I spent the last two weeks in Finland, most of that time in Helsinki. I have a love-hate relationship with Helsinki. I love it to a certain extent, but exceeding that it starts to wear me down. Saying that I have to add that it´s a lovely city in the summer. A bit hostile in the winter, though, like any other Northern city.
There are places in Helsinki that don´t look like Finland at all. They look more like some foreign city where I haven´t even been, yet. Ullanlinna, Kaivopuisto, Kruununhaka… ancient buildings full of colours and details. Very un-Finnish.
So, I can be a tourist in the very city where I was born, and that´s the way I like it.
All photos from Helsinki, 2010.