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... ice hockey.
Neither of them had been to the hockey before so it was a new experience for them and they did seem to enjoy it. Finland's team, Jokerit was playing a Croatian side. It was a good game, fast and exciting but unfortunately Jokerit lost 4-1. They played well for the first period but then just switched off and let the opposition back into the game. Oh well, it was good fun.
... for a walk. We stopped at a Brewdog pub for beer. It was a nice pub, even with a pub dog (a nice chocolate lab). We then walked on to the restaurant where we were to have dinner. This was a very traditional Finnish restaurant with a buffet. The lady owner explained to us what everything was and what it was to be eaten with. For example you eat the reindeer stew with mashed potato and lyngonberries. There was a lamb/anchovy dish, chicken, salmon soup, ...
... by the Tsar. Much of the funding for the cathedral, not to mention Helsinki itself, came from the ascendant Russian Empire of that time.
I mention all this because my choice of restaurants on my final evening in Finland offered the most amazing view of the illuminated cathedral. The iconic building sits atop a granite outcrop next to Helsinki's harbour . At the base of the outcrop are a string of warehouses that originally served the harbour but have ...
... I proceeded to the Esplanade shopping area where there were many high end retail outlets before reaching the port. I stopped in at a tourist info office and picked up a Helsinki Card. Activating it Saturday morning will allow me free transit and museum entry for two days . Also included is a two hour bus tour of the central city.
By this time the sun was going down so I headed back to my apartment to chill with a beer and work on my blog before ...
... departures/arrivals board were from everywhere. Even though I fancy myself as a bit of a traveler, I didn't recognize the names of several destinations on the extensive listing.
Again as I had heard, German airport security was extremely thorough. Besides the usual scanning, I was treated to a "pat down" that lasted a few minutes. The gentleman showed a sense of humour and spoke good English but he used his wand and fingers in amazing ways!
My belt ...