Helsinki, what’s your secret?
To be honest, I always dreamt about travelling to Finland.
Last October I posted on Facebook something like “I’d like to go to Lapland and visit Santa Claus”. Georgette sent me this direct message “I thought you might like to apply for this… Helsinki Secret Residence“. I did – because she was totally right! – and few weeks later Elisabeth from Visit Helsinki wrote me back to give me the great news.
Last March, I spent 10 days in Helsinki to experience the city, the local lifestyle and to discover some of the best secrets in town together with my friend and colleague Lance.
The first secret is her, Elisabeth. She is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.
Well, all the Finnish people we met are really nice and friendly – as you probably would not expect from Nordic people, but they are great!
I was there the week of my birthday. Elisabeth hosted a private dinner with Chef Joona Lehto and Markus Veikkolainen from HelEats and I’m glad Jerry, Kea and Kathrin joined us!
The second secret is the residence itself, Aallonkoti. The apartment was cozy and with everything we need for living and enjoying the city like locals do, sauna included!
The third secret is the food scene, but I’m not sure I already want to share everything about that 🙂
The best way to discover the Finnish food culture is to grab a ticket to Helsinki and explore the city on your own. We had the pleasure to travel with Finnair – and drink coffee in my favorite Marimekko cups.
The last not-so-secret news is that they have €uro and also for this reason, compared to the other Scandinavian capitals, travelling to Finland is not so expensive.
Looking forward to come back soon, Finland. I still have a date with Santa!