Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Espoo Rapakivi Stones

I needed some exercise, the weather was great, and there's a directory of Espoo's natural wonders in the Internet. So I went a biking tour to look at some of the Rapakivi boulders.

Rapakivi granite is a special stone, a common Finnish stone. The literal translation of the name is "crumbly rock", for its ability to deteriorate easily.

I went to see a large boulder near the Tillinmäki radio tower (first one below), one on Malminmäentie in the Espoo central park (above), and one at the end of Malminmäentie (last one below). The two first ones were most interesting, with the Tillinmäki one being most obviously crumbly :-)

In Tillinmäki the radio tower area is fenced off, and inside the fence there would be more interesting rocks that I could only photograph from behind the fence. The second photo below is one such rock, split in half.

Text and photos (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Friday, June 14, 2019

The new A220

I had a chance to fly the new Airbus A220 plane the other day. Wonderful, efficient, hi-tech plane! And new airplane smell!

However, there's one bug in this airplane from a passenger perspective. Given that the aircraft is smaller than the typical 737s and A320s, it seats five across, divided of course as 2 seats on the left and 3 on the right side of the aisle. But given today's size of large-ish overhead luggage compartments, left side compartment door is so close to the people walking on the aisle that it is very easy to hit your head. Ouch!

The other interesting bit is that the entertainment system on each seat looks like a phone glued sideways to the back of the previous seat. Which it probably is...

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. Read all my flying stories from or all my stories on any topic (skiing, caving, etc) from Blogspot or TGR!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Welcome to KAINUU

Quiet place, green grass, views, a rocking chair... at an airport. Hard to believe, but there is this lounge at HEL called KAINUU.

I've seen the room many times, walking by behind the glass, but never figured out where it actually is, or how to get there :-) but now I know :-)

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Hot as HEL

Well, it isn't really a sauna, except that it is hot, it is packed with people. And it is a decorated bus at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, affectionately known as HEL.

Photos and text (c) 2019 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Lummelunda, here I come!

Lummelunda week is coming up AND I'M GOING AGAIN! WOOHOOO!

The above picture is from the very end of the cave that I reached last year, on a gruelling 7 hour cave crawl. What a view to see :-) Actually, it is pretty remarkable place. More on that later.

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Corporate sauna in a Russian harbour

I attended a workshop at a private corporate facility in Kirkkonummi, and it turns out that there was both a very nice sauna, swimming place, as well as ruins from the Russian occupation times: a railroad leading to a rock, almost disappeared harbour pier. Nice surprise!

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Lähteen sauna

My colleagues had organised an event at the Lähteen Sauna, in the area of the Lapinlahti mental institute. Ex. institute... and Lähteen sauna is as far as I know, the oldest still operating sauna in Helsinki that is still open to public.

Very good heat in the sauna! Apparently the easy access to water is kind of far away, however, even if the sea is right next to the sauna. Still, much recommended. 7€ for entrance fee, to be paid at the cafeteria inside the main building.

Photos and text (c) 2019. All sauna photos have been taken with permission, when the facility is closed, and/or when there are no other guests present.