Burst of color: the street, the light and the food in Helsinki.

January 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Wet ground reflecting the street's color on Alexandersgatan in Helsinki. Dec 10, 2011.

In Helsinki at 8:30 during a December morning, this is possibly what you would see: dark blue sky and drizzling rain while the puddle on the ground reflects the street’s Christmas decoration and colorful lights from the store. It was a mix of color in the dark which I didn’t expect to see in this city of the north. I thought it would be all snow and grey……But this is not the only thing I noticed about this city. « Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cathedrals in Helsinki

December 31, 2011 § 6 Comments

9 o'clock in the morning at the Helsinki Cathedral. Dec 10, 2011.

When I found out it was an easy bus ride to get to the city of Helsinki from the airport, I picked a connection flight that had a 10 hours of transfer and would allow me to make a quick day trip to see this winter wonderland. Okay… when I stepped out the warm and cozy HEL airport, what welcomed me was just rain and crazy strong wind. So here we go, my cold journey!

How can you not visit the Helsinki Cathedral (Helsingin tuomiokirkko)? I walked over to this Evangelical Lutheran cathedral at 8:45am. The sky was still quite dark, which really played tricks with my head. For a second, I was scared this could be the brightest they got in winter… Anyway, the white cathedral sit just beautifully up there against that dark shade of blue. I loved it. I thought it was quite strange that they built a high wall in front of the cathedral. Until I got close enough and realized that “wall” was actually stairs! Then I remembered all those pictures I saw online, people would sit there on the stairs to enjoy the sun in the summer!

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