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The alarm buzzed rather loudly this morning only six hours after I managed to succumb to the lulls of sleep. Ville had to go into Helsinki and I was determined the night previous to sleep in…but an occurrence that I have not seen for many a day had happened: the sun was out and temperatures had finally crossed over to the plus side of the scale! I could not resist the pull to get my backside out of that bed and go exploring once again.

Culture shock happens more frequently that I am comfortable admitting, especially because I have repeated moments of déjà vu akin to when I first moved to England. I have moments like this I witnessed a few nights ago where I peer over the landscape and admire it’s beauty a full 2.3 seconds before the record scratch echoes in my ears and my brain shouts “Wait! What?”;

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See that little black figure in the bottom-right of the photo? That ladies and jellyspoons is a dude….walking, nay working on the ice! I wish I had more time to take better photos because he was certainly not the only one. I should have also taken a photo of Ville’s face. Imagine a façade of complete nonchalance.

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I’ve been to Helsinki a few times before, mostly touring the obvious places but this time I wanted to explore roads and waterways that I didn’t know existed. We found a bridge with this cuteness:

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Most of the locks had engraved inscriptions. Me thinks we need to revist this and leave a little bit of ourselves next time.

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I also managed to meet up with a long lost old friend: Bertie! Here we are posing in Senate Square.

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Isn’t he beautiful? Oh how I have miss thee. Thanks for bringing him back into my life Hankiala family!

Now it can never be said that the Finns are a wussy bunch. They even have a word specific to their language to describe what takes a gazillion in English to signify their hardiness: Sisu. Imagine fortitude, strength, guts, umph and a triumphant punch to the air and I think that translates to about a quarter of it’s true meaning. I have heard of it before and I have heard of the legendary use that the natives have of it but never before have I seen it in person until today:

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That above is a woman in a SWIMMING COSTUME!

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Walking…slowly…towards the water…to engage in this madness!!!

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Oh Finland, will you never fail to make my eyebrows reach epic sceptical altitude?

We spent the rest of the morning wandering around & grabbing lunch before it was off to the super-crowded (only) railway station at noon:

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Victoria, Euston & Marleybone: eat your heart out.

Toodles Sweets - Ariane

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phoenixejc
Feb. 27th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
These pictures are awesome!!

Sisu....I will remember that!
bellajellybean
Feb. 27th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, what on earth is that woman thinking!!!!
mortuus
Feb. 27th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
I love how the woman in the swimming costume is wearing gloves. 'Cause you wouldn't want your hands to get cold....

britishcowgirl
Feb. 28th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
bahahahahaha
blognmomma
Feb. 28th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
lol
blognmomma
Feb. 28th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
Very nice pics, glad you had fun. :D

How could that swimmer avoid getting hypothermia?!
britishcowgirl
Feb. 28th, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
I think she must have jumped back into a sauna but yeah...I've heard of ice swimming but I never saw it till now
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