Today, my foot was messed up so I didn’t get to walk around as much as I normally would. Should be fixed tomorrow hopefully or I’ll be taking the tram a lot more often.
My day started with revisiting the Helsinki Cathedral in an attempt to go inside. Unfortunately, they posted a sign outside today saying that they were fixing the organ meaning the cathedral was closed on weekdays, but would be open on the weekend. Guess I’m going back a third time tomorrow. My trip to the Helsinki Cathedral area (and Senate Square area) was not for naught though. Nearby was the Bank of Finland Museum which had a great exhibit up about how earning money in Finland would look like in 2067. It reminded me a bit about the think 2040 initiative that Roosevelt had when I first joined.
The whole exhibit was created with help from a local arts high school. There were traditional media pieces as well as video pieces with some music compositions thrown in. The museum itself also had a fairly comprehensive exhibit about the history of money in Finland and the world which was pretty interesting. All of it culminated in what we know today as the floating exchange rate instead of fixed exchange rates.
After the museum, I walked to another cathedral nearby called Uspenski Cathedral. This cathedral, while still a cathedral, is actually designed by a Russian architect. Unlike the Helsinki Cathedral which is a Lutheran church, the Uspenski Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral. From the outside, it’s very pretty and it definitely noticeable from a distance due to its darker color.
The inside was pretty as well. It was smaller inside than I thought it would be. I think the winter cold kept a lot of tourists at home, so there were very few people inside. It was very much like other cathedrals I have seen before, but I liked how detailed the front part of the cathedral was.
I passed the Market Square on my way back from the cathedral, but there were very few tents. I’m not sure if it was the time of day (lunch time) or the cold, but normally the Market Square would be a must visit. I ended up walking past the market after nothing really caught my eye and headed to lunch at a place called Cafe No 9.
Cafe No 9 is a nice place to eat if you’re looking for something fairly cheap. Anything around 10 euros or less is pretty good as far as price goes in Helsinki. I had the pomodoro which is just a tomato and herb sauce with mozerella. Sometimes I feel bad eating food that’s not “traditional” to the place that I am at, but sometimes it’s nice to have comfort foods. I also had tea because it’s been very very cold in Helsinki. It was a good rest before I began my trek home.
On the way home I stopped by two shops. The first was one I saw in an article about food tours in Helsinki, Kaartin Kotikauppa. It was a small store that sold food items and some small souvenirs. There was nothing of interest for me, but next door was a small stationary shop which had some really great postcards. I was able to add a few to my collection from around the world.
I haven’t planned everything I want to do tomorrow, but I’ll be able to at least go back to the cathedral for a third time to try and go inside. Other than that, I might be making a long trek to the northern part of town to see two other landmarks.