Helsinki & Suomelinna

Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
Trip End Jan 20, 2013

Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Monday, June 4, 2012

Helsinki is quite a great city.  It has everything one could need.  It's got nice people, culture, history, water, shopping and good looking women.  Its the capital of Finland and was my last stop here.  I did not get much done my first day.  I took me some time to get sorted with finding my place to stay and eat and all that.  My second day was when all the action happened.  I was off to Suomenlinna, which in Finnish language means Finland castle.  It is an island that was used to fight off all the forces that came into Finland.  The price of the ferry was included in the price of my transit pass.  This island actually has some history as it was once part of Sweden and Russia.  It is free to walk around the island and explore the ruins, walk through the cave chambers, jump on the cannons and you also get the great views of the sea and city of Helsinki from about 1 KM away.  There is also an Augustin monument that was on my list of places to see.  Augustin was a man who was a knight and commander and fought at this fortress.  There are a lot of cathedrals in the city, but each one is different and I am yet to see cathedrals like this as most of them are Russian orthodox or there was in one cathedral that was carved out of a stone rock.  It was amazing and I had never seen a cathedral like that before.  I have heard about one in Ethiopia, but never been to one.  The cathedral was very plain in that it only had a pulpit.  There was no stained glass windows or Jesus paintings.  It was just a worshipping church.  Still was alright tho.  The buildings in Helsinki are great.  They have a lot of interesting statues around them.  I guess the thing you will see is that every building in the city is five stories high.  They are not higher or lower and not diverse unless you count the colors or statues.  The transport in Helsinki is definitely a plus.  They have a metro, buses, trams and boats, so you really can not beat that.  There were some very impressive shopping malls here.  They were way to expensive for me, but a great way to let the time go by.

Finland is a very nice place.  It has nothing great, but everything is good. There was never one moment I did not enjoy here. I think as soon as global warming hits the world, it will be a great place.  It's only got warm weather about one month out of the year.  I would say the winters in Arizona are warmer than here in summer.  Another thing I really liked about Finland was their nice people and I never used cash here excpet to take a picture with the reindeer.  It was nice only using credit card and racking up the points/miles!  If I do this, I also do not get charged $5 for doing a withdrawal from the ATM
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