Author: Pete

City Surprises #11

While showing some colleagues around Helsinki, I noticed a new development at the Bridge of Love (a pedestrian and bicycle…

Mustavuori, Porvarinlahden and surrounding forests

With colder weather rapidly approaching, I decided to take advantage of a fairly warm and dry Saturday to visit the…

Hanging out at Park(ing) Day in Esplanadi

While checking out Stadissa.fi (an online list of events happening around Helsinki) last week I noticed the intriguingly named “Park(ing) Day” listed…

Night of the Arts: Helsinki 2012

The Night of the Arts is the biggest celebration in the annual Helsinki Festival – a whole day when the city…

City Surprises #9

Most of the things that I have labelled as “city surprises” have been lovely little details that I’ve passed by…

City Surprises #8

The area just north of Helsinki’s central railway station (Rautatieasema) is currently being redeveloped (after some of the facilities –…

City Surprises #7

Along the rather busy Helsinginkatu (Helsinki Street) a lovely surprise is the leafy Tauno Palo park. The park is a…

City surprises #6

Walking along Simonkatu (opposite Forum) recently I noticed that a few of the paving stones looked different from the rest…

Lahti, Heinola, Vääksy and Urajärvi

Lahti is the seventh largest city in Finland, lying about 100 km north of Helsinki. While visiting our friend Noora’s…

A correction: Raspberries

Just briefly… I was wrong when I said in an earlier blog post that I’d not seen many raspberry bushes…

Finnish cuisine: berries, berries and more berries!

My guess is that the biggest difference between South African and Finnish food is the predominance of berries among the…

Finnish National Museum and the Tram Museum

We’ve recently visited two more museums in Helsinki for the first time: we made a special plan to carefully explore…

City surprises #5

A fair time ago, I spotted in the middle of Kampintori (central Helsinki; usually populated by skateboarders) a strange little…

Finnish cuisine: petturieska and nokkonenleipä

At the Medieval Fair in Turku earlier in the month (see our blog post), we recently tried two unusual (but apparently…

A day visit to Turku

Last weekend we travelled to Turku with Noora, visiting this city on the south-western tip of Finland for the first…

Helsinki Olympic stadium: watching the European Athletics Championship

Last Thursday I went to watch an evening’s worth of events at the 2012 European Athletics Championships with Simon, a…

Flowers in the park

City parks differ considerably between South Africa and Finland in terms of the flowers planted – its been great watching…

Vuosaari and Uutela

Recently Brigitte and I headed out to the eastern end of the Metro to explore the suburb of Vuosaari and…

Summer in the Viikki nature reserve: Lammassaari and Kuusisaari

After work yesterday I popped across to Viikki again. The afternoon had been quite windy, but conditions were pretty close…

City surprises #4

Walking through the Narinkkatori (the square outside of Kamppi) I spotted this rather fun Angry Birds bench.   We can add…

City surprises #3

I’ve been to Arabianranta quite a few times now (and blogged about, for example, here), and have always enjoy the…

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