The giants of the Baltic Sea

It is like in a James Bond film. Only the wind instruments in the background are missing. Actually, this last rainy day is quite appropriate to visit a Finnish icebreaker and to imagine being in an action movie.

In France, all activities stop as soon as five centimetres of snow fall on the ground. We do not have appropriate infrastructure to face cold weather. Sometimes people have no other choice ...  (continue reading)

Smile like a Hanko biscuit

“When you are really happy, in Finland we say smile like a Hanko biscuit.”

This was what Leena, our tour guide in Hanko said before she got off the bus. On the way to our accommodation I kept thinking about the ‘Hanko biscuit smile’. Actually that was the exact expression we all had on our faces all day long today.

On our fourth day we had a bus tour to Hanko and during the trip Professor ...  (continue reading)