Two weeks since my last post! I kind of can't believe it. Time is flying here. Helsinki is like 3/4 the size of Indianapolis but it is approximately a billion times cooler. Just walking down the street you can find super cool little cafes, restaurants, shops, and all kinds of surprises. The other day we were just out wandering around and we came across a little shop selling wallets and belts and stuff made out of fish leather. We also stumbled across a super cool knife shop called Marttiini right across from the infamous Big White Church (otherwise known as the Helsinki Cathedral, or Helsingin tuomiokirkko). Walking down the street in Indianapolis is pretty much a waste of your time.
Today we had lunch at Bank Restaurant with our good friend Lindsy Serrano who is in town visiting. Dining out can be confusing in Finland, even if everybody speaks English. Lindsy found this out the hard way when she took a big scoop of what she thought was yogurt and jam into a bowl and got back to our table to discover that she had in fact served herself a huge bowl of butter. The Finnish people at the table next to us were laughing at us a bit, because it is apparently obvious that this was meant as a topping for a flan-like substance that was in a dish on the next table. But hey, live and learn. I'd like to see those Finnish people try to navigate a White Castle. ("It's a ring made out of chicken?")
Tomorrow we're heading outside the city to take in some Finnish reggae music. I anticipate many white people with dreads, which is always a sign of people who are ready to have a good time. Right now, I am off to meet my Fulbright "buddy," which I think is a really silly word to give use in reference to a grown person. Me and my "buddy" (I refuse to dignify this word by taking the quotation marks away) are going to go get a beer at an Irish bar in Helsinki. I have really high hopes for the beer there, as I have to confess that so far I find Finnish beer underwhelming. I will be sure to let the Internet know when I figure that one out.