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... Here's a few highlights: The skipper told us all boats need to be put up on land during the winter as the sea around the coastline freezes from mid October. Because Finland is so close to Russia, defence is a very high priority. All men do compulsory military service at 18 and many of the islands we passed have military installations. Finland's most successful company is Nokia (but that was sold to Microsoft a few years back ...
... legs flailing around - and no keeper in sight to help him. We checked back at the end of the day and no sign of the upturned tortoise, so we assume he was righted again and Guy was relieved to have resolved the problem!
We were looking at the maras and vicuņa (cross between a lama and a deer to look at) when a cheeky red squirrel was spotted hopping around amongst the bush nearby making the vicuņa stare in horror at the intrusion! Another highlight was the ...
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Harbor Boat Tour
We took a two hour boat tour around the harbor and various islands. The pictures show some of the things we saw.
... the archipelago. The scenery here is beautiful and green, with tiny of islands dotted with beautiful homes. After the harbor cruise, we tasted some local fare at the market. Emily had salmon soup, which I opted for octopus rings. We both sampled these tiny little fish, that were whole and fried. You just ate the entire thing. It wasn't bad, but not something I could make an entire meal of!
In Helsinki, we also visited a nice department store called Stockmann (I decided ...
... monument - basically just a sculpture of pipes of different sizes that looks kind of like a pipe organ. I can't actually accurately describe it, so have all look at the pictures and you'll get a better idea. I spent the rest of the afternoon just wandering around and soaking up the beautiful weather ... I really can't overstate how gorgeous of a day it was, and Helsinki was turning out to be a really interesting and likable city. A bit quirky, a bit alternative, ...