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my impressions of Helsinki:
For a capital city, Helsinki isnt that large. There are two nice churches to visit and some great art museums, but surprisingly, little else. This is mainly because Helsinki is a fairly new city the Russians made this the capital because the old capital was too close to the Swedish boarder and figured it should be moved closer to Moscow. A day was enough to cover the interesting parts of town. It would take more to do the museums properly.

Unlike every other country Ive passed through, the Finns arent bitter against the Russians. In fact, they think they were treated quite well under the Soviet rule. Perhaps its because the Finnish are woodsy people, while the Russians were after the cities.

my personal experience (with characters previously met during my travels, see the Sauntering 2000- travelogue for details)
Anyway, I didnt expect to make it up here, but the boat was affordable from Estonia. As promised, I made my phone call to one of the older ladies, Tuula. She quickly found me in the city and got me orientated; however, it didnt seem like I had many options of a place to stay. I was planning on calling the other woman, Tiiti, the bear hunter artist/ice swimmer, to see and spend the night on her island.

She made some phone calls and unfortunately, Tiitis car was in the shop and it would be difficult get there; however, her daughter would be glad to have a guest. You can probably sleep in the kitchen in a sleeping bag, Tuula told me.

As long as Im not causing any inconvenience, Id love to see more of Finnish life I replied, and off I went to Salo.

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