Oops! this is not Helsinki in winter. It's Tenerife in winter. A big difference.
Talk about a contrast! This is the tram that goes from Santa Cruz(capital of the Canary Islands) in the norh to the old capital city of La Laguna. La Laguna is six kilometers to the west, and is 1,800ft higher than Santa Cruz. Great for tourists, and absolutely jam-packed for locals going to work.
In La Laguna, we got literature on the plans to build a high speed rail line that follows their one high speed highway from Los Cristianos(tourism on the beach) 75 kilometers in the south, up to the airport just north, and then on to Santa Cruz. From there, it will go west, to the other airport. All told it will be about 140 kilometers. And run every 15 minutes. It has already been approved. It starts construction in 2014. All this for an island of 800,000 people. Really makes Puget Sound area as lame as it really is.