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Porvoo, Finland - 28th March 2008

By: Delenna

Today we did some sightseeing by the River Porvoo. The river runs thru the city to the Baltic Sea. By the riverside you can see the old red shorehouses (which I saw earlier on my trip to the "sight tower") which used to be warehouses - and some still are while some are renovated from the inside to be living quarters. The houses were painted red in the early 18th century to look more pretty when King Gustav III was visiting (Finland gained independence in 1917). The red paint also protected the houses from sun and weather. On the other side of the riverbank they've built new houses which remind people of the old houses. The old ones are the most welknown sight in this town.

Did you notice the cruch/cathedral? The roof is being renovated as it was burnt by arson in May 2006. As the church itself is made of stone it didn't get damaged that badly - and the fire department came quickly. And that cannon is from the 2nd World War, naturally it's not in function anymore.

The hill you see in the last picture is the "Castle Hill" where used to be a castle/fortress hundreds of years ago. My host says it's a great place to play Robin Hood too! And the view from there is nice as well, you can see all the 4 bridges crossing the river.

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* Posted Mar 29, 2008, 8:48 am Last edited Mar 29, 2008, 8:52 am by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 31st March 2008

By: Delenna

G'day people :) Today I visited the local post office - and had some photos taken. I filled a mission - score! My host also bought some stamps: Moomin and the newer moving ones (their theme is downhill skiing). http://www.posti.fi/images/kuvitus/pmk/merkit/i_alppihiihto_arkki.jpg
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* Posted Mar 31, 2008, 11:55 am Last edited Mar 31, 2008, 11:56 am by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 1st April 2008

By: Delenna

On April's Fool we were nice to each other and didn't do any foolish tricks. Instead we walked around the city center. All the pics are taken around the market place/bus station or one block away. The fourth photo shows part of the Town Park. This town has many parks but this is the biggest. There's also a playground but we didn't visit it today. The last pic is from the main street, not very busy at that hour (the post office I visited is also on the main street). In the second last photo you can see older buildings on the old town side of the street. It was a nice sunny day in the city :)

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* Posted Apr 3, 2008, 4:14 pm Last edited Apr 3, 2008, 4:15 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Helsinki, Finland - 8th April 2008

By: Delenna

This is the capitol of Finland: Helsinki. It was a rainy day but we didn't let it bother us much. Helsinki has about 500 000 inhabitants and is located only 1h drive from Porvoo.

In the first picture is the Cathedral at the Senate Square. In the second pic is the Government Palace at the same square.

The next photos are taken one block away, at the Market Square. As you can see there are huge cruise liners but also smaller boats and ferries (not all in dock at that moment). The big cruisers go mainly to Tallinn (Estonia) and Stockholm (Sweden) frequently. There's also the Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral and in the next pic the building with the flag on top Presidential Palace. The president of Finland is Tarja Halonen, she's the first female president in this country.

The green phonebooth is not the regular Finnish phonebooth. You can hardly find the regular ones as everyone has a cellphone nowadays. My host guessed it's somekind of an attraction itself for the Finns - and not all tourists carry cellphones so... And it suits the small street it stands in! Next to it were that couple and their reindeer wishing people welcome to the souvenir shop.

After that is the Main Railway Station.

And in the second last pic a general view of the main street.

In the last photo there's the Parliament House, the white building is the Museum of Contemporary Art  Kiasma and the statue next to it is the riding Mannerheim (one of our former presidents) - and a corner of the main Post Office on the right.

Phew! This was one long entry to write, I feel like after a football game... Which reminded me, I've seen some of the fields but we (me & my host) are saving the pics for one entry, dedicaded to football  B)

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* Posted Apr 10, 2008, 8:33 pm Last edited Apr 12, 2008, 6:06 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 20th April 2008

By: Delenna

G'day mates!
Today we had a barbeque at my hot's mother-in-law. It was a sunny and warm(ish) weather so we ate outdoors. We had sausages, meat and fries - very tasty I say  :)  As BBQ is done with family & friends we took the shots with my newest tv friends Chamki and Roo in them  B) We did have a good day although we were a bit sad as we knew Chamki would leave to Germany next week  :thinking: I will be staying until June at least as my host has some very fun plans for next month! Just wait and see...  ;)

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* Posted Apr 22, 2008, 6:44 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 25th April 2008

By: Delenna

Football! Here's a tiny collection of the football fields I've visited here :) The first one is in Helsinki, the two others are from opposite sides of Porvoo. These are the small local ones, not the big "stadiums" but football is football ;)

Oh yes, in Finland "football" means "jalkapallo" which is considered "soccer" elsewhere. American football/rugby is called "amerikkalainen jalkapallo" (=american football) or (quite rarely) "rugby".

So actually football isn't football everywhere  :p

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* Posted Apr 25, 2008, 2:05 pm Last edited May 13, 2008, 6:23 am by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 1st May 2008

By: Delenna

We made our own vappu hats. Vappu is what they call 1st of May aka Labour Day. Then we got some balloons and streamer! They drink sima (mead) and eat doughnuts (and maybe \"tippaleipä\") on vappu. Some people attend marches and wear their graduation hats (especially undergraduate hats). I spent the vappu with my fellow toyvoyagers Ninni, Roo and Chokito  B)

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* Posted May 3, 2008, 5:50 pm Last edited May 3, 2008, 5:52 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 9th May 2008

By: Delenna

Outing was the word of today. It had rained so the air was fresh - and the ground a bit wet. I tried  to find 4-leaf-clovers with Chokito and the newest member of our group: Majed. Majed liked goofing around: he tried to make us believe he had found a 6-leaf-clover but Chokito & I saw that he held two regular clovers - and had this grin... It broke the ice and we started bonding :)

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* Posted May 9, 2008, 5:52 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 11th May 2008

By: Delenna

Today they celebrated Mother's Day in Finland - and so did we! We had ice cream cake, saw the flag of Finland (as it's a national day, everyone puts the flag up) and picked these white flowers (traditional trademark of the day). The girls had made cards and bracelets for their mom. Our hostmom enjoyed the day too  :D


(eating the cake: Chokito, me Alfie, Ninni, Roo and Majed - and we did leave some for the hostfamily too!)

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* Posted May 11, 2008, 4:47 pm Last edited May 11, 2008, 4:49 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Helsinki, Finland - 13th May 2008

By: Delenna

Today my host took all of us toyvoyagers with her to Helsinki as she took the youngest kid to a doctor's appointment (nothing wrong with the kid). I have of course been to Helsinki before, but this time we stopped at the other side of the city center. I wanted to put this pic of the stadium first - that's where they held the Helsinki Olympics in 1952!

The rest of the pics show the Linnanmäki Amusement Park from a distance.

Helsinki from the lakeside. My host made a sign showing where the Cathedral is, just to get an idea where we were.



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* Posted May 13, 2008, 7:18 pm Last edited May 14, 2008, 6:39 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 14th May 2008

By: Delenna

Today we threw a suprise belated birthday party for Roo, who turned 4 years old two moths ago! The was cake, candies, juice, singing - and of course a present & card for Roo. And joy & good company for all of us!

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* Posted May 14, 2008, 6:21 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 15th May 2008

By: Delenna

Wohoo! It's my birthday! Because of yesterday, I knew there was something coming... And I was right, the held me a birthday party too! First I blew the candle of my cake (rest assured, I did make a wish), then Roo gave me the card they had made for me - and a present! I was so excited to open it - and look what I got: a football fridge magnet! Way cool! Then we ate cake and cookies and had some juice. Oh yes, and they sanf Happy Birthday to me too. We did have a blast  :D

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* Posted May 15, 2008, 7:15 pm Last edited May 15, 2008, 7:16 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Helsinki, Finland - 17th May 2008

By: Delenna

Today we went to Helsinki again! There was a Postcrossing meeting in the Main Post Office (or more specific: the Wayne's Coffee cafe there). It was the first my host attended and she was both nervous and excited. I was just excited! And we did have a great time! We were all welcomed warmly. We got some chocolate tea and cafe latte - and we "stole" some Dutch Waffels (a Dutch postcrosser wanted to join with this contribution), see Ninni watching our backs while Chokito is stuffing his head in... B) We made new friends: the Official Meeting Pens and the Official Meeting Ducks  :D We helped the humans write "some" (101 as in one hundred and one) postcards and watched the Official Meeting Book being filled (we got our names there too!). The meeting took 3 hours after which my host went shopping for some more postcards  :rolleyes: Hey! Who put those fingers there!?

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* Posted May 17, 2008, 5:25 pm Last edited May 17, 2008, 5:43 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 19th May 2008

By: Delenna

I was walking on the street with my host and we passed by this football field. There were kids playing so we stopped for a while to watch them play.

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* Posted May 19, 2008, 8:18 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Suomenlinna, Finland - 21st May 2008

By: Delenna

Today postcards came to life! I visited the Suomenlinna fortress in Helsinki! I have seen many postcards from this place but it's totally different to really be here. This is also a Unesco World Heritage Site (since 1991). There I am, leaving Helsinki City behind and getting closer to Suomenlinna (which is also a suburb of Helsinki, 850 people live there). In the 3rd pic is the ferry on which we arrived.

That long, pink building is The Jetty Barracks. The east wing of the Jetty Barracks houses a recording studio, work rooms and a kiosk which also does duty as the local post office. The west wing houses a brewery, a restaurant and a gallery run by the Helsinki Society of Artists with changing exhibitions all year round. Hey, Finland has its own West Wing  ;)

I loved the sights there! It was very impressive. As you can see, I saw quite a few cannons too. I'm glad they're not operational.

The photo after the small lighthouse shows the King’s Gate, It is a symbol of Suomenlinna. It was built in 1753-54 as a parade gate for the fortress. It is said that the gate was built in the place where the ship anchored when it brought the founder of the fortress, King Adolf Fredrik of Sweden, to see the work in progress in 1752. You can't see its full monumentalism as the photo was taken so close (we couldn't get further, there was the sea).

There's also the submarine called "Vesikko", a veteran of the Second World War. In the 3nd last photo there's a group of kids, lead by a man in an old costume - he plays the king apparently, and makes the kids do fun stuff and learn the history on the side of it  :D

In the 2nd last photo I pose in front of the inside of the walls  :) The last photo shows the tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd (1710-1772), founder of the fortress.

Phew, that was quite a walk, even though we didn't step on all the islands (Suomenlinna consists of 8 small islands).

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* Posted May 21, 2008, 7:56 pm Last edited May 21, 2008, 8:01 pm by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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