You are going to read the following statement a lot (here and in the next posts), so get used to it: Scandinavia is amazing!
I am completely in love with Nordic countries.
Let’s start with Helsinki.
I took off the 31th of July from Rome and after 3 hours of a very pleasant flight I reached Helsinki.
Things I have noticed:
1) The green: yes, a bit mainstream as first point to notice but that’s true. There are parks and gardens and flowers and NATURE at every possible corner. Most of the streets end in a park or are built across / among / within and without parks.
And this is tremendously relaxing. This actually made me think about how bounded are the Finnish with Nature.
2) The silence. Yes, I am Italian so maybe I am used to chaos and very noisy streets but, trust me, Helsinki is unnaturally (and beautifully) silent. Walking down the streets you can hear people talking and the wind. And your steps. If you just stop at the harbor you can also hear the waves on the rocks.
3) The light. Finland has a very strange light. It’s pale and very homogeneous. Not strong, of course, but very gentle and very well diffused. It makes everything more pure.
4) The finnish language! Oh what an astonishing language! A non-indoeuropean language that soon I will master (yes, it’s a promise). All those vowels and all that rhythm is a glorious hymn to all linguists! Try to hear it somewhere and you will catch its Beauty.
5) What did I do? I just walked all around the city, visited museums and spots. I did not take any single bus or metro (ops, lie: I took the metro once. And in the wrong direction!). Most of the time I got lost, but that was the fun.
And the music?
Of course, the finnish “Lordi” that won the Eurovision Song Contest!