Midsummer – Juhannus

Midsummer in Helsinki is a curious experience.The city is pretty much deserted, as everybody is in the countryside spending time with friends and family, visiting sauna all night long, drinking lots of beer and Sima etc.. Shops, museums, almost everything is closed and cycling through the empty, quiet streets has a feel of “alien on…

Happy to have it back

For months I have looked for a new wristband for my wristwatch. Even calling the company didn’t help, as they don’t produce the watch anymore and so, there are no wristbands either anymore. I really don’t like this fast-paced ever-changing world of products. My new neighbourhood for the summer, fancy Ullanlinna, is full of goldsmiths,…

Harakka

I almost wouldn’t have written this post! At least I wondered if I would survive after joining a nature excursion to an island that is located only some 100 m from the seashore in front of Kaivopuisto, but felt like being located at the Northpole. I could have done with a few more layers of…

Sisu Day

I have registered for using the city bike. Still, I picked up my ancient (read: even unlocked nobody will steal it) bike from a friend where it had hibernated while I was gone. Being a Finn, even she wasn’t sure whether laughing or getting depressed would be the more appropriate reaction to the weather. You…

Cruise Craze

The season has started and I survived my first tour, taking cruise guests through Helsinki and to Winter Wonderland. It seems that half of the world’s population spends half of their time on cruise ships nowadays. Helsinki gets a fair share of them each summer. Good for me, working as a tour guide is fun,…

Onneksi Olkoon, Suomi!!

Wow, the young lions won the World Championship of ice-hockey AND the Finnish young women the 7th of overall 9 World titles in a sport that I had never heard of before: Ringette. Obviously a more feminine version of Ice Hockey. And both happened last weekend in Helsinki. Here a video of the truly “nail…

Relocation update: Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France and the oldest city actually, it is also the largest cruise harbor, so it was paramount to visit. For a change, with all the ancient architecture in this area, I focussed my visit on a very modern building right at the sea front, the MUCEM. The “mistral”…

Relocation update: Aix

Meanwhile, two weeks have passed and I lost track of all the things I have seen. This weekend I took a longer trip to Aix on Provence and then I stopped for a few hours in Marseille. Aix is the historic capital of the Region of Provence and mostly well-known because of Paul Cézanne, who…