My first full day in Helsinki has come and gone and I’m able to share my first impressions with you.
First of all: even though it’s cold, it’s not as cold as you would expect by looking at the thermometer. The air being dry here really makes a difference. It’s reassuring to know that I might survive (and even enjoy) a dogsled in northern Finland in temperatures of minus 10 or less, one day. I always doubted that, because in Belgium every temperature hovering zero makes me feel like my ears and nose will freeze off.
Helsinki itself then: a modern city with enough shopping malls and restaurants to keep you busy for a while. The first night I met up with some old schoolbuddies of mine: Rob and Mathias, also here for the wedding. We decided to stay away from McDonalds and went for something a bit more local. Pascal, the groom, gave us a good tip and sent us to Harald.
At viking-restaurant Harald we enjoyed our first taste of beaver sausages and reindeer steak. Beaver sausage tastes a bit stronger than reindeer, but I suggest to try both if you ever have the chance. For my vegetarian friends reading this: I honestly try to cut down on meat in general, but when going out for dinner, I usually can’t resist!
Dinner at Harald was great. The food may have been authentic, though I strongly doubt the headgear was…
Rob and Mathias
PS: Rob and Mathias made me promise I would only write good things about them, so here we go: they’re both great guys with nothing but love for their wife and kids. Even though they’re here and having a good time, I can tell they already miss them 🙂
Seeing Rob standing in front of a idyllic pond in National Park Nuuksio, shooting a short selfie-movie talking to his young son, telling him to be good was especially heart-warming. Needless to say, they’re both great guys.