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[*] posted on 6-3-2013 at 10:46 AM
Finland, Helsinki 3rd August 2013 - Updated 29.07.


Finland, Helsinki 3rd August 2013

COUNTRY: Finland
CITY/REGION: Helsinki
DATE: 3rd August 2013
TIME: 10 AM to evening
LOCATION: Railway station, Aleksis Kivi statue (on a square on Mikonkatu side of the station, if you're looking at a map)

Welcome all to Helsinki meet-up on Saturday 3rd of August 2013!

PROGRAM FOR SATURDAY:
-Meeting at the railway station square by Aleksis Kivi statue at 10 AM
-A postcard shopping tour (with a little map and everything!)
-Lunch in restaurant Kaarna at 2 PM
-At 4 PM with happy, full stomachs we will roll out and head to the market square and take the ferry to Suomenlinna
-Will walk around probably in several smaller groups.. Ideas what to do and see:
*Rush to the second island and you can watch the big ferry to Stockholm navigate through a narrow channel.. Wave to people, they'll wave back at you:)
*Ehrensvärd museum has kindly offered free entry for postcrossers - just mention by the desk that you are a postcrosser. Open till 6 PM.
*We have a reservation in Café Icecellar from 6:30 PM to 9 PM. It's ok to go there earlier, of course, if you're done with touring, but they're expecting a big group to arrive after 6:30. There's the café and an art shop where you can look around, too. And no, it's not made of ice, sorry:) Here's a link that is unfortunately only in Finnish: Jääkellari

Link to maps of Suomenlinna: http://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/visitors_guide/maps

THE POSTCARD MAP! Print for yourself if possible: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213040954839006811943.0004dec8e...

Organizers of the meet-up besides yours truly are dollart, wilma (won't be there), Tarya (won't be there) and Kilona (won't be there).

There will be unofficial program on Friday and Sunday, which I will post on the second post and write a list of all who want to participate, just to keep track of who I should be looking for and nobody gets lost!


Participants Sat 3rd:

cicus FI
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Sofa DE
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mollyphlox FI/SE
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Nekorin FI
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masito CH
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ana DE
paulo DE
Xpaula FI
erjamaarit FI
erjamaarit2 FI
delenn_mir PL
delenn_mir 2 PL
manme FI
animismi FI
animismi2 FI
Pihka FI
heliA FI
omppuA FI
Marnie FI
mingshu FI
suzie FI
emmakko SE
MaHaKo FI
Kherya DE
Fairytale89 FI
soilian FI
soilian2 FI
poivrepepper FI/BE
IreneK FI
kotona FI
Huppu68 FI
Sahrami FI


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nihan TR
Ninon RU
marienkäferchen DE
Yana13 FI
Viherpippuri FI
Doumik FR
BxlPoster BE
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Nzqu FI
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[*] posted on 6-3-2013 at 11:11 AM


UNOFFICIAL PROGRAM:

Friday 2nd August

Meeting place: Railway station, Aleksis Kivi statue
Time: 5 PM

We'll head to:

Kappeli terrace in Esplanade park, near the market square. We can enjoy live music and have a cold beer or hot coffee:) Kappeli is a traditional cafe, bar and restaurant right next to a live music stage in the park. If the weather is bad, we can go indoors or find another place nearby.
Naturally those who are able to find their way to Kappeli and are in that direction can go directly there around 5:30 PM!

cicus FI
Wilma FI
Kasi DE
manme FI
Pihka FI
ana DE
Paulo DE
dollart FI
suzie FI
manme ? FI
Mecu FI
Huppu68 FI
soilian +1 (maybe) FI
Sofa DE
Jetske NL
Gforp DK
Telenn NL
Monna FI

Sunday 4th August

Meeting place: Railway station, Aleksis Kivi statue
Time: 10:30 AM

We'll head to:
Café Regatta, a very charming little red cottage by the sea:) Easily my favourite place to go in Helsinki. Nearby there are also other attractions like the Sibelius Monument, a popular sandy beach and minigolf. It's about 2 km from the centre so I assume we will take the local bus. This is a place to sit outdoors, so once again, if the weather is bad, we'll pull a plan B.

cicus FI
Wilma FI
Kasi DE
pampula FI
anemone1 FI
manme FI
Pihka FI
suzie FI
dollart FI
Mecu FI
Huppu68 (maybe) FI
Sofa DE
Jetske NL
masito CH
Gforp DK
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[*] posted on 6-3-2013 at 11:20 AM


GOOD TO KNOW:

Accommodation

Eurohostel: http://www.eurohostel.eu/
- nice location in Katajanokka

Stadion Hostel: http://www.stadionhostel.fi/cms/?ca=tervetuloa&lang=2
- located in the Olympic Stadium

Hostel Erottajanpuisto: http://www.erottajanpuisto.com/eng/
- easy location right in the city centre

Hostel Academica:
http://www.hostelacademica.fi/index.php?option=com_content&task...
- all rooms have a shower & toilet and also a small kitchenette

All those hostels I mention above have a very good location, you can walk or take a tram to city centre. But if a 15 minute ferry trip isn't a problem for you, Hostel Suomenlinna might be your choice ;)
http://www.hostelhelsinki.fi/en/frontpage/
- a former Russian schoolhouse on the UNESCO World Heritage island of Suomenlinna

Omena Hotels are quite cheap too and there are three of them in the city centre (Eerikinkatu, Yrjönkatu, Lönnrotinkatu)
http://www.omenahotels.com/our-hotels/finland/
(switch the language from the upper right corner of the page)

Check out also booking.com for all accommodation and a web page called Wimdu for apartments! If you share an apartment, it's quite affordable way to stay in Helsinki:)


Transportation

Tickets can be purchased from bus and tram drivers, automats at stations or you can get a chargeable (1-7 days or credit) travel card from an R-kiosk.

Local buses: entrance only from the front door! You must show a valid ticket to the driver OR beep your charged travel card in the machine next to the driver (hold card in the centre and press 1 for Helsinki or 2 to/from airport) OR buy a ticket from the driver. Exit from middle or back doors.

Trams: entrance from any door. You can buy a ticket from the driver if you don't have a valid one. If you have a travel card, you can find beeping machines next to the doors.

Metro: buy a ticket from an automat or beep your travel card at the gates upstairs.

Local trains: you can buy a ticket from the automats at the station, ticket selling office or a ticket selling wagon in the train. Your travel card is valid in local trains too and you can just beep it when you get in.

Suomenlinna ferry: is a part of local transportation, so you don't need another kind of ticket. If you have a travel card, beep on number 1.

Basicly I recommend everyone to go to the nearest R-kiosk as soon as you arrive at the airport, bus or train station. They can help you the best!

Here you can find ticket prices: http://www.hsl.fi/EN/ticketsandfares/prices/Pages/Prices2013.aspx
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[*] posted on 6-3-2013 at 05:50 PM


I'm not sure where I needed to announce my appearance but I'm going to be there :D
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[*] posted on 7-3-2013 at 10:07 PM


^This is the right place:cool:
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[*] posted on 8-3-2013 at 10:29 AM


I'll try to be there, too. :)
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[*] posted on 8-3-2013 at 02:52 PM


Then I assume that it's ok that I write here that my friend explosive92 (also from Finland) is attending the meeting with me :)
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[*] posted on 9-3-2013 at 07:11 PM


Yes:) Updated!
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[*] posted on 20-3-2013 at 12:14 PM


noted in my calendar! I'll try to be there!
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[*] posted on 21-3-2013 at 10:05 PM


Pepe added to the "try to be there" list:)
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[*] posted on 24-3-2013 at 12:15 PM


Nice plans! It's been a long time since I attended a PC meeting... perhaps it'd be time to attend one again! It's a bit too early to say for sure, but please write my name down on "try to be there" list as well.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2013 at 04:48 AM


Updated, thanks!
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[*] posted on 26-3-2013 at 04:31 PM


I'll try to be there... :) I've asked for summer holidays during this time, but I'll know that for sure next month :thumbup:
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[*] posted on 27-3-2013 at 04:39 PM


Sahrami added to the maybe list, thanks!
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[*] posted on 27-3-2013 at 04:42 PM


I am free that week, plane tickets are very affordable right now and I have not ben to Finland for ... 36 years. I am coming !
Any suggestions about not very expensive hotels, please ?
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[*] posted on 27-3-2013 at 11:09 PM


I just booked my flights, so I will definitely be one of the participants on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. :bouncy:
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[*] posted on 29-3-2013 at 09:08 PM


Great news, Gforpy and Kasi!

Gforp, here's a copy-paste of hostels etc. that Tarya wrote on the first (now locked) meet-up thread:



Eurohostel: http://www.eurohostel.eu/
- nice location in Katajanokka

Stadion Hostel: http://www.stadionhostel.fi/cms/?ca=tervetuloa&lang=2
- located in the Olympic Stadium

Hostel Erottajanpuisto: http://www.erottajanpuisto.com/eng/
- easy location right in the city centre

Hostel Academica:
http://www.hostelacademica.fi/index.php?option=com_content&task...
- all rooms have a shower & toilet and also a small kitchenette

Unfortunately I've only visited the first one, Eurohostel (I liked it :)). Others are probably just as good, but I just don't have any experience or information of them - yet. I hope the links above are helpful :)

Edit: All those hostels I mention above have a very good location, you can walk or take a tram to city centre. But if a 15 minute ferry trip isn't a problem for you, Hostel Suomenlinna might be your choice ;)
http://www.hostelhelsinki.fi/en/frontpage/
- a former Russian schoolhouse on the UNESCO World Heritage island of Suomenlinna

Edit 2: Omena Hotels are quite cheap too and there are three of them in the city centre (Eerikinkatu, Yrjönkatu, Lönnrotinkatu)
http://www.omenahotels.com/our-hotels/finland/
(switch the language from the upper right corner of the page)
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[*] posted on 30-3-2013 at 03:06 PM


Thank you cicousku :) Got my ticket today !
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[*] posted on 2-4-2013 at 04:19 PM


I am not 100 % sure ,but I am 99 % sure that I am coming :)
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[*] posted on 5-4-2013 at 06:45 AM


Ilmeisesti tähän täytyy jollain tapaa ilmoittautua, joten kyllä, ilmoittaudun. Ainakin näin alustavasti, ihan varmaksi kun ei voi vielä sanoa :)
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[*] posted on 6-4-2013 at 09:03 AM


Katts and Viherpippuri added to the maybe list:cool:
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[*] posted on 28-4-2013 at 02:40 PM


Of course,I´m coming to Helsinki meet-up.
On friday I´m at work , but Saturday and Sunday are OK!
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[*] posted on 28-4-2013 at 06:26 PM


Pampula added, welcome!
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[*] posted on 3-5-2013 at 10:09 AM


Please add me to the Maybe list :) (Sat)
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[*] posted on 4-5-2013 at 05:47 PM


Please add me to the maybe list, too :)
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