Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Summer in Finland

I had alluded to in a previous post, summer in Finland means a lot of changes. Trains, busses, and trams go onto a different schedule meaning you generally have to wait for a little bit longer time. You see fewer people around in the city. Stores downtown are open on Sundays for shopping tourists.

Since FMI and the university is nearly empty, trying to get anything done, especially if it involves administrative staff, is fruitless. The cafeteria is still up and running, although they only give you two options now instead of three to choose from. The cafeteria seems to be staffed by temporary employees.

This summer has been slightly cooler and wetter than past summers, I think. Normal high temperatures in July are abour 20 deg C, but most days don't seem to get that warm.

Wildflowers are abundant in the wooded areas around Helsinki.

Days are getting shorter. Although it still remains light until about 10:30 at night, the sun doesn't rise until nearly 5 a.m., so it starts getting light about 4:15 or so.


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