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... managed to park close to the city centre enabling us to walk through - different when there is no snow lying around. Looking for a coffee shop we found the covered market, actually full of busy city people taking lunch and a superb range to fish for sale. In fact this is the biggest covered market in Scandinavia, according to Pinterest - more research to check this ...
... where I was picked up by Mikko for the drive to Tampere.
Tampere is 150km north of Helsinki but it's not a particularly exciting drive. The motorway is empty by English standards and the route is largely through featureless forests. The wild lupine on the side of the road ad colour, with large drifts of blue and pink.
Tampere is situated on an isthmus between two lakes with an 18m difference in level and it ...
... we made our way around, booth by booth, we came across one of the food vendors. Pulled pork, sausage, sauerkraut...yes please. So, there we were with a plate of meat, a pint of beer, and a few hundred happy Finns waiting for the hockey game versus Czechoslovakia to start on the television set up in another booth. Once it started, we were no longer tourists, but part of the frenzied crowd cheering on Finland to victory. Why...this calls for more ...
... some Angry Birds postcards. Nice ones!! The coach arrived on time to take us back to Helsinki. Note that it didn't stop at the indicated station on the board on the side of the road. It stopped roughly 20m in front, so look out. But I honestly prefer the train which would cost a bit more but will definitely get you there.
Dinner was in the same shopping mall at Manhattan for steak. I bought another postcard at the Moomin shop.
... to see there guys with long hair – as I supposed, it is a great place for folks admiring the metal culture. Some more practical information about Tampere: The railway station is in the downtown and it is very easy to locate it. Public toilets are usually not free, but in the city centre I was able to find one that was open (accidentally, maybe??) There is also no need to make reservation for the night trains from Tampere to the North.