Helsinki market. Rye bread is the default staff of life.
Do Finns eat rye bread? The real question is, do the Finns have more versions of rye bread than the French have cheese! The loaf on the lower left hand is the one that I learned to bake at a Helsinki bakery back in 2002.
OK, this is not a Charbucks. This is a real coffee house in Helsinki.
This is the back wall of a coffee shop in Helsinki. Two things really stood out on our trip to Helsinki and Tenerife. First, there was not one woman with a water bottle welded to her hand! Second, there was not a single to-go coffee cup seen anywhere. See, it can be done!
Seriously though. The coffee is very good in Helsinki; and their coffee shops are really works of art. Not a single Charbucks to blight the scenery.
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.