Final Day in Helsinki

Trip Start Mar 09, 2013
Trip End Apr 07, 2013

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Thursday, March 14, 2013

My final day in Helsinki has been great. This morning Heta and I and the boys headed down to the Seurasaari 'Open Air Museum' where I was able to get an understanding of how Finns lived in the old days. The museum was founded in 1909, and all of the different provinces of Finland are represented in the well preserved old buildings which give an overall view of Finnish countryside life from the 18th to the 20th century. There are 87 separate buildings at Seurasaari Museum, although we didn't see them all.

Once we were done at the museum, we headed down to a little cafe for a bite to eat. The cafe is located right by the site of the rowing events from the 1952 Summer Olympics, and it was nice to sit outside by the fire on logs covered with reindeer skin. Although it was only -4oC, there was a fair breeze which made it feel much colder, so I was thankful for the fire! Martin soon came by to pick us up and we headed back to the apartment.

Once we dropped Heta and the boys off, Martin and I headed back to Helsinki International Airport for some more plane spotting. This time we went to a different spot and had a great view not only of the aircraft arrivals, but also departures. Not long after arriving we noticed that a decent sized snow storm was approaching, and we decided to stick around so we could see how much of an impact it may have on aircraft movements. It had very little impact at all. We observed quite a few different aircraft arriving and departing, the most interesting being those of the Finnish military. As the snow storm came through it became quite uncomfortable and although I was wearing gloves, I could hardly feel my hands! After an hour or so we headed back to the apartment, detouring by the local Chinese joint to pick up some take away so we could have a feed.

After dinner I decided to jump in the Sauna. I spent maybe 40 minutes or so in 70oC heat and after having a cool shower, felt super relaxed! Fair to say I think I'm hooked!

Finland has been amazing and I've really enjoyed my time here. It never feels like I stay in any place long enough, especially when visiting friends. I guess I'll just have to come back again sometime!

To Heta and Martin - Thanks once again for having me stay in your home for the past few days. I hope you've enjoyed the time as much as I have!

Now on to Vienna!
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