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We caught the airport bus from the train station to Helsinki airport, which has the awesome airport code HEL. I think the signs on it really ought to say "welcome to hell", though I suspect the Helsinki tourist board would've nixed that. From the airport, it was a quick hop on the free shuttle to our suitably generic overpriced airport hotel for the night.
... to pack up proper. The hotel had graciously made a dental appointment for me with one of the local private dentists, so half an hour later tooth repaired and a happy customer out on the streets again. On a recommendation from a friend, we caught the no. 10 tram to the end of the line, but couldn't figure out how to pay, so didn't and the person we asked could not understand us. Got to the end of the line without knowing it, and a young man ...
We had a leisurely breakfast and headed into Helsinki via taxi and bus, once there Paivi, Esther and I went for a wander to the water front buying some fresh strawberries and cherries for lunch (summer is good, three in a row is better). Here we met up with Maria who is Paivi's friend who also came tramping with us a couple of years ago in NZ. Once with Maria we got on a ferry and went to --- island which has a fort/castle guarding the harbor, here ...
... In the end I didn't find any real winter clothes, but I did pick up some new threads (a couple of shirts and a leather jacket) at Seppälä. I'm still not sure why I only seem to buy new clothes when I'm overseas! After that we headed off to 'Old Helsinki' where I was able to see some traditional Nordic buildings. After having a quick walk through Old Helsinki we ended up by the (snow ...
Another moment sitting in a lounge waiting for the next flight. We have arrived back in Helsinki and are waiting to board the Finnair flight from Helsinki to Warsaw. We have had the benefit of the 'Aspire' Lounge (rather befitting given we can't really afford it but are paying for it anyway) to relax, imbibe and take in some peace and quiet whilst we sit out the wait for the next flight. Alexandra and Saskia have both come down with a bit ...