of February 2002
warm temperatures and wet snow
The youth hostel was as you
would expect a youth hostel should be - it was old, shabby and not very
clean. Placed in the 1939 built Olympic stadium, you could enjoy the
nostalgia and the dust of this (not very glory) time. Outside the youth
hostel it was also not more comfortable. The snow from yesterday changed
to a wet, slippery snow slush. It was overcast and sometimes a sleet
shower passed by - so not the best weather to get a positive
impression of Helsinki.
is a quite small European capital and most of the buildings are build in
the 1930th. We visited the nice "Rock Church" Temppeliaukio and
the Russian-Orthodox cathedral. After that we took the ferry to the
fortified island of (UNESCO
World Heritage Site). The bay of Helsinki was full of a kind of ice mash
and it seemed that the ships were driving through a big sea of porridge.
At the island you can see some old wood houses and the remains of the
fortification - but all in all we were not enthused.
When we went back with the ferry (built in 1952) we saw a huge column of
smoke at the city centre of Helsinki. It seemed that the whole main square
was burning and you could see everywhere police and fire-fighters. But
when we went out of the ferry we saw all the people smiling. We found out
that a warm water pipe broke and that the smoke was in fact steam, caused
by the warm water flowing over the main square.
evening we watched a Verdi opera at the architectural very nice opera
building, built in 1993.
of February 2002
Good bye Finland
visited some more sights, Alois and me flew to Gothenburg (Sweden) in
order to visit a friend of us. Bernhard flew on the next day back to
all it was a wonderful vacation and Lapland kept what it promised:
Northern Lights, lonesome huts, a lot of snow, difficult road conditions,
reindeers ... and all this in only two weeks of holidays.