Seurasaari is one of the many islands that make up the fringes of Helsinki. It lies to the northwest of the city, connected to the mainland by a white, wooden footbridge that is easily accessible from the city centre via the 24 bus. There are a few things that make rocky, forested Seurasaari special among Helsinki’s hundreds… Continue reading Helsinki: Seurasaari and its Squirrels
Just a quick post to say that if you’re interested in finding out a bit more on Finnish reindeer herding following my long-winded Lapland story, you can check out this post on my other blog here: http://www.pawsthinkwrite.com/reindeer-herding-in-finland-farming-wild-lapland/ Enjoy! (Hopefully)
The 1st of May is one of the most important days on the Finnish calendar, and this year we were lucky enough to spend it in Helsinki. May Day, known as Vappu, is the day that the city truly comes to life after winter, to celebrate the arrival of spring in style. We started our… Continue reading Helsinki: Vibrant Vappu
Whilst the beginning of April isn’t the traditional time of year for Brits to visit Lapland, we thought we’d better make the most of being in Finland and head up north to pester their reindeer, huskies and Christmas elves while we had the chance. As students, we had the option of joining an organised group… Continue reading Lapland: A Spring Adventure
Last weekend, we got up at an ungodly hour and made our way to West Terminal 1 (Länsiterminaali 1) at the West Harbour in order to catch the 8.30am Eckerö Line ferry to Tallinn, Estonia. We were pleased with ourselves when we booked it because an online sale meant that we got the return tickets for… Continue reading Helsinki: To Tallinn And Back Again
As of today, we’ve survived 1 week in Finland! We now know roughly how to count to 10 in Finnish, and can say ‘cat,’ ‘dog’ and ‘uh oh, this is not good’ – essentials for small animal veterinary learning. The temperature in Helsinki has occasionally dipped below 0°C in the time we’ve been here, but… Continue reading Helsinki: Snow!
I arrived at Helsinki Vantaa Airport three days ago, accompanied by two suitcases, one fellow vet student and a mild sense of panic. This panic was obliterated by the inexplicable sight of a stuffed beaver surrounded by a faux meadow, on display as the centrepiece of the luggage belt. An excellent start to any adventure.… Continue reading Helsinki: Touchdown