Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tech news from expats for everyone

If you are into technology you've go to check out the new TechXpats Podcast from Helsinki. It's produced by a bunch of tech interested expats from the captial area. Every Wednesday they come together to talk about the lastest stuff happening in the tech szene. But they also talk about expats' life here in Helsinki.

Here are a few words from them directly:
Being expats ourselves, we decided to focus on the latest etch news, but also incorporate advice and information for other expats - as we're all aware of how difficult it can sometimes be when moving to another country and adapting to living in a whole new environment and culture. We regularly recommend apps and sites that can help people in their day-to-day lives, as well as take and answer listener questions on all things tech. In the coming weeks we will also be starting a weekly feature on startups. This will focus on not just local startups, but startups from around the world, from both locals and other expats.

We've got some really great guests and features lined up for future episode. So as we keep recording and producing, our podcast will hopefully become better and better (we're all still quite new at all of this), and we'll be able to help and entertain more and more people out there!
This week they indeed already have an exciting guest on the show. Adam Christianson from the MacCast podcast will be discussing with Stephen, Ken, Guillermo and Anu.

Visit their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ page where you can also get in contact with them directly and ask questions or give feedback. Also check out their first episodes. You can get their podcast through iTunes or Feedburner.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Casual, central and delicious

Are you searching for a casual place with good beer and decently priced but delicious food? Then come to Café Bar 9. It's located on Uudenmaankatu and the perfect place for a filling lunch or a casual dinner.

Bar Café 9

Café Bar 9 offers a selection of sandwiches, burgers, pasta, wok, salads and soups for. Mains are around 10 - 18 € and the portions are always quite big. So don't worry about having to leave hungry. One of their all time favorites that made this place favorite is their Pollo Limonello Pasta.

Ceasar Salad and Club Sandwich at Café Bar 9

But even if you are not hungry you can alsoways drop by just for a drink and watch people pass by outside on the street.

Give it a try and enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tipping in Finland

Whenever you arrive in a new country it is important to know how the tipping in that culture works. So how does it work in Finland? (If you are a Finn, live here already or visit often, you can stop reading now)

tipping not needed

Tipping in Finland is not really common. Meaning that noone expects you to tip. Since most people pay with credit or debit card they anyway tend to just pay the basic price. And don't worry if you do that as well since the service is already included in the price.

If you like to tip anyway you can of course do that. Therefore you will sometimes find a tipping jar at a bar. Or you can also ask the waiter to type in a different amount when paying by card. There is no percentage you have to follow though. And expect to be looked at in surprise when you try to tip.

All in all Finnish pricing concept is pretty staight forward (especially compared to countries like the US). You pay the amount that is written on the bill.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Protest in wood

Did you spot this trunk in the city center next to Lasipalatsi? It is the work of artist Sanna Karlsson-Sutisna. Until the end of next week this work in progress will be still visible on the same spot while she will slowly finish the piece.

Sanna Karlosson-Sutisna's work in Helsinki

With this Sanna wants to raise attention to the bad working conditions for artists in Helsinki. According to her not just rents for studios in the city are ridiculously high. Also receiving visibility is very costly and leaves the artists in the end with a very small income.

To find out more about Sanna's art visit her website or talk to her in person this week in the center.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekend, sunshine!

After a cold and rainy week the weather got nice again just in time for the weekend. For the upcoming days sunshine and temperatures around 15 degrees have been predicted.

sea at Kaivopuisto

So leave the house and enjoy the beautifull fall weather. Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Three more days with over 80 movies

The Rakkautta & Anarkiaa Film Festival is slowly coming to an end. But this weekend is still packed with lots of movies. Over 80 films will still be screened throughout this weekend.

Rakkautta & Anarkiaa 2014

A perfect chance for you if you have missed out on the festival so far to still find a great movie to watch in some of the nicest cinemas in Helsinki. Have a look at the program and get some of the last tickets before the festival ends this Sunday.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Street puuro

Finns love their pordige in the morning. The so called puuro is the probably most popular and definitely one of the most traditional breakfast meals in Finland.

Elovena Puurobaari

Following the next street food trend in Helsinki the well known Finnish poridge brand Elovena offers puuro to go this year. Located right next to Vanha Ylioppilastalo it is ideal for for people working in the city center. Apart from poridge with different topings the Elovena Puurobaari of course also sells coffe. If you still want to grab your cup of puuro, be fast. The truck will just be in the center till the last day of September.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall is here

The leaves are starting to change their color and to fall. Now the colder time of the year starts. Northern and Eastern Finland thave even had the first snow already.

The good news is that after a cold and rainy week the weekend seems to get much warmer and sunnier again.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Messed up public transport

Most of you probably already made your way to the office by now and realized how complicated that is today. The metro and tram drivers in Helsinki are on strike today. And that will last for the rest of this Tuesday. Eventhough HSL has been trying to replace some of the connection with busses the whole public transport is quite a mess today.

Strike information on the HSL website

Since the strike now even spreads to commute trains and replacement busses, HSL recommends people to rather walk or use the the bike today if they can. So if you have somewhere to be today, plan enough time to get there. Reaching your destination in Helsinki could get quite tricky. For more information stay up to date on the HSL website and on YLE News.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tea for kindness

It's getting colder in Helsinki. Time to switch from cold lemonade to some good warm tea. And thanks to the guys from Clipper Tea that even comes for free. Inspired by the way Finns enjoy life despite the cold they opened a pop-up tea kiosk called Clippakioski in Kansalaispuisto next to Musiikkitalo that serves their warm delicious and organic tea. It doesn't cost you a cent. The only thing you should leave at the kiosk is a note of kindness on their blackboard. Just write something nice for the next visitors to come.

Come there, leave a note of kindness and grab a cup of Clipper tea. The kiosk is open every day till September 26.