Category: Helsinki

Capping Havis Amanda – watching Vappu celebrations in Helsinki

Vappu (1 May) is probably the biggest annual “public” celebration in Finland – while there are other days that are celebrated…

City surprises #15: another unusual bike stand

A while ago I spotted a rather unusual design for a bike stand near our apartment… These two very cool…

Ski routes within Helsinki – where to go for cross-country skiing

In Helsinki there are about 180 km’s worth of groomed ski tracks – and at least an additional 500 km of tracks…

Photo quiz: Where in Helsinki are we?

There are lots of interesting hidden things in Helsinki, and after living here for more than two years we’re starting…

City surprises #15: public art around Ruoholähti

Over Easter we spent some time in the suburb of Ruoholähti, in the south-western corner of Helsinki. The area was…

Apartment up for rent- Ours!

We are moving in less than 5 months time. We offered to spread the word for our landlord regarding the renting…

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

The Uspenski Cathedral is one of the most visible and recognizable buildings in Helsinki, and we recently (finally!) managed to…

Two years in Finland

On Friday, we celebrated 2 years in Finland. As I knew it would, time has flown by. As we look…

A snowy spring… takatalvi in Helsinki

This winter Helsinki is expected to have snow cover for more than 130 days – in fact, considering that we…

Kaisaniemi Greenhouse: the other winter gardens in Helsinki

During the dark winter months, we’ve greatly enjoyed visiting the Helsinki Talvipuutarha (“winter gardens”) as it is a warm, bright…

Estimating the cost of living in Helsinki – we need your help!

Before moving to Helsinki I tried to find a good estimate of the cost of living in Finland… and there…

Watching ice hockey at the Jäähalli, Helsinki

Last weekend we headed to the Jäähalli (“ice hall”; in Töölö) to watch a game of ice hockey. The match…

Snow from my office window

There are such big snowflakes outside my window at work that its quite magical. I tried to capture it on…

City Surprises #13

Walking home a few days ago I was surprised to see Sauli Niinistö (the current Finnish president) staring at me from…

Snowy Helsinki

For the third year in a row, Helsinki has had good snowfalls. This is great news for those who enjoy…

City Surprises #12

Hearing about an ostrich farm in Finland is one thing – but spotting an ostrich in Helsinki is another… The first…

Lux festival 2013: Light art installations in Helsinki

Each year, in the dark of the Finnish mid-winter, a festival of light art (i.e. art installations primarily using light)…

The weeks that were – December 2012

It has been a really busy start to the winter for us both – while it has been a bit…

Kallion Tunnelma #2: Graffiti

While walking around our neighbourhood (Kallio) a few weeks ago (photographing some of the many massage parlour shopfronts), I was…

Kallion Tunnelma #1: Thai massage places

One of the characteristics of Kallio is the abundance of Thai massage parlours (“hieronta” in Finnish) – they definitely contribute…

Tamminiemi – visiting a past presidential residency in Helsinki

Tamminiemi is one of Finland’s former presidential residences, a lovely old building which houses the Urho Kekkonen museum.   Located…

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