I finally got my cash at the Western Union. Then I hopped onto the tram for the National Museum of Finnish history, which was really nicely done. Next, I rode the trams around town, trying to get a sense of place . I've been here a couple of days and still didn't feel I understood the layout of the city. I do now. I got off at a random stop, took photos and walked back. Now I'm going to spend the next two hours trying to finish my final paper.
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Leaving in the am for a 1.5 hour guided sightseeing around the city. Next, I might take a ferry to Soumolinna (spelling?) which has another museum and a lot of history. Finally, many museums are open late, so I'll try to visit one or two. I have a Helsinki pass, which means that all of these events are free. I have to make use of it.
Quick Observations about Helsinki:
*People are super friendly and very helpful, especially going out of their way to help me find a place to get money.
*The architecture is colorful and beautiful -- with many influences from St. Petersburg.
*Nearly every Finnish person speaks really good English, in my experience so far. I know this is true for many Nordic countries.
*Like in Oslo, the Fins are taking advantage of their short but beautiful summer. People were picnicing in the park, enjoying a drink in several area parks, sunbathing lakeside, taking cruises to the many islands, and strolling around in the beautiful, warm sunshine. It's been much warmer here in Helsinki than Oslo -- that was a surprise.
Off to the paper.