Helsinki, Finland Gallery

My Finland trip was filled with so many different experiences and aspects that not everything fit neatly into the daily trips logs prepared as part of my academic summary.  The additional photos found below either expand on the topics discussed or introduce places and sights not included elsewhere.

This gallery contains photos from downtown Helsinki, historic areas, and the harbor near the Gulf of Finland. Continue Reading →

Pajulahti, Finland Gallery

My Finland trip was filled with so many different experiences and aspects that not everything fit neatly into the daily trips logs prepared as part of my academic summary.  The additional photos found below either expand on the topics discussed or introduce places and sights not included elsewhere.

This gallery contains photos from Pajulahti Sports Institute in Finland.  Pajulahti is a vocational high school specializing in athletics and serves as both an Olympic and Paralympic training center. Continue Reading →

Lahti, Finland Gallery

My Finland trip was filled with so many different experiences and aspects that not everything fit neatly into the daily trips logs prepared as part of my academic summary.  The additional photos found below either expand on the topics discussed or introduce places and sights not included elsewhere.

This gallery contains photos from Lahti, Finland including the town center, waterfront area, and the winter sports complex. Continue Reading →

Finland: Day 8 – Pajulahti to Helsinki

Finnish Hospitality

We started the day with a ride on Omnibus.  We thought we were going to take a small, local bus (Pika) from Lahti to Helsinki but instead a double-decker Omnibus showed up.  This could have been a problem as Omnibus usually needs to have tickets purchased in advance.  The driver was very nice and offered to sell us tickets at the door if spaces were available.  He was not able to accept cash so I was going to pay with Visa, but when the card reader wouldn’t work, he invited us to come aboard for no charge.  He even made a special point to give additional instruction in English for us at the stops.  It was perhaps a small thing, but I was very impressed with this service. Continue Reading →