Before getting mowed down by a cab, I did have a few short hours to soak in Helsinki—quite literally. It didn’t stop pouring the entire time I was there.
I did thank my lucky stars, for once, I decided to throw my rain jacket in my carry-on last minute.
But jacket or not, the wet and cold (40 degrees in JUNE) still didn’t make for the most pleasant day of seeing Helsinki by foot.
Nor was it good for my camera, which dodged raindrops like bullets. (And try as I may, I couldn’t correct all the water spots in Lightroom.)
The thing is, while the architecture was beautiful, Helsinki, to me, could have been any ol’ Scandinavian city. There was nothing particularly defining about it.
Prior to my trip, quite a few travelers told me Helsinki’s a 24-hour city. I usually don’t believe that any place can be absorbed in such a short period, but this time I’m inclined to agree.
Next time I’m in Finland, I think I’ll skip the capital entirely, and head straight to Lapland where the reindeer play.
*All photos taken with a Canon XTi, 10-20mm lens (but my 17-85mm is back and good as new—finally!).
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