Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
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... of firewood stacked up beside them. I guess they'll need it soon. Breakfast at the hotel was similar to what we ate in Denmark but the fish is smoked salmon. Yum!
Eric decided to stay at the hotel for the day and catch up on some work while I went into the Touring Cars base. Jarkko gave me a tour of their base when I first arrived. In a side corridor just past the entrance, I saw what looked like ...
... and sticky, we headed back to the hostel after stopping off for some late-night kebabs.
Another great day in Helsinki. This city is great. Funnily enough, the locals all seem surprised when you compliment their city, as if they're mystified that you'd want to come here or that you enjoy it once you're here. I don't know what gives them that idea, because Helsinki is a really cool place. I'm really having a blast here in Finland. I may not leave.
... the waterfront (reminiscent of Viaduct harbour!) taking the metro instead of another tram and finally found the central Railway station where we took a bus to the zoo. Located on an island, you then walk across a bridge to another island which was very cool - and great views of the city. Using the natural outcrops of rock as part of some enclosures - this worked well for the mountain goats and sheep of various types! A lot of the wild cats seemed to be hiding in the shade ...
... 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 ...
... on the River Neva allows excellent views of many of the stylish palaces, buildings and bridges. Everyone sits outside but it is really chilly at the end of the hour even with blankets. We wander back to the hotel the decide to explore the nearest bar, The Telegraph. It looks like an English pub inside with a good choice of beer but the barmaid has difficulty finding red wine! Eventually she finds one bottle and opens it for my one glass before returning to ...