Lovely Photos Kaksi (2)

•September 19, 2012 • 5 Comments

All-righty then! Your patience has not gone unnoticed my slavering fans. Photos are finally here for you to enjoy. Maybe someday I’ll write a big post about all the neat things that have happened, but until then it’s look and not read.

Some Helsinki cityscape.

The Church in the Rock, beautiful, like me!

Goodbye Helsinki! As I took a ferry to Suomenlinna island.

There are multitudes of street musicians beautifying the soundscape of Helsinki. This guy took the cake though because of his hat.

(and he wouldn’t give the cake back either, bully)

The joys of an open air market. Quoth the raven “These potatoes are overpriced.”

 

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Lovely Photos

•September 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I was going to go ahead and upload some photos for all of you to enjoy (or not, it doesn’t really matter), but then this happened. Be patient, your picturesoffinlandtakenbydylan craving will be satiated soon.

Finnish Lessons!

•September 11, 2012 • 2 Comments

Terve, admirers (yes, from now on readers of my blog are my admirers… and slaves). I have just returned to my lair having attended my first Finnish lesson. This is a big moment in your great Leader’s life.

I am taking a beginners Finnish course at the University. The class is about 30 students from all over the world. The most exotic places (so to speak) which people hail from include Albania, Armenia, Somalia and Serbia. Hooray for internationalism (or whatever). Of course everyone else speaks at least two languages already (except the bloody English twats (excuse my silly British swearing) and me). Since this was the first class of a beginner course, I really didn’t learn much that I didn’t already know. It was good to practice pronunciation however (ö is the worst letter ever created).

Anyhoo, that’s that for this. You may now free yourselves from my beautiful, hypnotic writing and return to your everyday lives. Keep in mind though, that thing that is missing every day, and you aren’t sure what it is. It’s my blog. If I haven’t written anything new, re-read the old stuff to keep yourself satiated.

Goodbye.

•September 7, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been here over a month now, it’s really crazy to think how much time has passed already without my hardly knowing it. I’ve just been doing everyday things, going to school, not going to school, laying around being lazy, etc. but with some notable exceptions of course. I spend tonnes of time hanging out with my fellow exchange students here in Helsinki and we’ve certainly had some fun times together. Sometime last week I went ten pin bowling for the first time, and was naturally very good at it.

One of the most fun days yet was when I went to Linnanmäki, Helsinki’s amusement park. My fellow Canadian and Albertan, Rae had free tickets because her host dad’s company was having an event. Now, as many people have let me know, Linnanmäki is not a very big amusement park. These are the people however who have been to places other than Callaway Park, and believe me when I say, Linnanmäki is many, many times bigger and better then that. I instantly scared myself half to death by going on Raketti (The Rocket) which shoots you straight up and drops you straight back down again at high speeds, and then on Ukko (thunder god) which looks like this. (Pic is actually a ride in Germany somewhere, but Ukko looks the exact same except yellow).

Then just last night there was a fireworks competition, so a group of us headed out to see that. Despite the huge crowed it was still easy to see the magnificent fireworks. Each show was about six minutes with breaks in between and we left after just three, however I think they carried on for some time. I managed to get some decent photos of them so enjoy. Until next time, hyvää paiva!

Keep in mind that you can click images for a larger view.

Quality Coffee

•August 25, 2012 • 2 Comments

Warning: Coffee Snobbery Contained Within

Since I finally received the PIN for my bank card and now have money to spend, I decided to treat myself to a high quality coffee. I heard about this café La Torrefazione on some blog or other, and it seemed a good place to start my search for a good coffee in Helsinki. It appears that they roast their own beans, however I didn’t have the time or the language abilities to learn anything about that at the moment. They were pulling shots on a La Marzocco, so I got myself an espresso macchiato. It was fine. The espresso had a bitter taste and some astringency and there was too much foam. I would definitely go here again though thanks to it’s easily accessible location.

•August 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This church is right across from my school.

Helsinki Night of the Arts

•August 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I walked around Helsinki with some other exchange students during the Night of the Arts. We didn’t see much art, and I only took a couple pictures, but here you go.

These lovely gentlemen were creating some beautiful music… err noise (I quite enjoyed it personally)

Then there was this guy who was simply too cool notto photograph. He has a robe and a drinking horn. How cool is that? (Very)

The most exciting thing was the massive domino line. It weaved it’s way all through Helsinki. Naturally I wreaked havoc upon the poor unsuspecting art installation.

(It was already tipped over, for safety until the real event started. The event itself was a bit of a letdown really. It was too crowed and we got to see about ten stones topple by before it continued on it’s way. Oh well.)

So fun was had, and dominoes were tipped in a safe, if not altogether timely, fashion.

You may be wondering, is he lying about the friends? Is he actually all by himself? Well, I’m afraid I was not alone, although it would have been favorable to being in the company of these amazing people.

Kristian from Germany, Kate from Alaska, Dylan from Canada eh (sorry), and Vivian from Taiwan.