The last weekend in September I spent as a few of you already know in Helsinki.
It was not only my first trip ever to this beautiful City up north in Europe. It was also my first trip I did all by myself which makes it even more special. Sure I visited a few German Cities all by myself. I even moved into a few cities all alone but I actually never ever packed my bags and left for any foreign Country in which I havent been before. As you can imagine I was really, really excited to get ready for the trip. Every now and then whilst sitting in the bus driving to Hamburg Airport or waiting for boarding while sipping a Coffee I got that huge smile on my face and that thought in my mind ” I am really doing this”, which made me more than happy.
It only took a bit more than 1 h to fly to Helsinki and I am never going to forget this moment as the airplane flew out of the cotton clouds and you could see the Baltic Sea with so many small Islands before there was the mainland and the City of Helsinki. Another first was that I finally got to meet Heidi, which is the person I know since “there was the Internet” ;) You know since back in the “Myspace” times we are friends. Around 10 years that must be! Not the closest but over the years we changed Social Networks and we also had major changes in our own personal lives, we also had times in which we havent wrote to each other for a while but we always stayed in touch. Now was the time to MEET! :D
What can I say. It was an amazing weekend. I thought it would be way colder you know silly of me to think only if it’s “Up North” it has to be much colder but it was the same temperature as in Hamburg. Oddly it felt actually a bit warmer in Helsinki. Heidi picked me up from the Airport and I was astounded that there was so much forest along the streets. Quite a shock when you come from a “crowded” City where there only are a certain areas filled with some woods. We dropped of my bag and went to the City! Strolled around before I had my first Dinner on Suomi ground, which was superb! Fresh Salmon, Mashed Potatoes and honey glazed veggies! We spent the Friday Night seeing Don Johnson Big Band which was very cool! It’s a Finnish band and me, Heidi and a friend of hers really had some fun. Some Blueberry shots with whipped cream were involved at some point as well :P … After the gig I got the chance to get a picture with Tommy Lindgren the main voice of the band and Elina a friend of Heidi’s.
After the gig we went into a Club, which name I can’t remember… The finnish songs always make me smile as I find it’s a fun language. I like the sound of it and it sounds even more fun when used in songs! Danced all the night away! :)
The Saturday started with a proper sleep in. We got ourselves wrapped up warm before we headed to the city center. We strolled around until we reached the harbour.
We took the Ferry to head to Suomenlinna , which is am amazingly large and intact Sea Fortress on an Island before the gates of Helsinki. (Click on the name and the link brings you to the visitors page, which has a brilliant picture of the Fortress!) Did you noticed that my name is in the Fortress’s name? I might even go back and claim it!! ;) We walked along the impressive Fortress. There are a few houses on the island in which people live in during the year and you can even find a supermarket and a few Cafès. There is a long waiting list for people who applied to want to live on the Island. Just a info if you had that thought as well…
Hungry and a bit freezing we got home to Heidi’s where here boyfriend Saku prepared a lovely Salmon meal. The best I have eaten in a while! He mixed green pesto and a Russian sour cream and covered the Salmon with it and put into the oven to bake for around 1h. We had potatoes with it! Simple but yet sooo good! :P
The next party was about to rise so we got dressed and headed back to town to party in Heidi’s fave location PERKELE. I met so many cool and funny people there and let me tell you the Finnish people know how to party HARD!! :D Shirtless men danced on top of everything. Headbanging hair everywhere and shouting and singing in the whole club!! Hard rocking metal freaks who all of a sudden behave like perfect Gentleman if a “quiet” song was played. I got asked twice from different Finnish man if I they could have that dance with me. This memory really makes me smile because it was such a wonderful experience and totally unexpected for myself. Loved it!!! <3
We were at Heidi’s somewhere around 5:30 a.m and grabbed a few hours of sleep before it was time for me to fly back home.
It was a perfect weekend! So much fun with people I barely know!!! Sexy people everywhere covered with lots of tattoos and pirecings! The way the finnish celebrate and behave was unusual but very much my cup of tea!!! I hope to be back at some point as there is so much more to see in this City! I can imagine how wonderful it must be during summertime when you have a proper Picnic at the Fortress Suomenlinna along with every other Suomi living in the city. The next time I am bringing more money, too!! Helsinki turned out to be the expansive place I have ever been too!! It topped Cities like London, Oslo, Stockholm…
Thank you again Heidi for having me. For showing me YOUR HELLSINKI!! It really was more than a pleasure!! :)