Ice-hockey, Finnish style

Ice hockey is by far the most popular sport in Finland. Our players and teams can be practically national heroes and the love of the sport is learned at a very young age. On the eve of the Winter Olympic games it is great to see the sport thriving as usual and I hope that we may compete for a medal in the Games at Sotshi. It will be great and thrilling to watch the teams compete in this great sport. Of course the Olympics have other interesting sports to follow, but for me, this is the one that gets the most attention.

So of course there needs to be venues to play the sport, grand ice rinks, smaller ice rinks etc. Then there is of course the old school thing of doing a ice rink where ever its possible. That is, where there is players and a flat piece of ice.

Icehockey on the sea

This is on the Kruununhaka side of town, as you may see from the ships, it is on sea ice. And depending on the weather and the time of the day there can be a full blown game of ice hockey going on or as here a couple of kids just having fun.

Ice Hockey on the ice pt2

A different part of the city and a different time of the day. A father and son playing and skating together on the sea again. This taken in the southern tip of the city. Great fun don’t you think?

More tk.

Just walking

Sometimes its great to just take a camera with one lens and stroll at your own pace through the city. It can be liberating or frustrating depending on the viewpoint. I find that it is mostly liberating in that I can focus on just the one focal length and not bother with changing lenses or cameras. Also this forces the mind and the eye to see the details that the chosen lens can illustrate.


Flowers from Kallio, towards the center of the city.


A street in Kallio facing Merihaka


I loved the colors and the architecture in this view.


One of the buildings that exhibit a little daring architecture, the Ympyrätalo (Roundhouse :D) is located in Hakaniemi. I have also worked in that building for a couple of years so there is a certain sense of nostalgia when I look upon it.


Just nice colors in this tunnel to a inner yard.


The windows of houses are sometimes very interesting. Especially older architecture seems to have a lot of nice details


Some quite flamboyant buildings along the way as well.


Sushi seems to be all the rage in Helsinki at the moment. Smaller and bigger sushi places can be found all over the city.


Nice little boat, eh? Belongs to a certain fellow countryman who goes by the nickname Iceman.


A walking bridge between Katajanokka and the center of the city.

Lovebridge pt1

The bridge is full of locks proclaiming lasting love. In the background is a nice restaurant called Sipuli which has great food.

Missing someone you love?

I felt moved by this older gentleman. Somehow I think he was remembering someone very dear to him.


The view from Katajanokka towards the north. Merihaka has its own architecture, of which I am not exactly a fan of. But it has its own uniqueness of course and the people living there have a great view of the city center.



Church cross backlit as the sun is being blocked by storm clouds.


Finally even as the sun is setting, Rays of pure light break through the massing clouds.

Italialaista a la Kruununhaka

Pompeii on pieni Italialainen Kruununhaassa Snellmaninkadun varressa. Paikka on profiloitunut pizzeriaksi ja on etenkin valtsikkalaisten suosiossa sijaintinsa vuoksi. Pompeiissä saa kuitenkin myös anti pastoja, pastoja sekä liharuokia.

Sisälle ei mahdu kovin paljon ihmisiä, joten puhelinvaraukset pöytiin ovat suositeltavia, etenkin jos on liikkeellä isommalla porukalla. Tunnelma on tiivis ja palvelu leppoisan mukavaa.

Pizzalistalla on useita vaihtoehtoja hintahaitarin ollessa hiemn korkea pizzaksi (11-14,50€). Pizzat ovat kuitenkin kohtuullisen isoja, ei mitään mammutteja tokikaan. Listalta valikoitui itselle Capriciosa perinteisine täytteineen (herkkusieniä, kinkkua, artisokkaa oliiveja).

Pohja oli hieman tuhdimpaa ja pehmeämpää kuin esimerkiksi perus pizza-kebab paikoissa tarjolla oleva ja ainakin omaan makuun tämä toimii paljon paremmin. Maku oli hyvä ja annoskoko vei nälän. Käymisen arvoinen paikka, mikäli seikkailee Kruununhaan tuntumassa ja iskee nälkä!

Herkullinen Capriciosa -pizza

Pompeii is a nice and intimately small Italian restaurant which is specialized in pizzas. The restaurant is located in Kruununhaka, Helsinki. Naturally the menu also has other options such as anti pasto, pasta and meat foods. The Capricciosa (mushrooms, artichokes, ham and olives) was very good and the pizza was large enough to satisfy yet not too huge.
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