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2008/03/14 Kamppi to Ruoholahti, Helsinki centre

A 3-day stay in Helsinki is really short for me, with just enough time for meetings, and then evenings with friends.
Continuing my round-the-world trip from Toronto to Tokyo to Beijing, I was in Helsinki for my shortest stay ever: 3 days. I’m often stayed in the west suburb of Espoo, but a short stay with a large potential for jet lag made an apartment in town more practical. In the city centre, it’s a close walk to the subway and bus station at Kamppi. There’s always something happening on the plaza.

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On this day, there was a carnival. A magician would do tricks for you.

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Old and young lined up to win prizes at putting.

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I don’t often ride the metro in Helsinki because it doesn’t run to the suburbs. In town, though, it’s quick, and I can charge the fare on my mobile phone to run down the prepayments that I accumulate every 6 months to keep my phone number active.

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One stop west is Ruoholahti. This area is near the sea, on the southwest side of the city. Continue reading2008/03/14 Kamppi to Ruoholahti, Helsinki centre

2007/09/07-14 Teaching and visiting in Finland

When I’m in Finland, the places are now familiar, and I get to meet people face-to-face.
Routing a flight through the UK is generally fortuitous, because it’s on the way to Finland. Since I’ve been coming to the Helsinki area relatively steadily during since 2003, I’ve developed a routine of doing similar things when I’m in town. On this trip, Minna and I co-taught a class at Stadia. One difference on this occasion was the grand meeting room, which is an improvement over the basement lecture hall.

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When I stay at Taina’s house, my schedule follows her commute pattern. Picking up Rulle from tennis lessons in Munkkiniemi puts us near warehouse shopping, so we stock up the pantry.

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On weekends, there’s an opportunity to prepare a leisurely dinner. This time, at Taina’s house in Soukka, we decided to cook Chinese food — an improvement over the choices available in local restaurants. Continue reading2007/09/07-14 Teaching and visiting in Finland

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