Last few business visits, city markets, and fun!
Trip Start May 15, 2007
7Trip End Jun 04, 2007
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That evening a few of us went out to an amazing little authentic Finnish restaurant where we ate Reindeer, which is a authentic Finnish style meal. The ambiance, atmosphere, and food was so enjoyable I would say it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. We toured the city on foot that evening.
I also want to point out that Finland only gets like 3-4 hours of darkness during the summer months and only 3-4 hours of daylight during the winter months. We were walking around at 12:00 at night and the sun was still putting off a considerable amount of light. It was a very different experience walking around at that hour of the night and it feeling like its 6 in the afternoon. Plus, you wake up at 4 in the morning because you think its 8 or 9 and that you've slept through the business tours. It was a fun experience though!
Friday we went to two more business visits, The Bank of Finland and the OMX stock exchange (which just was acquired by the Nasdaq). Afterwords we tour the city markets and had then second best meal I have had in a long time. We had herring, salmon, and vegetables. The herring is small fish the size of minnows (and kind of look like them), but are grilled and have the most unique flavor for a "fish". That evening I organized the entire group to head across town and buy tickets to the Finland versus Serbia soccer match on Saturday. We then also purchased tickets for the ferry to take us to the country of Estonia.
After an entire day of events, we still were not done... the first Friday of each month is American car night where people cruise their American cars and then all makes of cars then come to the Olympic stadium parking lot to burn rubber and do "donuts". It was one of the most hilarious events I went to on the trip. All these weird Finnish people completely burning their tires up until they pop or catch on fire and then the crowd roars ( I guess ruining your tires makes you cool!) We stayed until we couldn't breath from all the burned rubber and smoke. I have the best photo of the trip from this night and several awesome video clips of old BMW and Volvo's and even a real old van doing donuts and roasting their tires. It was even more unique because like I said above it was one or two in the morning and it still was light outside (like the last 10-15 minutes before sunset).
We headed caught the ferry to Tallin, Estonia in the morning. This will be the next entry.