And away we go!

London Travel Blog

 › entry 1 of 14 › view all entries

I normally write a "in retrospect" entry as my first but this is the first time I'll be writing a blog as it happens. Hence, this page will be updated when the trip's over next week!

Edited 5th September 2017

So, as I mentioned above, this was the first time (at least in a long, long time) that I was blogging live. Normally I wait till the trip's done and sunk in and so I start with a retro blog post. So, with that said, here's my retro post nearly 2 weeks after my return!

This trip splits itself nicely between London and Helsinki. To sum up my London experience, I'll quote a gentleman I met on a bus at Peckham - "it's very hard to get bored in London".

Senate Square, Helsinki
I've often found myself wondering if I  ever will. I'll also admit there are days I've landed in London, looked around briefly on what to do and thought "huh, done that, done that.... tick tick tick.... nothing left". And then, scrape a second layer off and I find myself back to square one - so much exploring to do. That's how I felt this time as well. I made my maiden visit to the heart of Africa with its own set of galleries, eating out and culture. I also continued knocking down visits to more manors near London. 

The 2nd part of my trip contrasted very well with London. Helsinki, or Finland overall - I had no idea about. It was not only my first trip there but it was probably the worst I've done in terms of pre-planning. In that, well, I did nothing. I had heard of a "Helsinki Sightseeing card" but that's it, I was unable to even look into details.

Called the most beautiful street in Helsinki
In retrospect, I believe the best part of this trip was the fact that I didn't pre-plan anything. It gave me time to take in Helsinki - the adage "the sum being greater than the parts" rings true here. It's probably one  of the better planned cities I've seen. But the biggest highlight for me was the Fins: their sense of calm, discipline and quiet. I  live in a suburb in Seattle that's probably 10% the size of Helsinki, but the Sunday goings-on in Redmond are a lot noisier than a Monday morning "rush hour" in Helsinki. I not only gained a lot of admiration for them, but enjoyed their indulgences, particularly the sauna.

As I do with every blog, here are a handful of photos captured through the trip for those that may not have time to read the entire blog.

missandrea81 says:
Congrats on today's feature!
Posted on: Sep 07, 2017
Ils1976 says:
sounds pretty cool, I am sure going to read it soon! :)
Posted on: Aug 29, 2017
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Senate Square, Helsinki
Senate Square, Helsinki
Called the most beautiful street i…
Called the most beautiful street …
The main cathedral , Helsinki
The main cathedral , Helsinki
Helsinki harbour
Helsinki harbour
Church of rocks (church built dire…
Church of rocks (church built dir…
Frieze Exhibition at Regents Park…
Frieze Exhibition at Regent's Par…
Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe
Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe
High Wycombe railway station
High Wycombe railway station
London
photo by: ulysses