Hyvää juhannusta

Today is midsummer’s eve in Finland, and so many Finns are away for the weekend at their country homes. My host showed me around this morning, and we stopped at the beach and Seurasaari, a countryside-like town. Helsinki is a pretty small town, but the architecture is beautiful. There are lots of old building exteriors that have been renovated inside to house things like restaurants and shops (similar to DC, actually!). In the afternoon I visited a couple of old churches and had some tea (many shops and museums are closed for the holiday), and tomorrow I might head to Suomenlinna, an island with a fortress that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s supposed to be beautiful! This evening I am headed to a midsummer bonfire in a nearby park, an old Finnish tradition to welcome summer. Some also have maypoles, and many choose to enjoy saunas during this holiday. Though many shops will open again tomorrow and Sunday,  there are a few that have signs saying that they will be closed throughout the summer because the owners are away at their country homes.


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