As the ship approached Helsinki through the islands, we watched magnificent views from the deck. At the passport control, I looked at the paper written by Finnish friends on board the ship yesterday and said to a middle-aged policeman:” Hello-Voiettä!”. 

The police looked at me and said: “What, what did you say”? I show the paper in my hand and said: “Hello means “Voiettä” in Finnish, right”?  Look, young man: “Someone made you a prank. What you said means “Oh boy!” he said: I felt so shy and said: Excuse me, sir”

We walked from Eteläsatama harbor to Nuorisomaja-Youth Hostel next to the Olympiastadion tower, where the 1952 Helsinki Olympics were held. We signed up for the most affordable 6-person bunk room, left the suitcases, and went out.


My first impression of Helsinki was: green parks sprinkled here and there and lined around wide avenues were the state buildings and some modern buildings, reminiscent of the neoclassical architecture of about 100-200 years old.

Now I understand why the Europeans name Helsinki “the beautiful daughter of the Baltic Sea!” The city reminded me of typical German cities, but the shores and islands around added a unique natural beauty to the capital of Finland!

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