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31.08.10 – Ok, I should have posted this awhile ago because I picked up an iPad back when I was visiting my sisters in Paris. I was saving these pictures for sometime when I was lacking material for a blog post. I haven’t been lacking material, I’ve even been thinking I might even have to post two times a day, but I wanted to post something about my iPad now because I’m a geek and I’ve been using it more and more. I’ll have another post explaining why I had to have an iPad. Hold your breath ;)

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30.08.10 – Well our belongings have cleared customs and at least one of us has found an apartment. I helped Jaana get her stuff into her new place. We had to sort thru everything so my boxes could go back into storage. I did get my bike!!! Hopefully I’ll have my cycling shoes in a couple of days too so I can start hitting the road. Just in time because the weather is starting to take a turn for the worst.

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29.08.10 – Jaana, Max and Emma are settling into their new place. They did most of the work but I helped out a bit painting the high spots, the ceiling is really high, 10′ at least. Both kids painted only one wall in each room, Max chose green and Emma chose blue. The pictures here aren’t exactly accurate for color. Their stuff arrives tomorrow, so we had to get things painted today.

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28.08.10 – Max’s teacher handed me some tickets when I picked him up Friday. She told me, “this is a big Finland vs. Sweden athletic event… there will definitely be some fighting!” I wasn’t sure if the hockey season started this early or it was a football/soccer match. Turns out it was something even more sinister… Track and Field.

Max was wiped so I headed over by myself because the stadium is right around the corner. There weren’t any fights, at least to my knowledge, but Finland gave Sweden a whooping! The Swedes boarded their buses with their tails between their legs and made a bee line to the Viking Line ferry. No doubt the karaoke on board was weak that night!

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28.08.10 – Ok, it’s no Cedar Point, but Helsinki has an amusement park and Max was dieing to take me. We had a few hours to kill on Saturday so we jumped on the 8 tram and headed to Linnanmäki amusement park. The place isn’t that big, with only a couple of coasters and a handful of rides, about 40, but the lines weren’t long which made it more fun then other amusement parks I’ve been to. One of the best rides is the Wooden Roller Coaster or Vuoristorata in Finnish which has been a part of the park since 1951. Each train has a brakeman” riding on the back and although the ride is quick, it’s exciting to ride and has some beautiful views of the city, however brief. There’s also a ferris wheel and a Panorama ride which offer better views ;)

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27.08.10 – Helsinki was alive last night, celebrating Night of the Arts, the final act of a week-long celebration called Happy Helsinki. There were activities going on all over the city. I spent most of my time with Max in Töölönlahti where we watched some creative little performances. There was something for everyone.

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26.08.10 – One of the hippest little cafes I’ve found is Cafe Regatta, Merikannontie 10, a little red cottage with a funky, cozy inside and an outside terrace by the sea. It’s the perfect place to relax and stare out on the water while you enjoy one of their freshly baked pulla (sweet buns). The coffee is excellent and they pay you 5 cents for refills. Yeah, they pay you! One other thing, they don’t have internet, which can be good for someone like me ;) If you’re finding it difficult to sit after the caffeine fix and/or the water looks to inviting, fear not, you can rent a canoe from the cafe too.

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