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2013/06/15-18 Hameenlinna, Haltia, Espoo (Finland)

In contrast to my winter visits to Finland, the timing of Co-Create 2013 conference meant an opportunity to visit in the summer.  Minna and Petri now live in Hameenlinna, which is cottage country 100 km north of Helsinki.  As a way of beating jet lag, Minna suggested that we bicycle along the paths north by the lake (Vanajavesi).

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In town, the Finnish sense of humour shows up at the HAMK University of Applied Sciences with a milk pier, for which the design is patented.  It’s outside the dairy.  Students produce products which the local neighbours enjoy.

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Petri and Minna have a big back yard.  The weekend was warm enough for brunch under the gazebo, but not warm enough for shorts.

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One tourist attraction open on Sundays is the glass outlet in the town of Iitala.

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At the Naïvist Art Gallery at Iittala, was a showing of Tinga Tinga paintings — some on bike parts — from Tanzania.

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[See the album of 27 Hameenliina webphotos (with a slideshow option)]

Minna drove the commute into Espoo for Co-Create 2013 with me for two of the three days.  An evening tour for the group included a visit to the Haltia Finnish Nature Centre.

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The centre overlooks Pitkäjärvi (Long Lake).  The geographic features look similar to those in my home region of Muskoka.

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Since I hadn’t seen the new centres on the Otaniemi campus, Minna took me by the Urban Mill.

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A few doors over is the Startup Sauna.

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[See the album of 15 Espoo webphotos (with a slideshow option)]

Departing Toronto on a Thursday night and then returning from Helsinki on the Wednesday morning is the shortest trip that I’ve made to Finland.  Unfortunately, the demands of working in a small business are heavy, so I had to cut this visit short.

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