Summer in full effect

July 26, 2015

Weirdest thing this week? I went up on a roof top and the first thing I saw as I stepped out of the elevator was a Soviet made MiG-21. That’s not something that happens every day. The worst part of this otherwise fun experience was that I had left my camera at home, so I only had my iphone.

MiG-21
MiG-21 on a roof, only in Helsinki.

Apparently the plane was part of the Finnish Air Force, and when it got decommissioned it was moved to this roof top. It was quite a random thing, I was visiting verkkokauppa, and when I got out of the shop Paulina told me that we had to go up to the roof, she didn’t tell me what was waiting up there, but only that we should take the elevator up.

When I was leaving our apartment I had actually thought about bringing some camera gear, but decided that since I was only going to a shop, I wouldn’t find anything interesting to shoot, so I didn’t bring any, which was a shame. Not that the iphone camera is bad, but it is a bit too wide for interesting shots on the plane. I’ll have to go back there some day to take a couple of new photos from different perspectives.

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Paulina and I decided to go to Sveaborg on Saturday, it’s a bunch of fortified islands just a short boat trip from Helsinki. I geared up, since I missed the MiG opportunity, and didn’t want to end up in the same situation twice in a week.

The sun was shining brightly, and Helsinki felt the full force of summer. As we got in to town we noticed that there were a lot of tourists around. It took quite a while to get to the harbor where the Sveaborg boat departs.

When we got there, we were met by a huge crowd, all waiting to board the ferry. I would’ve guessed that it would probably take an hour or longer until we’d actually be able to get on the boat, so we decided that we didn’t want to spend that kind of time on our combined free Saturday (Paulina works in shifts, which means she doesn’t get all that many weekends off).

alexanterinkatu
I have a habit of photgraphing street signs if there some how related to my life. Alexanterinkatu translates to Alexander’s Street, and my older brother’s name is Alexander.

Instead of enjoying a boat trip we went for a walk around Kaisaniemi, our goal was to find a park that wasn’t filled with people, and that proved to not be difficult at all. One really good thing with Helsinki is how many parks there are, the city is really green in that sense, so we only walked like a block before we found a secluded park where we could sit and take in the summer.

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Camera inception.

After spending half an hour in the park, we continued our walk. To my delight we got to see a couple of icebreakers in the harbor, I really wanted to get more up close to it, but Paulina didn’t want to walk that far from the city just for a couple of boats. Instead we started walking back towards the inner-city. All in all I think we clocked in about 4 km, it’s not a long distance per se, but me having to carry around all of the camera gear really made my back hurt.

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A pair of icebreakers.

And that’s pretty much it, I don’t have much else to talk about. I bought a networked attached storage device this week, and I actually wrote a rather long essay about it (I’m currently at over 1100 words), but I don’t feel like finishing it right now, so maybe later, no promises though.

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