne) and her two adorably friendly cats. We chatted over cups of tea about what it's like to live in Finland, how her various projects are doing and so on. Soon enough she had to get to the train station to get to an acting gig she had lined up, and so I offered her a lift to the station on the bike. She was pretty excited. I gave her the spare helmet, ...
... colors they choose. Finnish people are also unique in their background – their ancestors migrated from Central Asia almost 2000 years ago and the Finnish language is unlike any of the other Scandinavian language. It is closest to Estonian and distantly related to Hungarian and Turkish.
Our tour featured some of the highlights of the city. We drove to the city center, making a photo stop at the Senate Square which ...
... 8211; he'd looked it up, and from what he could see, it
wasn't leaving until 11.25am! Dang!!!
Unfortunately, his information turned out to be correct, and we had a 4 hour wait at the Parainen bus stop. (The lady at Airisto had looked it up for us,and she believed it was going at 8am, even on the public holiday, and we'd hadno reason not to believe her). ...
... Scandinavian summer day. We perused the numerous food booths set up in the square looking for something to eat before heading over to the island, Suomenlinna. The choices were many, from fresh produce to seafood to traditional Sami cuisine. I stopped at a couple of booths to try some free samples of reindeer meatballs and smoked herring before settling on a shrimp sandwich. All of it was delicious. We then boarded the boat for the fifteen minute ride to the former ...
... a late night McDonalds at about 10.30pm we decided to call it a day!
On our first morning we headed to the National Museum (snoozeum). I am beginning to get a little saturated with Nordic history as we have spent quite a lot of times in museums over the last 10 days. After a quick walk around the main exhibitions we headed back on to the street.
We walked past lots ...