Tomorrow it's Helsinki Day.

If I had a day off with the whole family, my day would definitely include these:

Sharp at 10 o'clock we'd be the first ones to enter the Erottaja Fire Station, since all the city's rescue stations have open doors until 18.00. After that we'd get our hands dirty at Herttoniemi Manor's Maalla kaupungissa (Countryside in the city) happening. We'd have to hurry though, cause the Helsinki quiz for kids is held at 13.30 in Taivallahti playground. Bread & circuses is offered at Torikorttelit from 14-18 and during the exact same hours there is a Gulf of Finland and sea themed event on Harakka Island. And on the way to or from these happenings, we'd make sure not to miss the giant soap bubble show by Ruffle Army.

If I had a day off with me, myself and I, I'd follow this route:

I'd start my morning at Restaurant Savoy, not having a breakfast, which they don't even serve, but taking part on the guided tour through the historical Helsinki restaurant. After that I'd pop by at Ateneum to see the Tove Jansson exhibition, free entry yay! Another guided tour of the day would be at Marimekko HQ, at noon.
I would then take a two stop metro ride to Kalasatama and walk the few minutes to Teurastamo (Abattoir) and see how the food trucks arrive to the first ever Street Food Thursday and after they open up at 15, I would definitely be one of the first customers. After eating well, I'd just walk around the city and my Helsinki Day I'd end up with a Dalindèo concert on Espa Stage at 21.

Since I'm not having a day off, neither with my family nor by myself, it'll be something like this:

After work I rush through the Street Food Thursday to make it to the Taste of Helsinki premiere. Spend a while there, then meet up with the rest of the family, who hopefully made it to one of the rescue stations before they closed. Then we'll find the eight seats I've got booked for the Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky and set a pique nique with our friends on the looong 1000 person table at Espa.

And all this can only happen if my flu is finally completely beaten by tomorrow morning. Can't wait.

Photo: Lauri Rotko

For the guided tours etc. there might not be tickets left at this point. But most of the events/happenings are unlimited. See the Helsinki Day website for more info of the hundreds of other happening as well.

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