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Friday, September 19, 1997
Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki, Finland:
Latitude: 60° 10' 0" North
Longitude: 24° 58' 11" East
Altitude: 152 feet
From Seattle: 6027 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Eurohostel

Today's Travel:
Country: Finland
Region: Helsinki
Start: Helsinki, Finland
Stop 1. Russian Consulate, Helsinki
Stop 2. University Library, Helsinki
End:Helsinki, Finland
Linear:3 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

Available Photos:

Senate Square Cathedral University Library, Helsink, Finland

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 162
Linear Dist: 33308
Countries Visited: 6
Regions Visited: 42
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Hotels: 30
Friends / Family: 77
Camping: 35
Hostels: 14
Transit: 6
Beers: 560

Journal Entry:
Got up early and walked to the Russian consulate to try and get a visa. The consulate is only open two hours a day so I expected it to be crowded and painful. As it was, 10 minutes in line, told to come back in an hour, 10 more minutes in line, almost $100, and I have a visa! I had been planning on going to Estonia this afternoon, but I decided it wasn't worth three hours of travel to spend four hours there, so I changed my tickets (again) to next Monday, after I get back from St Petersburg. I also went to the train station and bought a round trip ticket to St Petersburg for tomorrow. I'm starting to regret not planning on a couple night there, but I through this all together so fast. I might be able to extend my visa (and stay) there if I want. This one night is St Petersburg has already cost about $250 and I haven't even left yet!

The afternoon was spent doing a couple of the suggested walking tours of Helsinki (booklet from the tourist office). For the most part I wasn't really impressed. Helsinki is a beautiful city, but I just don't care when each building was built and who used to live there. The one real jewel was the University Library. Impressive from the outside, but the interior is wonderful and somewhat maze like.

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