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The New Tram for Helsinki

Tuesday December 17th, 2013. 02:42 PM.[Uncategorized, helsinki].

By 2018, there will be 40 of these new trams in Helsinki.


During 2013 and 2014 they are just testing two of them. I already saw it in the city with the sentence “Tässä menee uusi spora” (Here it comes the new tram) in the side of the tram. But the delivery of the rest 40 trams will happen during 2015-2018.

More info in http://www.uusiraitiovaunu.fi Cool website!

In the meanwhile, the older tram models are already an icon of the city:

Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/uusiraitiovaunu

1941 Photo source

Photo: David Corbacho

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Scam! Rhofox Abogados Lawyers

Tuesday December 17th, 2013. 02:18 PM.[Uncategorized].


This type of scam is typical to receive by email. But I was surprised to receive this by traditional post (to my Finnish address). The letter is from Rhofox Abogados (Toby Fellman) and he tries to convince me that I was the only beneficiary of a Spanish inheritance from some distant (and unknown) relative in Spain that has passed away.

More information here

I’m posting this online, just in case people is searching about these scammers.



Olive Oil in Finland

Wednesday July 31st, 2013. 01:15 PM.[Spain].

If you are in Finland and you want olive oil, in almost every supermarket you will find a wide range of products. Normally from Italy and Greece. But I recommend you this one: ArteOliva, from Córdoba Spain. You can find it in S-Market and (I think?) K-Market. It’s a medium-soft-taste olive oil, very good for salads. I didn’t notice much difference between these 2 variants:


The (really) ugly cardboard package maintains the properties of the oil better, because it doesn’t let in the light.


Helsinki - Horizon 2030

Thursday July 18th, 2013. 09:17 AM.[History, helsinki].

This is a video from the City Planning Department of the City of Helsinki, where you can see the really ambitious projects that are planned to expand the city. Some of these projects already started.

A screenshot from the video:

To understand these projects in an historic context check out the next map. It’s fascinating to see how the west side of the capital (Ruoholahti -Jätkäsaari ) has grown, and by 2030 will almost double its size again.

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Ruisleipä - Rye bread

Thursday June 27th, 2013. 01:18 AM.[Finland culture, helsinki].

There are some regional variations of traditional dark Finnish bread across the country, but the concept is the same - fibre-rich, nutritious, low-fat baking, with a sour dough base. This is why the overtly non-sweet taste of Finnish ruisleipä distinguishes it from similar rye breads of other countries, and often doesn’t always suit the taste buds of all foreigners. However, it is one of the Finnish best-selling breads.
– by Evgenie Bogdanov. (for SixDegrees magazine.)

Now my opinion:
I like a lot Finnish bread that has a mix of rye (15%) and wheat. But pure rye bread is not my thing at all. Maybe healthier than white bread, but it wasn’t invented to enjoy.

This is an TV advert of Jälkiuunipala, a rye bread made with low temperature (according to the Wikipedia), to get it dense and hard as a rock. And the Finns like it !

As Hard as Life.
The father says “Are you hungry or not?”

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Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

Wednesday June 5th, 2013. 11:57 AM.[Finland culture].


Interesting article in BBC Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

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Giant map of Spain shown at Kamppi, Helsinki

Saturday June 1st, 2013. 12:16 AM.[Spain, helsinki].

Last weekend I found this in Kamppi Square: a 250 square meter giant interactive map of Spain.

I had the chance to talk with some Spanish people from the Spanish Tourist office in Helsinki, (but not Pedro), and also I talked with a Finnish man, who joined us in the conversation after asking in Finnish: “What language are you talking? Spanish?”


More information here in Facebook.



Saturday May 25th, 2013. 11:21 AM.[Finland culture, Uncategorized].


I wrote an article on medium.com about Xylitol and Finland. Check it out.

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Do people eat reindeer meat in Finland?

Tuesday March 26th, 2013. 01:36 PM.[Finland culture, Spain].

Yes, but rarely. Finns don’t eat normally reindeer meat, although I see it constantly being promoted to tourists. The typical reindeer dish from Lapland is poronkäristys .
This capture is from Helsinki Times newspaper, where you can see that reindeer meat consumption by average is only 0.5 Kg per person. And I guess that it was served to tourists.

Should I make a joke about Horse consumption and Findus? Oh well.

And yes, in Spain we love meat.
World Meat consumption http://chartsbin.com/view/bhy
Source: http://lihatiedotus.fi/www/fi/tilastot/lihan_kulutus_euroopassa.php


Finland - Land of the Midnight Sun

Friday March 8th, 2013. 12:43 PM.[Finland culture, Music, Videos].

New video promoting Finland and its endless Summer nights under the Midnight Sun. More info in visitfinland.com or finland.fi.

Don’t think about the mosquitos, just enjoy the music and relax with the video:

Did you know this blog is part of finland.fi? (Spanish Blogs Section, olé)