Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

With a visit to the UK and Finland planned for the same trip, summer air fares led me to fly direct from Toronto to Helsinki, with a side trip into Heathrow and back.  I arrived in Helsinki just in time for the start of SEM 2009 — Service Engineering and Management Summer School — attending for the fourth time.  The classes were scheduled for the Otaniemi campus, as usual, but the first meeting was held at the Helsinki School of Economics downtown.

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I had booked a flight arriving that morning, so the introductory lecture was a big foggy.

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The welcome dinner was held at a restaurant just across from Senate Square.

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In a game depicting the Finnish heritage, a competition of hammering …

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… and sawing preceding the drinking songs.

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Besides attending the summer school lectures, I managed to squeeze in sightseeing.  Minna took me over to see the Design Factory.

July 30th, 2011

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Toronto, Ontario; Helsinki, Finland; Espoo, Finland.

Fountain and boardwalk by City of Toronto Parks and Rec department, marsh and cattails by mother nature. Woodbine Park north of Lakeshore Drive is nearby Ashbridges Bay, so this planned park is reasonably close to the pre-settlement state (Toronto, Thursday) 20100902 1830

Fountain and boardwalk by City of Toronto Parks and Rec department, marsh and cattails by mother nature. Woodbine Park north of Lakeshore Drive is nearby Ashbridges Bay, so this planned park is reasonably close to the pre-settlement state (Toronto, Thursday) 20100902 1830

Seeing off Noah for his flight to Beijing for 2 years at Renmin University. He won’t see this photo because both Tumblr and Facebook are blocked in China. We configured his blog, Google and Skype this morning. (Toronto, Sunday) 20100905 1330

Seeing off Noah for his flight to Beijing for 2 years at Renmin University. He won’t see this photo because both Tumblr and Facebook are blocked in China. We configured his blog, Google and Skype this morning. (Toronto, Sunday) 20100905 1330

Melanie Doane in trio at the Shops at Don Mills on outdoor stage. Saw her last at the Horseshoe Tavern circa 2000, which became the Melvin Live album. She joked at the comparison with Tiffany playing shopping malls in the 1990s. (Toronto, Friday) 201009010 1930

Melanie Doane in trio at the Shops at Don Mills on outdoor stage. Saw her last at the Horseshoe Tavern circa 2000, which became the Melvin Live album. She joked at the comparison with Tiffany playing shopping malls in the 1990s. (Toronto, Friday) 201009010 1930

Big hole in the ground, in Regent Park redevelopment, south of Dundas Street, east of Sherbourne. Work in process, tax dollars at work (Toronto) 20100922 1830

Big hole in the ground, in Regent Park redevelopment, south of Dundas Street, east of Sherbourne. Work in process, tax dollars at work (Toronto) 20100922 1830

Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail architecture critic, launches Revell Toronto Helsinki symposium, introducing the influence of Finnish functionalist modernist architect, Viljo Revell on Canada with the design of Toronto City Hall. 20100923 1845

Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail architecture critic, launches Revell Toronto Helsinki symposium, introducing the influence of Finnish functionalist modernist architect, Viljo Revell on Canada with the design of Toronto City Hall. 20100923 1845

September 30th, 2010

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The welcome dinner for my class was an easy walk across the centre of Helsinki.  Kluuvi is the commercial centre with major stores (and katu is Finnish for street).  Part of the city centre has pedestrian malls, and bicycles are most expedient.

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Without automobiles in this area, pedestrians have to watch out for oncoming trams.

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Sculpture provided a scenic touch to the walk.

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Approaching the harbour, the Esplanadi is a wide pedestrian boulevard with traffic running down both sides.

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The statue of Runeberg is a landmark where birds conveniently perch.

July 27th, 2009

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For the Helsinki portion of the Rendez workshop, we were joined by Gary and Teri, who had just flown in. With DLH in town for such a short trip, Karlos joined us for dinner at Eatz.

Eatz, Helsinki

Although I prefer the apartments at the Accome Parliament, the rest of the group stayed at the SAS Radisson Plaza just east of the Central Railway Station. The 20-minute walk to Stadia started by a new Ice Park directly on Railway Square.

Ice rink by the train station

January 10th, 2007

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As part of the study tour for NJIT executive MBA students visiting Finland and Helsinki Polytechic Stadia, the group visited Kone Corporation — that’s the elevator company!

One perk of visiting an elevator company is the ride up to the top to check out the view. Here’s the view eastward, over a small marina where a few people commute from their islands into work, with Helsinki on the horizon.
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October 24th, 2006

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For the second week of my two week stay in Helsinki, the first apartment hotel was full, so I was booked at another location over by the ferry docks, and kauppatori — the market square. Minna drove over, to help me move from one apartment to the other.

On the Sunday, the market hall (main building) at the kauppatori was closed, but the stalls outside on the market square were still open for business. Since the apartment hotel had cooking facilities, I bought a few vegetables for dinner.

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Minna and I shopped around for lunch. The best alternative (given my aversion to shrimp and dairy products) was a salmon paella. (As I do with Diana, I gave Minna my olives).

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There’s lots of tourist-type opportunities for shopping in the outdoor stalls, but mainly, Minna was just fooling around.

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Minna actually pointed out some watercolors by a local painter. She thought that they would be good when she gets a bonus cheque!

September 3rd, 2006

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