one of the benefits of visiting a place for the second time is that there’s no pressure to DO DO DO and SEE SEE SEE — leaving time for well, for lack of a better term, second-tier places and things to do. this morning, after sleeping in since i was up until 3:30 working, i decided to walk north out of the city center to the Sibelius Monument and continue from there following the “A Seaside Stroll in Helsinki” itinerary on Wikivoyage. not gonna lie, it’s a trek, but a ridiculously scenic one — especially when compared to the last time i was here in the dead of winter.
though at that time, there was no one around the Sibelius Monument (busloads now)…
fast forward 8 years and several months from winter to spring, and it’s just lovely. on the bayside path up to Seurasaari there were only a few people out for a stroll, a couple joggers, and parents pushing strollers. on the island itself, i think i managed to go early enough to avoid the crowds (plus it’s a weekday), although there were a bunch of kids on a field trip.
but anyways, the pictures. once you get to the Seurasaari Island open-air museum (free admission to walk around the grounds, ticket required to enter the historic buildings) and are done there, bus 24, which runs at half-hour intervals, will take you back to downtown from a stop just to the right of the bridge as you’re walking off the island.
aaahhh, Nordic beauty! i couldn’t have asked for a better day.