It may seem like an odd choice for me to travel to Finland as it’s not a Latin country and it will be the dead of winter but I have recently been fascinated with Finland for one reason.
Also known as my best friend’s husband. Petri was born in Finland and moved to Canada when he was young. But like most first generation immigrants he is still fiercely proud of his country and so I have listened to many stories about Finland. I’ve heard about the saunas, the education system and been exposed to maybe a few too many questionable phrases in Finnish. When I started talking to Visit Finland about visiting the first person I contacted was Petri.
It’s going to be cold!
I’m still in the midst of planning my trip so I’ve been watching YouTube clips trying to figure out what people do in the winter in Finland that doesn’t involve me on some crazy winter hike or polar bear dip. Petri admitted to me he had never been there in winter! Even though I consider myself to have the heart and temperature preference of a Latina, I do still have my hearty Canadian roots and subzero temperatures aren’t terrifying. Petri assures me it’s a dry cold so not as bad as Canada. But still I have Canadian friends who warn if I visit Greenland it’s a completely colder kind of cold.
I’m hoping to visit Helsinki and the nearby cities of Tampere and Porvoo. I found this video early on in my YouTube research and it made me realize that Helsinki is a really modern city. It was named The World Design Capital in 2012 and I think I may actually want to visit some of the museums and galleries there. I’m also hoping to spend time in the markets and discover Finnish food.
Porvoo is only 50km out and is most popular in the summer as it is so old it is considered an outdoor museum. Fortunately for me it is also known for its food with many restaurants and cafes. I still need to do a bit of digging as I won’t be out sailing the seas in the warm sun.
Tampere is the birthplace of industrialism in Finland, which meant it started off with an usually large blue-collar population and was nicknamed Manchester of the North. I have never been to Manchester but I have a feeling I’m going to like this city. It is also the home to blood sausage and you know I’ll be trying that.
As much as I have learned from Petri, I’m still looking for suggestions! I’ve been talking to his uncle in Finland who has been giving me the basics including which saunas I must try, warning me that I should go nude or I’ll look foolish. I am going to try to do things a bit differently this time and I’ll be posting live on my Facebook Page also I may try to put up some polls and other interactive things.
If you have been to Finland I’d love your advice. If there’s anything you want to see me do, let me know as I’m still planning!