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Finland

Santa.s village and reindeer meat

We woke up in Rovaniemi and went to Santa.s village. Some guy got a brilliant idea that people would trek to the arctic circle if he plunked a bunch of christmas themed stores down in the middle of nowhere. It worked.

At night we ate reindeer meat and I tried to find the Northrn Lights but couldn.t.

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Slow day in Helsinki

Today we didnt have much planned before training it up to Rovaniemi. We visited th Lutheran cathedral and the square was full of giant bears of every nationality. Dad didnt like the Canadianone predictably.

There was a small market where I bought some yellow mushrooms. They went nicely with cheese on our Finnish pasty things. I also made some glogg with the cheap wine that dad bought on the boat.

Harri came home from work an we had to say goodbye so then we left for Rovaniemi.

It´s like Russia

It´s like Russia


Helsinki street

Helsinki street


Dad with map

Dad with map


The Lutheran cathedral

The Lutheran cathedral


Canadian "buddy bear"

Canadian "buddy bear"


Lutheran church

Lutheran church


Lutheran church again

Lutheran church again


Senatorial square???

Senatorial square???


Mushrooms

Mushrooms


???

???


Our small feast

Our small feast


Glogg and mushroom pastie

Glogg and mushroom pastie


Railway

Railway


Stone church

Stone church


Rock church

Rock church


Stone church in Helsinki

Stone church in Helsinki


Railway station

Railway station


Railway station guys

Railway station guys

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A real live sauna

We arrived in the morning to the most awesome city I have ever seen. Other people describe Helsinki as a mini St. Petersburg and I agree. There are sweeping broad avenues and huge public squares. The Russian influence is everywhere. Sigh.

We walked around the west side of town and found an old mental institution. a cool old graveyard. the Sibelius monument and the president.s official residence... I think.

At the end of that was an island with a bunch of historical buildings an some very aggressive squirrels.

We met our next couchsurfing host Harri at thetrain station nearby his house.

When we got there he was just saying goodbye to some Hong Kong surfers. From there we went to the weekly meeting where I met Arto who invited me nd dad to a real Finnish sauna. Yay. Dad didnt want to go so I went and had a nice time eating strange Finnish food and listening to strange Finnish music. Arto even drove me all the way back to Harri.s place afterwards.

I liked this, that´s our boat in the back

I liked this, that´s our boat in the back


Some sort of palace

Some sort of palace


Me vs. veggie balls

Me vs. veggie balls


Beautiful parks

Beautiful parks


Me vs. Helsinki metro

Me vs. Helsinki metro


The graveyard

The graveyard


The graveyard again

The graveyard again


The beach

The beach


Sibelius monument

Sibelius monument


The ocean

The ocean


Old pile of rocks

Old pile of rocks


Pretty bridge

Pretty bridge


Old house

Old house


Vicious squirrel

Vicious squirrel


Climbing up

Climbing up


More old houses

More old houses


Me vs. I dunno what

Me vs. I dunno what


Me vs. Finnish beer

Me vs. Finnish beer


Couchsurfers

Couchsurfers


Me vs. Finnish pastie thing

Me vs. Finnish pastie thing


Me vs. cheese?

Me vs. cheese?

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Cruise to Helsinki

In the moening we headed off to the Vasamuseet. It.s a giant boat the capsizedoff the coast of Sweden 300 years ago. They found it in the bay and nowhave preserved it in a giant museum. Everything you ever wanted to know about that boat is there.

We took a slow walk back to the ferry along the many marinas and boarded the boat. Our room was way at the bottom and it was terrifying. I sat up on the fourth floor until it got dark. An old man tried to pick me up. Also I went to karaoke later and san songs with a Swedish Americanfootball team.

Maybe it´s a bird?

Maybe it´s a bird?


???

???


It´s a giant boat

It´s a giant boat


Giant boat

Giant boat


Boat

Boat


Boat again

Boat again


Boat again

Boat again


Giant boat

Giant boat


It´s amazing

It´s amazing


Huge boat

Huge boat


Me vs. giant boat

Me vs. giant boat


Outside the museum

Outside the museum


Marina walk

Marina walk


Marina

Marina


On the ferry

On the ferry


On the ferry

On the ferry


Me vs. ferry

Me vs. ferry


Outside the ferry

Outside the ferry


Outside the ferry

Outside the ferry


The ocean is huge

The ocean is huge


Dad vs. bunk

Dad vs. bunk


Dad vs. bunk bed

Dad vs. bunk bed

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