Annika's flight got canceled, so she was stuck in Helsinki for a day. She was gonna travel to Tokyo later in the evening, but was sure to make the best out the situation – a day in snowy Helsinki.
So what does the millenial girl do? She sent a message to Jodel asking if anyone would be interested in showing her around for a few hours. We toured the main sights in a brisk -7 Celsius weather.
As you may know, the main historical sights are quite close to each other in central Helsinki. We managed to see Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko), Temppeliaukio Church (a.k.a. the Rock Church), Uspenski Cathedral, Sibelius Monument and lots more, in just a few hours.
While sightseeing, Annika told me about her impromptu trip-to-be to Japan – and the love story that was waiting for here there.
By the way, there was an event going on in the Senate Square, right next to the main cathedral. The Finnish army was celebrating its 100 years of independent field artillery. There were lots of traditional artillery pieces to see there, and of course these majestic horses.
And in case you were wondering, the horses with their white fabrics are not Ku Klux Klan members or anything else sinister. The horses were used in the Finnish wars in the 40's to carry equipment and also to bring the deceased back home from the battlefields. Since there's plenty of snow here, the white camouflage makes them less visible.
Our meet-up place: the wonderful Johan & Nyström café, Kanavaranta 7 C.