You gotta love big, buff guys sportin’ pageboys and holding glowing globes. I mean, really. And you’ll find these stoic, Prince Valiant look-alikes standing guard in front of Helsinki’s Central Railway Station.
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.
Shrouded in mist, atop hill of pink granite overlooking the Helsinki harbor sits the Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral.
In the U.S., many of us are enjoying the first taste of Fall, complete with golden mums and turning leaves in shades of red and orange. Here In Finland, the calendar may say that it’s Autumn, but everyone is getting ready for Winter … and the color of Winter is white.
Today was one of those typical Northern European Fall Days – breezy, misty, foggy, chilly, drizzly. We loved it! Felt like we were back in London, so we just pulled up our hoods, grabbed the brollie, and headed out to explore.
Even after only one day, we already love Helsinki. Hei (pronounced “hey“) in Finnish means hello, just as it does in English. So right out of the blocks, we could recognize a greeting … baby steps.
“Remember to celebrate the milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” –Nelson Mandela