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.
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.
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.
This is my standard form of disclosure that I am retroactively adding to all blog posts done before April 1, 2018, and will add to all new posts.
1. Is this experience open to the public?
2. Who paid the cost of me doing this?
3. Did I get any compensation or special consideration for writing this blog post?
4. Would I be as positive about this place if I had gone as a regular visitor?
Yes. I write about things that I find interesting.