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Monday In Finland

We took the Grey­hound at 7 am on Sun­day, got to Toronto at noon, and flew to Fin­land in the after­noon. We arrived pretty tired but also excited. After all, this is Fin­land. How many times will I get to visit this place?

The only prob­lem with Fin­land is… Finnish. It doesn’t look like any lan­guage I know and it really didn’t make any sense to me. Way too many “ö” and “ë” if you ask me. But for­tu­nately, most peo­ple spoke great Eng­lish so we were able to get around with­out too much trouble.

Helsinki Harbour

Helsinki Har­bour

Helsinki is small but very nice. We walked a bit every­where and ended up by the har­bor and a small mar­ket. The two churches nearby were very beau­ti­ful… and the atmos­phere was quite friendly.

Baltic Sea

Baltic Sea

By The Harbour

By The Harbour

City Center

City Cen­ter

Proudly Finnish

Proudly Finnish

Seafood At The Market

Seafood At The Market

At The Market

At The Market

Beautiful Church

Beau­ti­ful Church

Beautiful Church

Beau­ti­ful Church

View From A Hill

View From A Hill

The City Center

The City Center

Downtown Helsinki

Down­town Helsinki

Small Street

Small Street

White Church and Blue Sky

White Church and Blue Sky

And we are now in Beijing!

15 comments

  1. Salut Zhu,
    Great ! I have never been to Fin­land, and Helsinki looks very interesting.24 hours is oh so short but I’m more than sure that you took advan­tage of this day to the fullest.
    One day, but an expe­ri­ence that you will remem­ber a long time.

    You lucked out for the weather !
    Happy trav­el­ing up to Bei­jing.
    Bises ;)

    bar­baras last great read…Becom­ing friends out­side of your PC

  2. Hmm…in con­trast to most other com­ments here, I have no real desire to go to Fin­land since it looks far too much like another place I’ve been to.

    But hey, all in due time.

    RGs last great read…Bound By Habit + Installers Are Evil

  3. Won­der­ful Zhu!! Reminded me of my trip to Helsinki too :D

  4. i have tagged you for a meme…i’m not good at these types of things, but i fig­ured i’d let you know. no pres­sure, it’s an odd one.

    Oh, and nice pho­tos! Those are really cool. I need to get out of my cubi­cle someday.

  5. @bluefish — It was much bet­ter than I thought it would be, for sure. But I don’t know much about Nordic coun­tries… so it doesn’t mean much.

    @Linguist-in-Waiting — I know exactly what you mean, Hun­gar­ian is one weird lan­guage! I don’t even know its roots…

    @Ghosty — :lol: That reminds me I have to rent the Monty Pythons again when I come back!

    @Colleen @ Func­tion of Time — I know I’m lucky ;-) The two coun­tries are quite dif­fer­ent though!

    @Annie — Update com­ing up ;-) Fin­land kinda looks like Canada actu­ally I found. Minus the crazy language!

    @barbara — It was short and of course, I didn’t lean much about the cul­ture. But Hel­siki is a small city so we got to see quite a lot I think.

    @RG — I can under­stand! If it weren’t for the flight lay­over, I don’t think I would have thought of going ;-)

    @shionge — I didn’t know you went there! You trav­elled quite a lot.

    @sir jorge — I’ll give it a shot when I come back. Thanks ;-)

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