Exploring Helsinki, rock & history combi
Trip Start Jul 17, 2007
34Trip End Oct 05, 2007
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Creatively arranging his flight to go on the Friday, flying back on Wednesday, meant we had the weekend to find some of the funny, beautiful and cool places! After a slow start on Saturday (neither of us is good planner) we make it for lunch and spend the afternoon strolling around without purpose. Helsinki has a great admosphere, combining the old and new. Cosmopolitan and historical features. Guess it's a good place for shopping to, but I skipped that part
After a relaxed in a small local bar playing backgammon (finally a person who wants to do boardgames to!!!), we have to rush to get to our evening venue. A triple rock concert in Nosturi with main performer Lapko. Getting to the venue we realize the average age being what 19I guess, but us 30+-ers try to blend in ;-)) Going to the upper deck for the 18+-you-are-allowed-to-order-alcohol-section without being asked for ID. Having over 10 cd's in my bag as proof, I really have to say that Finnish (Rock)bands are really good! Unfortunately Lapko had a lousy sound-guy working, could not properly hear the singer, but the show was ok.
Sunday we managed to get going earlier, after a 5-star breakfast in the hotel, It took me ages to find the tea stand in between all the tables with food on offer
Tobias has get to get his work prepared and meetings done so our ways split. I decide to hang around in Helsinki a few days more to explore some more. Also don't want to show up on Sini's doorstep yet as she is still rounding up her thesis! Hectic times as I so clearly remember from my own studying times, long ago ;-)) I find out Helsinki (as most parts of township Finland) is secondhand stuff paradise!!! Flea markets and secondhand shops everywhere! Of course I have to explore them. It is a good thing I am on the motorbike with little spare space! It stops me from buying many great things! However some cool cloths and cd's have been sqeezed in! Miranda, wish you were here now, so we could browse together!
Suomenlinna (fortress island), cinema and Photografy museum were some of the other exploring activities done!
On wednesday afternoon I say goodbye to the capital of Finland and get on my bike to ride to the former capital of Finland: Turku! To visit Sini (Suvi's cousin) and her kids.