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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
Video [in Spanish] about Spaniards living in Finland. It was recorded this spring-summer 2012.
Tampere, Helsinki, Turku
If you are thinking about going to Costa Del Sol (Spain) to play golf, I recommend you Doña Julia Golf (Pronounced Donya Hulia). My father is part of the team that is taking care of it and he’s really proud of the state of course. They are nice people and professional.
These pictures of Doña Julia Golf are actually in the winter. It’s sunny all around the year, yay!. That’s why it’s called Coast of the Sun.
Having a walk today on Sunday in Helsinki we found a small celebration: Helsinki’s centre was lit up with the annual Christmas Street opening. In this article of YLE says that this year Helsinki’s Christmas Street Aleksanterinkatu is illuminated with LED lights for the first time.
Can you see the red-dressed chorus?
It was quite original that one of the songs was a rap with beat-boxing. Poor guys were freezing and my hands too, sorry for the shaky image.
Finnish people are used to this, but foreigners could not know that in winter, when temperature starts to go below 0, means that it’s time of long underwear (kerrasto).
Coming back to home, sunset already at 5 PM.
I will spend this Xmas in Finland, so probably I will post more pictures, hopefully white Christmas again like last year.
Os invito a sumergiros en Helsinki, en la vida del día a día en la capital de Finlandia de mano de 4 andaluces muy apañaos.
Es con diferencia uno de los mejores reportajes de Finlandia en español que he visto. Enseña todas esas cosas que los expatriados que vivimos aquí siempre contamos a nuestros amigos y familia. Y sin caer en los tópicos finlandeses: Santa Claus, la nieve, el frío, renos, etc
Beautiful southern Polar light (or Aurora Australis). Here in Helsinki is ¿impossible? to see Norther Lights, you will have more chances to see them the norther you go and better in February/March.
In winter of 2007 I was in a trip to Lapland… close to Rovaniemi and we were lucky to see in action these magic lights. They move more slowly that I thought, and also if you want to take a picture of them you will need a camera where you can set a long exposure time (or some cameras with fireworks-mode can do the trick).
Related: Northern lights time-lapse videos.
A couple of pics from Estepona, my hometown. It was great to go see family and friends. It’s definitely the hardest part of being away.
Last Sunday Spanish Fernando Alonso won the Bahrain Grand Prix F1 2010. It was his debut in Ferrari and I didn’t miss it. It was his dream during many years to become Ferrari´s driver. I watched in laSexta (Spanish Channel) who is broadcasting whole Formula 1 season live .
I enjoyed watching it, but I understand also the Finnish point of view. Alonso was signed in the offseason to replace Finnish Kimi Raikkonen.
In the inside article they give a “dry” description of the race and says that Alonso did what Raikkonen did 3 years ago, who also won on his Ferrari debut.
Let’s see what happens next race (28th of March, Australia)
… in Europe. That’s what everybody says. Even in Spain is snowing and raining more than normally. A Spanish TV Program “Comando Actualidad” made a program about how is the winter in rest of Europe compared to Spain and they came to Helsinki too.
Here you can see the video. (1 hour)
Spain is a popular destination for holidays among Finnish people. This is the picture of the home page of Air Finland and shows All Europe flights that they offer. Not France, Greece…etc. Only Spain.
I’m from Málaga and it’s good to have direct Air Finland flights (5 hours) for 130-200€ one way.
Not bad price, but you can find cheaper ways if you don’t fly directly. For example Helsinki - London, and then London-Málaga. Bad thing is that you will spend all day long in airports and you have the risk of losing your suitcases in the first flight (still didn’t happen to me) or a delayed first flight that will make that you can’t take the second flight. No refunds, because they are 2 independent flight tickets.
But if you want so save some money, you will have to take these risks.
The best tool I have found to search combination of flights is skyscanner. Also I like that you can make generic searches. From Finland (without city) to Spain, and it will show you all airports, the whole month, etc and indirect flights are automatically calculated .
After finding the right flight, jump to the airline company website to book the flight.
Ryanair (from Tampere) and Easyjet (from Helsinki) are normally the cheapest ones, both flying to London. And then London-Malaga.
Remember that flight prices only includes 1 handbag of max-weight 10 kg. Any extra suitcase you will have to pay for it. If you have an extra suitcase, Ryanair adds 15€ and limits max-weight is 15 Kg. Easyjet adds 9 pounds and max-weight is 20 Kg.
Also, they will add other extra in the last step of the payment. Because of paying with credit card you will have to pay some extra euros. (Except Easyjet it will be free if you pay with Visa Electron).
So if you take 2 flights, multiply by 2 these “extras”.. and think if still worth it. Also add the price of a meal in London airport because you’ll be hungry after the first flight. (And you will have to change cash to pounds to pay!)
- GOOD news. Ryanair will open a base in Málaga, opening a direct route Málaga - Tampere since June 2010. Also from Málaga to Aarhus, Berlin (Schonefeld), Bratislava, Eindhoven, Gothenburg, Krakow, Maastricht, Memmingen (Munich West), Oslo (Torp), Paris (Beauvais), Pisa, Santander, Santiago, Stockholm (Skavsta), Valladolid, Venice (Treviso), Wroclaw and Zaragoza.
- Cheap flights airlines are VERY strict with sizes and weights… some times being ridiculous about it. Don’t risk, make sure you are not overweight. And your handbag is correct size.
- If you are planing to go to Helsinki, a Tampere->Helsinki Train costs (now)
36 €28 €
- If you fly to Helsinki, the airport is located in Vantaa, you can take a cheap bus 615 that goes to Helsinki or Airport taxi for 25€ for 2 people.
I will add here more tips in the future. I hope it’s helpful. Please ! add some tips in the comments, or experiences. I will like to know your experience too.
Update 9th of June. These holidays I took 2 flights with Easyjet from Málaga -> Manchester -> Helsinki, about 100 € all together. I was lucky that the vulcano wasn’t active during that time and I didn’t have problems except that my suitcase was lost in Manchester (it didn’t arrive from Málaga). I had to fill a form and happy end: They ship the suitcase to my address in Helsinki and it arrived 1 week later. No extra cost. I had to call them all the time to know about the status of the process, at the beginning they give you a reference and you can track it online in mylostbag.com. If it happens to you, don’t worry, 95% of suitcases are found