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The mystery of the orange tent in Helsinki

What is this?

Helsinki, January, tent. Does not compute.

I thought it was one of those tents the workers put over manholes in the winter or during rain so they can do their work without also having to fight the elements quite so much.

I would never have guessed what was inside this tent. The whole place was deserted and it was a windy, snowy day. / Jill Browne photo

I would never have guessed what was inside this tent. The whole place was deserted and it was a windy, snowy day. / Jill Browne

What was in the tent?

Turns out it’s not just “what” but “who”.

The fish seller!

The outdoor market place, which in summer is brimming with stalls and shoppers, was deserted but for this one fish seller. If I had been staying in a place with a kitchen (rather than in a hotel) I would have been tempted to buy some of his gorgeous salmon.

Selling fish on a cold day in Helsinki / Jill Browne

Selling fish on a cold day in Helsinki / Jill Browne

If you go to Helsinki in summer, you won’t believe that there was only one stand open in the market! Normally, even in winter, it’s a busy place.

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