My kingdom for a phone call

Trip Start Aug 08, 2006
Trip End Oct 08, 2006

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Saturday, September 2, 2006

Ok, sorry for the delay, I had very little access to computers the last few days... On we go:
So I got my train from Tampere to Turku, got there about 14h (the earlier I could) and then had to call Oskari, my host... But how? I couldn't find any public phone in the train station... I walked around a lot and still couldn't find any phone. Then I decided to head for the tourist office, grab my map of the town and look for phones in the way. If I didn't find any I could ask there. Of course I couldn't find any, so I asked. And the answer was... a laugh. A laugh and the affirmation that there were no public phones in Turku.
'So there are no public phones here at all?'
'Hahaha, you are in Finland now'
'But I was in other places in Finland and could find public phones'
'Hahaha, but not in Turku'
'So what does someone do when he has to call someone and has no mobile?'
'Hahaha, are you in a hotel?'
'No, I will stay with a friend, but need to call him first'
'Hahaha, it is impossible, I am so sorry'
For some reason, her laugh didn't sound that sorry... Anyway, before believing her I decided to search more. No success... Then to try in the hostel. No success either... Then to some hotels. No, no, no and no... Ok, one more and I will start begging passers-by to use their mobile. And then I managed to find a hotel where people allowed me to phone from the reception. So, four hours after my arrival, I managed to call and meet my host and go to his house.
He was going out with some other people, and I had already called a HC girl I met in Espoo to set up a meeting, so we went different ways. And as I was waiting for the girl in the market square, she showed up with a friend and some chalk. 'We brought this to draw on the street' she said, and they started drawing on the ground. Even I joined the drawing (but I won't tell what I drew - that's a secret). After it, we went to a bar, had some beers, and then on to another bar (this one with live music), with a drawing stop between them. This was also, I thought, a good time to try salmiakki, as one might need to be drunk to have the courage. I really don't know what is the fuss about salmiakki, as I tried and liked it. It might not be the best candy in the world, but it is certainly not disgusting...
The next two days I spent going around the city, seeing the cathedral, the medieval/renaissance castle that was destroyed in the war and rebuilt, the art museum, the modern art museum, the early 19th century buildings that survived the great fire (it seems every scandinavian city had a great fire somewhen) and an archaeological dig with some ruins from the Middle Age. Then on the last night, I went to a bar with Oskari, some of his friends and two other HC members. A very nice city, but I still like Tampere more.
Taking a flight to Lapland now.
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suomiukko on

In Finland it's seen as weird if a person doesn't have a cell phone (even most homeless guys have one). We really don't have public phones almost anywhere. But I'm sorry the people at the tourist office weren't more helpful with you. At least on two occasions a tourist has asked me to borrow my phone and I've let them, and I should think a lot of other Finns would borrow their phones as well :)

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