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We spent a few hours in Helsinki the next day. A nice waterfront area around the old cobblestoned market square. There was a lot of market stalls, selling souvenirs and food. There were several cruise ships tied up as well so there were a lot of people about.
There was a large park nearby with a guy playing an electric violin. We ate our lunch there ...
... as my flight wasn't until 1130, so I caught the 0744 again - this time much busier than when I caught the same train on my way to Dallas three weeks ago. A smooth connection to the high-speed train at Ashford followed and a simple trip to St Pancras with the added bonus of a very attractive clone sitting opposite.
Waiting for the Circle Line at Kings Cross I ran into Steve Lord, who retired from London Councils three ...
23 May 2014: Today was mostly just another travel day as we made the mundane bus trip from Turku to Tampere. Arriving in the late afternoon, we threw are bags on our backs and walked about a mile to our hostel, which was nothing special, but did have a decent view of the busy street just below the window. Starving, we didn't waste any time grabbing a late lunch. The restaurant, called Napoli's, was just across the street, and, was an ...
... freezing water. On my first go I hesitated before getting in the water, but then there were people standing behind me waiting to get in so I had to get in. After a few trips back and forth from the sauna to the water I got better at it. By the last go I was able to do panicky doggy paddles in the water before getting out. Today I tried the oldest sauna in Finland today, Rajaportti sauna (over 100 ...
... other exposures to Finnish history. We went first into a special exhibition called "the Finlandisation of Finland". Apparently "Finlandisation" was a term - proposed by Germany I think - referring to the way Finland appeased Russia & imposed self-censorship & did whatever necessary in order to avoid upsetting a terrifying neighbour. It made for fascination reading, the lengths to which the government went to not upset USSR. The pieces were written with an implied comment ...