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A Non-Stop Party in Helsinki


Every international traveler is besieged on a daily basis with language challenges. Phrasebooks help, but it’s always much easier when I don’t have to know the local language.

Of course, the A-1 situation is dealing with someone who speaks English. Next on the list, and almost as good, are the international symbol signs. I can’t count the times they’ve kept me out of the ladies’ toilet. And then, there are the situations that need no language or translation. Seeing is understanding, and humor always helps.

Boat Party 1

We had a good laugh in Helsinki, and not one word was spoken, or needed to be. This old rust bucket was tied up near the ferry terminal, and the sight on deck was truly hilarious.


And it took a close look to appreciate all the levels of funny. It was certainly a nice distraction on a long walk to the ferry on a rainy day.

Boat Party 3

Happy Trails,

P.S. You slang aficionados will be pleased to know that what’s actually going on here is a “Darty.” The Urban Dictionary defines it as: a drunken party while the sun is out; a day-time party.

Boat Party 2

20 thoughts on “A Non-Stop Party in Helsinki

  1. This is hilarious! Also interesting for me and my family….because we are going to travel to East Europe in Sept on a Finn airline that goes to Helsinki . We may stop by to see this interesting “art piece”!.

    • Thanks for the comment. Hopefully, you’ll be able to spend some time in Helsinki. We took the ferry from Helsinki to Talinn, and we spotted this party on our walk to the ferry. It was one of those funny coincidences that happen abroad sometimes. Where will you be visiting in E. Europe? ~James

      • We will be in Warsaw, budapest, Vienna and Prague. I had been there except Warsaw. Vienna and Prague are my favorites.
        You know what, I have to thank you for this: the theme that you use …I like it so much, that I went ahead and changed my foodblog to this “sight” theme. It looks so nice now . Check this out:

      • Thanks Denise. Your trip sounds fun, and Sept is the perfect time. We visited Prague in January (really cheap flights and hotels). Most days the high temps were 3°! You can imagine how fun that was. However, we discovered a lot of neat coffee shops. Also, I checked out your blog and the new theme looks great. We’ve tried a number of themes, and this is our fave. I’m looking forward to trying some of your great recipes. ~James

    • Congratulations on your award Alyssa – richly deserved! What a fascinating gathering of people you’ve assembled. We are touched and honored to be included in such eminent company. Many thanks. Can’t wait to check out all these enticing blogs.

      Please follow this link to our Awards Page to see our personal response and Thank You.
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    • Thanks Denise. When we were in Prague, we didn’t know much about Art Nouveau, and honestly, we didn’t know what we were looking at. If you’ve followed some of our posts on eastern Europe, you know that we’ve gotten more interested. Thanks for a nice post on Prague and it’s Art Nouveau. Now we can look at our Prague photos and say – “Oh, so that’s what style that was.”

      • Thank you. I took those pix as my friend was reading the tourist book! After coming back, I read something about art nouveau and started to like it. On WordPress, there are a few real fans of art nouveau . I have reblogged some of their posts on this blog, if you like to read them.

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