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... several towns until we reach the actual border. Outside is fences with barbed wire. I hope remnants of the past. Russian customs boards. First three Burley soldiers pick luggage to be opened. We have to identify our backpacks, but don't need to unpack. A Frenchman across from us has to show his money.
Then a group of ladies in uniform comes to check the visas. No humor, no smiles.
"Can I take a picture?"
Index finger wagging. "Njet!"
... before and it's name was not familiar. Pauli, is a parent of 2adult children and worked in IT previously for Nokia, but is now studying robotics, to freelance in robotic startups. After a lovely morning with Pauli we decided to go to what was described online as a traditional village outside Helsinki by bus. The other two women on our tour had talked about it at breakfast, so we went to the ...
... bunkers everywhere. It is a great place for a picnic, and we have brought bread, sausage and cheese so life is good. On beaches people are sunbathing. But the number of tourists keeps growing, and when we leave our ferry is full of mainland Chinese women with Selfie sticks. I am very happy when we reach the haven of our spartment. When I brush my teeth a very red face stares back from the mirror. Is that me? My ...
We arrived at the port of Helsinki just after 7 am. We planned to debark between 8 and 9. Our guided walking tour was scheduled for 11 so we decided to explore a little on our own first. We needed a shuttle to get from the port to the city center, 12 bucks each and twenty minutes later we were downtown Helsinki. First stop was the market square, an open air market featuring fruit, vegetables and local artesian souvenirs. The fruit ...
... time too, is very hard to get used to in a Finnish Summer. There is no actual night at this time of year. Our bodies are not used to this and even if the curtains are pulled, we go to sleep when it is still light and wake up at 2.00 or 3.00 in the morning to full daylight and have difficulty going back to sleep. In summer the Finns take holidays from work, stay in lakeside cabins that, no matter how basic and rustic, all have saunas. They hike, ...