Left for Helsinki on Friday morning, got as far as Loviisa (roughly just under an hours drive) and the oil pressure in the engine stopped working correctly, recommended not to drive another metre so I went on a guided tour of the cafe in the petrol station 'and on your left you will see a variety of foods available and on your right, the drinks' ahahaha Had a hot chocolate and pulla then Olli arrived in the other car and we all went home, car was towed.
Had lunch at the Thai restaraunt with Hellu then went to Maddi's and stayed the night. Had sauna, had Finnish lessons from Maddi's host granddad then Maddi and I made an absolutely amazing apple and blueberry crumble.
Was picked up mid morning for take 2 of going to Helsinki :P actually got there this time haha We went on a quick driven tour of the city, apparently it is more beautiful in the Spring/Summer because the snow on the sides of the road and paths is brown from the salt and sand put on it so it isnt slippery but for me it was still very beautiful because the arcitecture and set out is so different from anything in Australia. I saw the Olympic Stadium, Opera House, National museum, Modern Museum of Art, Presidents residence, the ship I will be going on to Sweden with my host fam. (exciting how I can just pop over to Sweden for the weekend :P ) the marketplace and so on... Then we went shopping in the city centre at Stockmann (equivilent of David Jones or Myer except an 8 story building!!) and in surrounding shops, didn't buy much, mainly some souvenirs to send home. The funny thing was my host fam. didn't see anyone they know but as we were leaving a heard an excited squel and was suddenly being hugged - turns out Laura (another exchange student i am friends with) was in Helsinki as well! it was really good to see her and funny that the Finnish people don't meet someone they know in a Finnish city but the Australian does haha
Did a Body Combat class at the gym (not actually fighting someone but with kicks, jumps, punches etc into thin air) was a raelly good work out except I was always 2 steps behind everyone else because all the instructions were in Finnish ahaha but it was still good.