Fun Day in Helsinki

On Monday I got a day off and of course, I used it to go to Helsinki. But this time, I finally had a chance to go with a friend (or an acquaintance at that time). The other day, I met with an au pair for another family on Facebook and we agreed to meet.

Her name is Araya, pretty strange for an Italian girl, as she says. She came to Finland a week before I and she is staying in Hyvinkää, a town 50 km (30 mi) north from Helsinki.Now, we were supposed to meet at 8:45, but I came at 9:40 thanks to being at the wrong bus stop in Espoo… Anyway, it was all good.

When we finally met, we used Google maps to search for a coffee shop as usual. We found one in the center and had breakfast there. It was really great to finally meet and talk to someone my age after two weeks of living here, haha.

After the coffee shop, we just walked around the Forum shopping mall and commented on the good, the bad and the ugly clothing of the season. It was so much fun.

We didn’t go so fancy and decided that our choice of restaurant in Forum would be served at the McDonald’s because, well, why not.

Next up, we went to the Senate square and I’ve finally seen Helsinki cathedral. It’s a huge and beautifully designed building. Just like other people next to us, we participated in a photo shoot in front of the cathedral.

The opening hours for Helsinki cathedral are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m (9-18). We went there at around 1:30 p.m. so we decided to enter. I’ve never been to an Evangelistic church before, so it was definitely a new experience. The thing we have noticed is that it is much less decorated and much more minimalistic than Catholic churches.

The square was pretty empty which I didn’t expect for a city. For example, in Venice, you can barely move because of the people, but yes, to compare those two is unnecessary. Venice is a tourism destination while Helsinki is more of a working town.

But the real fun began later when we went to the Skywheel. I’ve never been to a one before and honestly, I was scared af at the beginning. But once I got into it, I’ve realized that I’ve nothing to fear.

The ticket price for the Skywheel was €12 which I think it’s okay since it is an interesting attraction to try. There is also a sauna next to it, but as we both have it in the houses we are staying at, we didn’t go there.

And that is how our day trip ended. We went home at around 3-4 in the afternoon. Overall, it was a really fun day with Araya and I enjoyed it!

Have you ever been to Helsinki? Or are you planning to? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!

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