Category: Kallio

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…

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…

City Surprises #9

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

Flowers in the park

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

An evening walk to the frozen sea

If you live in southern Helsinki, you probably don’t live too far from the sea. We live really close to…

Today we had another Ravintolapäivä (Restaurant Day) in Helsinki. And once again, we could just pop off to Karhupuisto to get…

  So as mentioned in an earlier post, we went off to Ravintolapäiva in our local park (Karhupuisto). And while…

This Saturday is the third Ravintolapäivä (“restaurant day”) – a celebration of food across Helsinki (and Finland). We didn’t attend the two…

So this week the temperature dipped below zero in Kallio for the first time this autumn – we’ve been enjoying…

It is nice and chilly these mornings. This is especially true after a cloudless night – which also means we’ll…

On Sunday evening Brigitte and I had a very pleasant surprise… we thought we were hearing a noisy motorbike outside,…

Pelmeni are Russian-style dumplings – and also the signature dish of Pelmenit (in Finnish the plural of pelmeni) is a…

Last Sunday before church, Pete and I went to visit one of our closest museums: Työväenasuntomuseo or Worker Housing Museum….

Parking is a real issue in the centre of Helsinki – so how inconsiderate is this driver who left his…

Yesterday we headed down to the Hakaniemi Market Hall for a small celebratory lunch (almost 100 days in Finland!). There are…

Just up the street from us, between the Kallionkirkko and the Kallio public library, is the Karhupuisto (karhu = bear, puisto…

So, my Dad asked for a map showing the location of Kallio – I figured I’d start at rather a…

To give you a bit of an idea of where we stay… Kallio is a few minutes walk north of…

A week ago we were packing up our things in Töölö Towers – seven days later it feels like we…

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