Monday, December 19, 2016
Helsinki, Pt. 1
The flight to Helsinki was rather uneventful. It actually went by rather quickly. Helsinki is closer to Moscow than Ufa is to Moscow! It still blows my mind how big Russia actually is. I arrived in Helsinki around 1 pm. I arrived in Helsinki later than expected because of Sheremetyevo Airport. Funny story about the airport. They took us on a bus to the airplane in a completely new area of the airport. It was at least a 15 minute drive. I guess it's not that funny, but it was strange. They also had to de-ice the plane which took about 10 minutes. Despite all that, the travel went by quickly.
Helsinki Cathedral, Senate Square, and the National Library of Finland. All three are in the same vicinity so we didn't need to go far. They are all free to visit as well. The National Library is free, and they allow you to take pictures, you just need to leave your coats and bags in the cloak room. Also, sorry for the horrible quality of the photos. I still can't take pictures indoors. I recommend checking out the National Library. It is so beautiful and contains so many amazing collections of books. Plus, I'm always a fan of free!
Aino where I ate the most delicious creamy salmon soup! Afterwards, we walked through Esplanadi and looked at some of the Christmas lights. Then, we headed back to our hotel. We didn't do much because it was cold and dark, and, honestly, it was just nice to be able to see family. I haven't seen anyone in my family since I went to Spain last December, and I have seen my aunt and uncle in an even longer time since they live in San Francisco.
Celebrating Daily and Amy from Newlyfleds were extremely helpful in responding to my e-mails and giving me advice.
Have you been to Helsinki? Where did you go? If you haven't, is it on your list?