Trip Start Jun 02, 2009
39Trip End Aug 10, 2009
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Freak on a Leash
Helsinki is a pretty interesting city of contrasts - on one hand, you have terribly accomplished young musicians who set up on Alexanderskatu and Esplanadi and, forming their own string quartets, play Beethoven and entertain everyone seated at sidewalk cafeshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMBR0S5784o - Finlandia, by Sibelius) and the recent winners of a Eurovision year, which I can't find on Youtube at the moment. It's heavy metal. Now, I"d seen the classical side, and I was curious about the other side. I ended up getting more than I bargained for yesterday. There's a place outside of the centre called the Cable Factory - it's a factory (that oddly enough used to produce cable) that has been converted into a 15 hectare arts and culture centre. It's closed on the weekend, but some of the museums are open, and I wanted to see the photography exhibit. I rolled off the tram and saw a crowd of people. My, what a crowd. Sojme were dressed in Chinese hats, and others were dressed as Peter Pan, and some had their faces entirely covered in one big bandage (the Invisible Man, anyone?). Yet others were dressed in renaissance clothing, and some wouldn't have looked out of place truding through the Russian winter of 1918 in their great coats. There was one with a sign that said, "Do you want to become one with the Russian? Yes, or no?" (I wondered if the great coat man and the sign girl knew each other), and yet another with a sign that said, "Ich habe Sauerkraut in meinem Leiderhosen." (For those non-German speakers, that would be "I have sauerkraut in my leiderhosen). It made the goths, punks and heavy metal heads look positively normal. I'm assuming this isn't your average Finn, although to be honest, I really don't know...
Santa's Not Going to Be Happy About This...
This morning, while waiting for something to start, I took a wander through Market Square, hoping to score some of The World's Most Delicious Ice Cream. I was staring sadly at all the "closed" signs in the ice cream kiosk windows, when I happened upon a food kiosk that was open. It smelled delicious, but I wanted ice cream, damn it! I passed it by on the quest for ice cream, but somehow - I don't know how - it called me back, and before I myself knew what was happening, my mouth was open and the words, "Can I have the reindeer pan please?" were coming forth. Suddenly, there was the reindeer pan itself sitting in front of me, and driven by a magical force, I had picked up the fork and was chowing down on potatos, jam, pickles, reindeer sausage and spicy reindeer patties. Finland is the place were Lapland is located, and Lapland is famous for reindeer herders. I think the herders have been herding those puppies right into the meat grinder, and let me tell you, they are delicious. Nom nom nom.