Saturday, September 26, 2015


While we were in Europe it was a good chance to go up to Finland to meet some of my finance colleagues.  So I flew up from London to have some meetings.  The company has offices on the waterfront which were designed by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.  

 Meanwhile Andrew spent a day in both Cambridge and London before flying up to Helsinki for a little time there.

Sadly for his exploration day alone it rain from sun-up to sun-down.  Meanwhile I got to visit the staff canteen where staff get subsidized lunches and very good food.

Luckily the rain disappeared for the weekend and we spent it exploring the city.  The architectural style is distinct - such as the yellow apartment building below.  Or the large city churches.

There were two events on over the weekend which we came across.  The 1st was 'garage-sale' day when anyone and everyone can set up on the street and sell excess goods.  The other was the midnight run which actually started at 9pm and runners run 10km through the city streets.  We went down to Senate Square and watched the start.  With over 10,000 entrants and plenty of spectators there was a great party atmosphere.  And lots and lots of bananas!

 And this was a city where we ate rather well.  From reindeer pastries at the market..bye bye Rudolph

To lovely dishes with red currant berries, everything was tasty.

But maybe the last word should be a picture of the man ordering "Mummy's Boy Meatballs", isnt he sweet?

From here it was a series of flights London-Bangkok-Vientiane.  

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