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Helsinki, Day Two
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Today, the tourist board set up a ticket for me on a bus sightseeing tour complete with audio information. Now, I know some people think sightseeing tours are cheesy and mainly for tour groups just passing through a city; I'm usually one of those people who thinks that. However, I really enjoyed the one I took today. If I hadn't taken it, I would have missed some sites and not known the historical significance of some others. The tour wasn't really that long (90 minutes), and it included two stops for pictures. Another great thing about the bus tour was that it helped me figure out the lay of the city. If I want to go back to a site that the bus drove by, I know exactly how to get there. Now, if only the bus tour showed me where all the cool bars are, I'd really be happy.

All this wining, dining and touring comes with a price: work. For the curious, here was my schedule for today after the bus tour.

12:35 p.m. Transfer to Marina Congress Center
12:45 p.m. Inspection of Marina Congress Center
1:05 p.m. Transfer to Finlandia Hall
1:15 p.m. Inspection of Finlandia Hall
1:45 p.m. Transfer to Paasitorni Historic Conference Center
2:00 p.m. Inspection of Paasitorni Historic Conference Center
2:35 p.m. Transfer to Hilton Helsinki Strand
2:40 p.m. Inspection of Hilton Helsinki Strand
3:15 p.m. Transfer to the Palace of Nobility
3:30 p.m. Inspection of the Palace of Nobility
4:00 p.m. Transfer to hotel
6:45 p.m. Dinner at the Kulosaari Casino

Tomorrow is pretty much the same, but with more hotels and less conference centers.

Observation number three: Everyone that wears eye glasses here has cool, stylish, artsy-fartsy ones. I feel like I'm at a never-ending art show opening.

Oh, and I finally found a convenience store. It was in a mall, underground and by the bus stops. It was closed at 10 p.m., FYI.
posted by pimplomat @ 2:35 PM  
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