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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Finland, I Am Not Finish With You, Yet

 

At eight fifteen in the evening I am on the cold and windy sundeck of the Amorella as the lights of Stockholm slowly fades in the distance.

 

2005-01-01 11.37.24On a moonless night I am making a ten hour journey across the Baltic Sea to Turku, Finland.

For about $70 US dollars, this time of the year I have a cabin all to myself onboard a Viking Line cruise ship.

 

 

The Amorella turns out to be more fun than expected with a line up of entertainment from karaoke, to live bands, and casino slots. Sleep comes at a premium and the ten hours pass too quickly.

Within a few hours of arriving in Turku I am in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. A light cold rain is falling as I leave the central bus station but I have an immediate love for this cosmopolitan city that is so alive and vibrant.

 

 

2013-11-12 09.47.53Trams and traffic are moving in every direction around me yet their sounds are lost on me as I admire unique structures and awesome buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013-11-12 12.46.42Senate Square Cathedral

 

 

About a 20 minute walk from the city center I arrive at my accommodation for the night and what a surprise. With Hellsten Hotel And Apartments I have booked a single room for the night but at check in I am upgraded to an apartment that is so large “I can play baseball in it”. My bathroom even has a sauna in it. Nice.

This time of the year darkness comes early and the light rain is still falling as I set out to explore some of Helsinki by night. My journey takes me to an unknown part of Finland's history for me.

 

IMG_2076For 5 Euros, I am freezing as I am standing about 200 feet above the city with the wind howling across the open observation deck of the Olympic Stadium Tower.

Yes, Finland hosted the Olympics in 1952.

 

 

 

 

 

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