This has to be the most stressful thing I've ever done. Yet, I regret nothing.
It was also the most fun thing I've ever done!
We had planned to stay in a hotel while we are in Helsinki, but soon we realized the prize is skyhigh. I was really upset because, that was one the biggest experiences I was waiting for, but oh well, some other time then.
Travel part was easy. We took a train there. Convienient, fast, smooth, and ecofriendly. I'm very happy that the train tickets were very cheap. I never had been in a train before, so I was so excited to be in one I was being me and got stressed to even buy the tickets. The netsites work just as well as the train itself.
The date we decided based on the next part of this series. My trip to Tallinn with my sister. So the date to go to Helsinki was 2 days before that. Reason being that the cruiseship was due to go from Helsinki.
This was one hard morning for me. I couldn't sleep very well because of the excitement and nervousness. The wake up was too early (for me) at 8am. Being also me, I overslept.
When I finally woke up, my mourning routine took so much time, we almost missed the train. Luckily, we made it. Then there was some old couple sitting on our seats. I couldn't ask them to move so we decided to go somewhere else. I got a bit seasick and was so tired, I needed ten tons of caffeine. Otherwise, I loved the ride. Trains are gonna be my favourite.
Now, we were there. The big city. And boy, oh boy. This was some crazyride. I felt like I was far from home. Tampere is not a small city either, but this was another level. Damn, This looked like a mini version of NYC. Bright lights, shopping centres, fashionistas everywhere. I'm so gonna go back there for shopping. Now we decided to go somewhere close but more peaceful. Kaisanniemen puisto. Perfect, a park nearby. It was beautiful and the first place ever where I've seen geese. They looked like a little gang :D Weather was really against us at this time. We ate some soft ice in a pouring rain. It still tastes good, haha.
This was the day I was waiting for. Meeting my fiances sister, Suenne, for the first time. She is one of the sweetest and nicest person I've ever known. Remember when I told that we couln't sleep in a hotel? Instead we had a comfortable setting with his sister and his sisters partner. They have the most adorable cat ever. Cutie furrball boy called Tatu.
Before we headed to her apartment, we went to chat to a smokey, adorable little pub/coffe house called Old Hat. I was too shy to talk much. We have to visit them more often now, so I'd stop being so shy. The place was so cozy and I felt very welcome there. Suenne is an artist, to be more exact she is an author.
Before sleeping we went to beautiful park just next door the apartment. Strömbergin puisto = Strömbergs park. Gorgeus views, amazing little waterfall. One of the most peaceful places Ive ever seen! Then we went to sleep, I was out like a candle.
This morning was a lot easier to wake up than the first one, yet I still refused to get up in time. Did my makeup and was getting ready to an epic day in an epic city with the most epic company. I was gonna meet my "brother" Elmo (The green manatee). We haven't been seing much because he lives so far away. We both have gone trough some hard times in our life and we are at somewhat in the same point right now. Both would love to go to school, but we both have reasons why we can't follow our desire.
So this time we took a bus to the central, and I went sitting close to the Kaisaniemen puisto, while Samuli was going to buy us something to drink. IT WAS A MISTAKE! I should never sit alone anywhere. I was alone, minding my own business, about 5 minutes. Then this gentleman from Africa walks to me and starts a conversation with broken english. He was asking me all kinds of things. Like, why I am alone, Where am I going, Who I'm with. I tried my best to stay calm and nice, even tho - I was really nervous. I'm always scared what comes to new social encounters. He asked if he could sit next to me while I wait my fiance to get back. I couln't dare to say no. Luckily this man was very nice to me, and seemed like he didn't want any harm.
Then another gentleman walks to us, asking for weed. He was drunk. I'm not really good with drunk people. We told him that we don't have any weed with us, so he can't buy it from us. He kept insisting that we do have some and jut refuse to sell it to him. When we finally made him understan we don't have any, he went to chat with his other friends. Well, now I was scared to death but its not ending yet. There walks another man, this time a finnish fellow. Even more drunk than this other man right before him. Now he tries to buy some weed from us, and again we try to tell him we don't have any. He didn't believe us and he was very aggressive. I was really close to a panic attack at this point, but luckily the first gentleman, who was sitting next to me, decided to take this man away from me.
The couple minutes I was sitting alone again went by. The gentleman comes back to sit next to me and tries to keep the conversation going. He keeps asking everything about me. I answered very carefully and then he asks for my number. I told him I'm not comfortable giving that to him, and he understood that. So I gave him my facebook link instead. Then he says his goodbyes and goes. I was furiously texting both Elmo and Samuli, near panic, I was trying to think where to go, so no one would come up to me anymore.
Now, Elmo comes up and I was so relieved. All the tension and panic faded away. Samuli also comes back at this point and I'm totally relax. Now the happiest day of my life can begin!
We headed to get some coffee from starbucks, because the only place where Starbucks exists here in Finland, is Helsinki. AND DAMN MAN. That was the greatest Iced coffee I've ever had. Next, we went to a another beautiful park. Vanha kirkkopuisto. We talked and had fun. Nothing extra special. We wondered around, looking everywhere, it was a gorgeus city. Thanks to Elmo for knowing where we were supposed to go, so we didn't get lost in there. I wasn't shopping even tho I wanted to. I thought its best to save all the money I can to the trip to Tallinn.
Then night starts to fall and we realize that we have to get up, extremely early the next morning. So, we made sure Elmo got to his bus safely and we took a bullet train back to the apartment. I was scared to even do that, cause I had no idea what to do, how to pay, where to sit. It went allright, eventually and now was the time to head to sleep. I originally thought I should stay up the entire night, cause I was sure I will not wake up on time. I fell asleep very fast and looking back. I would of been a stupid idea to stay up.
My thoughts on Helsinki in a nutshell:
- Very beautiful architecture
- Excellent summer city.
- Great for shopping and tourism.
- Parks are amazing.
- A bit expensive but worth it.
- So many people.
- Excellent ways to get around town.
- I love the subway!
- I wouldn't live there but I will definetly visit again.
Special thanks to:
My bae Samuli
Suenne & her family
I love you <3
Next part of this series will be about my trip to Tallinn, Estonia. I'll try to make it a bit shoter than this. Visit Helsinki and have a great day. Thank you for sharing this experience with me.
-Rebella Nana Darkstar