Welcome to Finland.

‘You’re an unemployed bum. Should you live in that Finnish city by the lake with the S-market and K-market? Or how about that other Finnish city by the lake with the S-market and K-market? Finnish cities are all so very different!”
Phil Schwarzmann, How to Marry a Finnish Girl

Couple of months ago, my grandma and I started speaking about going to Finland to do some shopping and meet up with a family friend. So we decided to go on a day trip for Joseph’s birthday. On Saturday we woke up early to leave for a day trip in Finland. We took the ferry from the Port of Tallinn, the journey takes about 2 .5 hours, so not too bad. Got to enjoy the nice views and our big breakfast on the ferry. The sun was shining when we got to Helsinki. We walked into the city centre to enjoy some sights and go shopping. After that we met up with an old friend who I had not seen for 15 years. He is a Finnish man who can speak Estonian. The first thing he said to Joseph was ‘Welcome to Finland’ in English. When we asked how long did it take for him to learn Estonian – he said 40 years. We had lunch at a restaurant called Zetor.
The restaurant was so cool! It had old farm type decorations and the menus looked like newspapers. The menu was in about 15 languages and had gluten free/lactose free meals. When I was younger we used to go to Finland at least once a year, but I have never been to a place like Zetor.
After our meal and a catch up, we took the metro to the suburb to grab Rauli’s car and go for a ride. We went to Porvoo which is a charming little city close to Helsinki. Most of the houses are made of wood and the Old Porvoo has a beautiful church. I had never been there before so it was nice to have a walk around this beautiful town. The pictures really do not do justice for this place.
We had a drive around Helsinki, visited the Sibelius sculpture and had ice cream in the sunshine. We had so much fun and it was nice to see an old friend. I can’t wait to go back to Finland and travel further.

 


Triinu x

 

PS the last photo is of Joseph’s cake on his birthday, we have a tradition to sing the birthday child up in the morning so my parents and I just sang to Joseph in the morning.

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