Finland is Our Next Destination

The harbor in Hanko, Finland.
The harbor in Hanko, Finland.

I told a  friend who I play music with that I was going to Helsinki over the weekend. “Oh the music club in Hudson, NY?” he asked. “No, actually, Helsinki, Finland,” I replied.  It’s a new city and a new country for me, and Paul Shoul and I can’t wait to get to Turku, our first stop next week on a tour of the country.  We will be tweeting in this very-internet-connected country @gonomad and on Instagram.

We will be meeting some chefs and touring around the southern coast of the country, heading down a peninsula to the town of Hanko. One of the scenes we will check out is a gathering of Vespa Scooter owners who meet regularly in the town, and of course, a very hot sauna. I think we will be experiencing many very hot saunas on our journey.

Later in the week we will drive back up to Helsinki and we will enjoy Restaurant Day, when up to 3000 Finns will get the once-in-a-year chance to open their own pop-up restaurant on the street in front of their homes.  It will be fun to see what people are serving and what a tent city made up of impromptu restaurants looks like.

I hope you’ll follow my blogs and posts as we tour Finland, starting on Monday May 11.