Friday, October 31, 2014

The Story of Vanha Kauppahalli

With the rennovated Vanha Kauppahalli a new gem came to Helsinki. Ravintola Story is located right in the middle of the old market hall and is a wonderful place for a break on your grocery shopping tour.

Ravintola Story at Vanha Kauppahalli

Story offers delicious smaller and bigger treats. You can have a filling handmade burger or some cocos curry clams accompanied by a glass of wine of their wide selection from small wineries from around the world. Or just go for some sweet or salty freshly baked pastry together with a cup of coffee.

Bar at Ravintola Story

All the food is for take away as well as to have there. But take the time and suck in the athmosphere of the beautiful old market hall while enjoying your food. Watch the people pass by or look out onto the harbor through the big windows.

Wine! Because no good story started with a glass of water

Check it out and enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fingerpori also in English

Fingerpori is one of the most popular comics in Finland. It is published in several Finnish newspapers around the country. Unfortunately for expats and tourists the jokes of the comic strips stay hidden if your Finnish skills aren't excellent.

Fingerpori in English

But the good news is that now also non-Finnish speakers can read Fingerpori. An English version of selected Fingerpori comics has been published in the book "Fingerpori from Finland". You can get it from book shops everywhere around the country or online. The price ranges from 15 to 20 €.

Have fun with Fingerpori!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Car drivers be prepared

No, the weather is not that bad yet. Actually this is one of the warmest Octobers in a long time. But anyway if you are a car driver you should prepare for winter.

snow covered parking lot

Have you already changed to winter tires? If not it's about time. You can do that yourself or let a garage take care of it (for around 30 €).

Also be aware that the speed limits have been changed on the highways. During the winter the fastest you can go in Finland is 100 km/h.

Drive safely!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Music from out of nowhere

If you walk through the Sanomatalo you might get a bit confused. Wasn't there just some music coming from somewhere?

radio from above at Sanomatalo

The Sanoma Group, one of the biggest media groups in Finland and resident of the building has put up quite a cool sound installation here. In different parts of the main aisle you can hear there different radio programs.

Give it a try and walk through it yourself. Sanomatalo actually also has quite a nice café with a good view towards Musiikkitalo and Kansalaispuisto.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Morning light

Thanks to the end of the daylight saving time we can all get up one hour later. This also makes the mornings a bit brighter again.

Sunrise over Helsinki

Have a good start into the week!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hello Wintertime!

Did you wake up to the right time this morning? For those of you who missed it, the time was changed back to winter time. Last night one hour was added again.

the winter time is back

If you still happen to confuse the time at an appointment, don't worry. You will only arrive one hour early, not late.

Have a nice Sunday!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bookfair weekend

Books, books, books. This year's Helsinki Bookfair takes place this weekend. Find out about the lastest trends and best sellers, talk to publishers and authors and find a few new additions to your book selection at home.

This year's guest of honor is Italy. To see the whole program of today and tomorrow check out the program online.

And it's not just all about books. With the same ticket (16 €) you also have access to the Music Fair as well as the Wine, Food and Good Living Fair that are held at Messukeskus at the same time.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Late Oktoberfest

You haven't been to the Oktoberfest in Munich? Well, luckily it is not too late to get the Oktoberfest experience even now. And even without traveling. During the weekend the Beerfest is in Helsinki.

Beerfest Finland in Helsinki

On Rautatientori right in the city center the big Beerfest tent invites you to come and join the party. The entrance fee is 17.50 €. Inside an entertainment program with music and show is awaiting. And of course you can get some snacks and food and of course beer.

For more information check their website and buy your ticket right away online. The tent opens on Friday and Saturday at 16.00 and stays open till midnight.

Have fun and a great weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

First signs of winter

This morning Helsinki woke up with a slight white cover. The first light snow fell last night. 
First white morning in Helsinki

But this most likely doesn't mark the beginning of winter. Temperatures are forecasted to rise again towards the weekend. But it shows that the cold time of the year is close.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Library on wheels

The library system HelMet in the capital area works flawlessly and is just really good both in terms of service and selection. But there is even more to it than just the normal libraries. Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa also have their own mobile libraries.

One of the capital area's library busses

Big busses filled with books drive through the cities and stop at several destinations every day to make the library service even more accessable. You can just come here and browse through the books or even reserve your book to be brought to your neighborhood by bus.

For the schedule and all stops check out the timetable of the library busses in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa.