04.12.10 – I had coffee with a friend in the Hakaniemen Kauppahalli, a popular indoor market place which is jam-packed on the weekend. Rather then head home afterwards, I decided to go the opposite direction on the 6 Tram, riding it to where it ends in Arabia, for some “decompression”.
Arabia is a peaceful area located in the northeastern section of Helsinki, named after the popular Arabia ceramics and glassware factory which has been in operation since 1873. Although the area has an industrial history, it’s also situated next to the Vanhankaupunginlahti, a mouthful of Finnish which means “Old Town Bay”, a bay area which together with parts of adjoining Viiki district constitute a conservation zone and popular bird sanctuary.
The recent freezing temperatures and light snowfall turned the area into a blanket of white, a blank canvas. It was just before 5PM but the sun had already set and I could just make out the warm glow of the city center off to one side. There was a light snowfall and very few people out so it was calm and quiet. The only sound was my boots crunching in the snow. Such a beautiful place :)