Posts Tagged ‘Helsinki

09
May
11

129/2011 happy europe day!

129/2011 happy europe day!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

On May 9, 1950 Robert Schuman made a historic declaration, which can be seen as the beginning of the European Union. Today, all over Europe this date is celebrated as a day of peace and unity.

I happen to be in Helsinki again, for yet another training course. Passing our Parliament House in the afternoon, the construction crane next to it reminded me of the hectic negotiations going on inside, to try and get together our new government. Ironically, for the European ideals, the main dividing issue between the political parties is how to deal with supporting struggling European neighbours with their financial crises.

The grand slogan “Europe, United in Diversity” seems to be rather elusive these days, with more and more discord being heard in the supposedly common chorus.

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02
Dec
10

#336 helsinki harbour

336/365 helsinki harbour, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Took our Singaporean guests on a short excursion to our capital. The big passenger ferries in the harbour caught their eye. The white and blue Silja Line, and red and white Viking Line ferries take passenger to Stockholm twice a day, and also sail to Tallinn in Estonia.

We also noticed the thin ice floats already forming in the middle of the water, and seagulls taking free rides on them. Cold, blue day!

23
May
10

#143 it wasn’t us!

143/365 it wasn’t us!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

“If we stay cool and look the other way, nobody will suspect us!”

Took our Indian guests to Helsinki for the day. There is this one statue in a park right in the centre of town that seems to be the favourite spot of seagulls. It’s actually quite hilarious how they stay there, almost like a permanent hat on the guy’s head – with the inevitable consequences… There is humour around us in unexpected places!




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