Posted by: virtualnothingness | January 8, 2009

Nuuksio and winter landscapes

Before Christmas we went for a walk in Nuuksio with Mikie, Ria and the dogs. It is one of the best times to see the national park with quite a few people out walking and the wonders of the arriving winter.

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Posted by: virtualnothingness | January 8, 2009

CouchSurfing Nordic meeting in Helsinki

In the beginning of December, we had a great Nordic CS Ambassadors meeting in Helsinki, with awesome guests from around Europe. Here’s some moments from the parties and happenings.

We were happy to host our dear friends Ricard and Lucy, what a happy time it was to meet again!

Posted by: virtualnothingness | November 30, 2008

CS Christmas party in Helsinki

Janna and Marc-Olivier arranged a great Christmas party, with lots of the regular CouchSurfing crowd in Helsinki. The party was continued at the rather “local” Pub 21 at Helsinginkatu, where our favorite star Duke had a gig.

Posted by: virtualnothingness | November 30, 2008

How to survive the dark months in Helsinki

So okay, I’ve been a bit lazy updating the blog lately. Or rather busy, actually.

These are, in my view, the hardest months of the year, when the days go shorter and shorter and the weather generally is lousyish in wait for the real winter to fall in. Anyways, this is usually one of the most partyfilled and social seasons too, and that gives the spark to just push through until the snow comes and the days begin to be longer.

Here’s a little album of photos from the previous months.

Posted by: virtualnothingness | October 12, 2008

Revisiting Portugal

I saved a week of summer vacation to make another trip to Portugal in the end of September. The previous visit was during Easter, so my two seasons this year was spring and fall.

We spent most of the time around Lisbon, but also made a two day visit to Ellie’s uncle’s farm in Oliviera de Hospital some 250 kilometers north of Lisbon. Here’s a few pics from this vacation in Portugal.

Posted by: virtualnothingness | September 14, 2008

Autumn CouchSurfing in Helsinki

After moving back to Helsinki, it took some time for me to get more active in the CouchSurfing circuits. I guess I had some catching up to do with my old friends first, having been away for a while. Anyhow, during the last few weeks, I’ve been much more active, participating in weekly meets, parties, guiding travellers and hosting some of my old friends.

Fall is coming quickly in Helsinki, with the temperature dropping surely about five degrees in a week. On the good side, the rainy weather that plagued the city for many weeks seems to have stopped. This is a good time to visit Helsinki. The city is quieter than in the summer months, and the autumn colours give the city a special beauty.

A Belgian guy fooling around with his iPhone at Serkan's and Funda's housewarming party

A Belgian guy fooling around with his iPhone at Serkan and Funda's housewarming party

Duke, Arho, Serkan and Funda

Duke, Arho, Serkan and Funda

Funda with a cat not willing to pose

Funda with a cat not willing to pose

Sparrows having a meeting at Café Carusel

Sparrows having a meeting at Café Carusel

Showing Helsinki to Svetlana from Saint Petersburg

Showing Helsinki to Svetlana from Saint Petersburg

Autumn colours in Kaivopuisto

Autumn colours in Kaivopuisto

Posted by: virtualnothingness | September 8, 2008

Tour de Helsinki

To celebrate the great stage win by Jussi Veikkanen in Deutschland Tour, our three-man Snigel Speed team went for a good first performance in the 140 km Tour de Helsinki on Sunday.

The event had close to 1000 participants, and was very well organized. The first 11 km went slowly behind the event car, but from that on it was free competition.

Me, Tero and Mika-Jussi rode with a group obviously aiming for an average around 30 km/h. Since the start behind the car had been slow, the group actually rode around 34 km/h. All went very well until the last 30 km, when the group split up with some speeding for a better time and some getting tired. I was somewhere in between, ending up with a finishing time of 4:37 (an hour behind the winner) and an average of close to 31 km/h.

Next year I will try for a much better time. With a little bit of preparation, and riding in the right group, I think we all would have possibilities for around 4:15. So, hoping for a good year 2009.

Start hulabaloo at Tour de Helsinki

Start hulabaloo at Tour de Helsinki

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Still from a video: me on the right, big and determined 😛

Me and Mika-Jussi in the finish

Me and Mika-Jussi in the finish

Tero in the finish, looking like after a Sunday ride

Tero in the finish, looking like after a Sunday ride

Posted by: virtualnothingness | September 1, 2008

Saint Petersburg revisited

I’ve been lucky enough to get a project in Saint Petersburg, meaning that I’ve been able to combine business and pleasure a few times with trips eastward during August. Though living only a few hundred kilometres from the metropol, I’ve never visited it until this year, mostly due to not bothering going through the process of visa application.

St Pete is about eight times as big in population than my hometown Helsinki, and actually nearly every Finn would fit into the population. Then it feels strange to think that Peter the Great started building the city only 305 years ago.

The gigantic Pribalitskaya

I stayed at the gigantic Pribaltiskaya, a hotel with 1200 rooms

Typical street view with trolley bus at Bolshoi Prospekt

Typical street view with trolley bus at Bolshoi Prospekt

Tikkurila Finncolor!

Finns taking over the world: Tikkurila Finncolor!

Park art

Park art

An abandoned church at Bolshoi Prospekt

An abandoned church at Bolshoi Prospekt

The classic icebreaker Krasin

The classic icebreaker Krasin

Museum submarine Narodovolets

Museum submarine Narodovolets

Building boom in Saint Petersburg

Building boom in Saint Petersburg

A great expat bar!

A great expat bar!

Strelna close to Peterhof, destroyed by the Germans and rebuilt by Putin

Strelna close to Peterhof, destroyed by the Germans and rebuilt by Putin

Palace of Peter the Great, who could be really modest at times

Palace of Peter the Great, who could be really modest at times

A building probably destroyed during the siege

A building probably destroyed during the siege

Picnic in Strelna with Lena, Lena and Ivan

Picnic in Strelna with Lena, Lena and Ivan

The tram to Strelna. Old and noisy, but worked fine.

The tram to Strelna. Old and noisy, but worked fine.

Pensioneers selling of their small crops

Pensioneers selling of their small crops

Church of the Savior on Blood, erected on the place of the assasination of Alexander II

Church of the Savior on Blood, erected on the place of the assassination of Alexander II

Saint Isaac's Cathedral and the Admirality

Saint Isaac

View over Neva

View over Neva

Peter and Paul fortress

Peter and Paul fortress

The Hermitage. Must visit it at some point. With lots of time.

The Hermitage. Must visit it at some point. With lots of time.

Posted by: virtualnothingness | August 24, 2008

Some pictures from Korkeasaari Zoo

Korkeasaari is a zoo island close to the Helsinki city centre. The zoo has been there for over a hundred years, and the long history makes it interesting also from other points of view than the animals.

Last Saturday me, Ellie and my father went for a visit despite the rainy weather. It was a good choice of day, because the weather kept away the big crowds that usually fill the zoo on weekends. Here are some of the pictures I took.

A cayman ready for a meal

A cayman ready for a meal

The wooden lookout-tower with a fine view over Helsinki

The wooden lookout-tower with a fine view over Helsinki

A green snake you wouldn't like to meet in the wild

A green snake you wouldn't like to meet in the wild

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Red Panda

Red Panda

Bored Lynx

Bored Lynx

Snow goat

Snow goat

This would be the opportunity, if you ever wished to kick some bear butt.

This would be the opportunity, if you ever wished to kick some bear butt.

Dry bear wants to tease bear in water...

Dry bear wants to tease bear in water...

...but doesn't go unpunished

...but doesn't get away unpunished!

Seals do backstroke too

Seals do backstroke too

 

Ellie tries some skunk odor

Ellie tries some skunk odor

Posted by: virtualnothingness | August 4, 2008

Final days in Stavanger

The last two nights we stayed in Stavanger. It seems like a nice city with cozy restaurants and an interesting history. Nowadays it is an important port for the oil and gas industry, but before the oil was found it was the centre for packing sardines, that was one of the most important export goods of the time.

We spent the last afternoon at one of the splendid beaches enjoying the sunny day.

Wooden Stavanger

Wooden Stavanger

Old ships in Stavanger

Old ships in Stavanger

Stavanger Hermetikk museum sardine packing machine

Stavanger Hermetikk museum sardine packing machine

Not from the south, but Stavanger. Strange.

Not from the south, but Stavanger. Strange.

Seagulls at the beach in Stavanger

Seagulls at the beach in Stavanger

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