Travel Blogs from Helsinki
... exploring, a bit more shopping, and then met up with the rest of our group for a final group dinner at a restaurant that served very traditional Finnish food. I got the reindeer (because when am I likely to eat reindeer again?) and again, it was very nice. I do highly recommend trying it if you ever get the chance. As an after dinner refreshment, a few of us tried a Finnish peppermint liqueur shot, which was ... lets just say refreshing. Immediate thoughts were ...
... cafe overlooking the main shopping street, perfect for people watching( so many blondes!) and feeling unexpectedly gitty by the passing street cars.
I can't say I feel at home per se, but I feel the calm and cozy sensation a home usually brings. Maybe it's because I look around and people are talking, engaging in conversation, not one person checking their phones obsessively (there's no wifi here...the horror!) or because everything is ...
... battery...). The biggest highlight of this gruelling five days of travel was a interlude in Singapore where we stayed overnight with my uncle Paul, his wife Hazel and their children Carl and Sarah. Alex attempted to convert Carl to the religion of Liverpool football club but Man United fan Paul was having none of it. We had dinner at the beach and visited a local market in the morning where I had my first ever bubble tea. All together a pleasant albeit brief lay-over. So thanks very ...
... and vegetables, and lots of Finnish cuisine. Market Square leads into the Finnish Esplanade (or Etelaesplanadi), which is just a few blocks of greenery with several sculptures. One was of a mermaid, commemorating the sea. One was of the Finnish national poet, whose name I do not recall, but was interesting for two reasons. First, while being the author of the Finnish national anthem, the man is actually Swedish. Second, the sculpture was covered in birdshit. I ...
We were having an early dinner but it turned out not to allow us an early bedtime as we originally thought. Omer being Turkish decided to bring out the Raki and we were told that meant a 5 hour meal...they were kidding of course but it was still a good couple of hours and a huge dent was made in the bottle. After a post dinner football match on television it was time for bed, we have a 'red-eye' flight to Scotland via Oslo in the morning...
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