Helsinki :: I ate bear

“I ate a Danish. Better than eating someone from Finland.”
Jarod Kintz

Went to Helsinki for two days, the annual retreat for La Familia. The four of us used to live together and have know eachother for decades now, so we have a yearly tradition. This year it was my turn to choose where to go and I found out Helsinki has a beer tram(!) Unfortunately, the tram stopped running two weeks before our trip 😦 but we still found stuff to fill our days.

La Familia with drinks

La Familia with drinks

Andreas had to get a later flight because of work, so us girls got the shopping out of the way after arriving and finding our hotel. We checked in, left our stuff, went out and got me new shoes (@Forum) #JustGirlyThings 😛 Then we found the closest restaurant/bar to our hotel and just relaxed and drank wine until Andreas joined us. Naturally, he was allowed a beer, the poor guy, before we all went to bed.

@Kiila ;-)

@Kiila 😉

Skumppa ;-D

Skumppa ;-D

The next day we checked out stuff I would recommend to everyone going to Helsinki:

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Wandering the streets and getting a feel for the place

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Visit the Helsinki Cathedral. It’s beautiful and centrally located.

Take goofy "band pictures" with your friends ;-D

Take goofy “band pictures” with your friends ;-D

Try out your new selfie stick at the top of the Cathedrals stairs ;-)

Try out your new selfie stick at the top of the Cathedrals stairs 😉

Wait for Top Model Finland to contact you...

Wait for Top Model Finland to contact you…

Check out the cool sculptures all around. Like most big cities, Helsinki has a lot of them...

Check out the cool sculptures all around. Like most big cities, Helsinki has a lot of them…

Check out the Finnair Skywheel - The view from the top is worth it.

Check out the Finnair Skywheel – The view from the top is worth it.

Inside the Finnair Skywheel - quite blue... Also, one of the pods has a see-through floor and champagne service (but it costs A LOT).

Inside the Finnair Skywheel – quite blue… Also, one of the pods is less blue than the standards, has a see-through floor and champagne service (but it costs A LOT).

There's love in Helsinki too...

There’s love in Helsinki too…

Down by the harbour there are more sculptures. Found some turtles to sit on \o/

Down by the harbour there are more sculptures. Found some turtles to sit on \o/

By the harbor you can also find the Hakaniemen Food Hall - they had an abundance of cool, weird and incredibly tempting food and sweets #Omnomnom

By the harbor you can also find the Hakaniemen Food Hall – they had an abundance of cool, weird and incredibly tempting food and sweets #Omnomnom

Find one of the thousand tourist shops and try on their amazing collection of hats and "head gear" *lol*

Find one of the thousand tourist shops and try on their amazing collection of hats and “head gear” *lol*

Right across the street from the Helsinki Cathedral you'll find Savotta, a restaurant that serves such delicacies as reindeer and bear! Delicious stuff! www.ravintolasavotta.fi

Right across the street from the Helsinki Cathedral you’ll find Savotta, a restaurant that serves such delicacies as reindeer and bear! Delicious stuff!
http://www.ravintolasavotta.fi

Find more stuff to sit on \o/ #CrunchableBirdses

Find more stuff to sit on \o/ #CrunchableBirdses

SUMMARY :: HELSINKI

If you’re going to Helsinki and I have to recommend just one thing: Get the bear. It’s not too wasy to find everywhere else (depending on where you’re from) and it was absolutely delicious. I would recommend Savotta as our experience was fantastic, the food, the staff, the drinks. We didn’t have a reservation, but they managed to squeeze us in.
If you’re pressed for time I (always) recommend wandering around. That’s how I get a feel for the place I’m in, rather than rushing from place to place to “see everything”.
Helsinki is not a place I fell completely in love with and can’t wait to go back to, but I have nothing negative to say about it. It was a great weekend in a really nice place and I’m happy to have been there. Go see it. Eat the bear, see the cathedral and go to a bar. The people are super-friendly, that’s probably the best thing I take away from my Helsinki-experience and that is a great compliment to a country: “your population is welcoming and cool” 🙂

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