Yesterday we finished the first portion of my summer program - "Documentation and Representation." The group worked fiercely these last few days to get everything finished, and somehow we managed to pull it all together for the presentation.
After some much needed sleep last night, and several loads of neglected laundry this morning, Kay and I ventured around town. I dragged him to see Aalto's House of Culture (as I have to write a paper on it tomorrow), but since it was so nice outside we decided to leisurely walk back to the city centre. Today was probably the best weather we've had this summer in Helsinki, and it was apparent the Finns felt the same as they were out in droves. We stumbled upon several groups - out celebrating various events but all soaking up the sun. It's already tempting me to procrastinate some more with aforementioned paper and go to a park tomorrow and get some sun...
The highlight of my day, however, had to be the basil ice cream I had this afternoon. A-MAZ-ING! Not quite sweet or dessert tasting, but with nuts (almonds?) and more savory, probably one of the most unique and delicious ice creams I've ever had. I guess it shouldn't be too surprising as Finland is Europe's biggest consumer of ice cream - on average the annual consumption is 13.7 liters per person (I stumbled upon this fact one day as my classmates and I were debating the origin of ice cream, and I of course needed to Wikipedia it...).
The first group we encountered - complete with trance music, and dancers (maybe on something...)
Pride Parade Celebration
Aleksenterinkatu (main shopping street)
I keep forgetting tomorrow is the 4th of July - I wonder how big the U.S. population is here in Helsinki, and if there will be anything going on? We sure don't seem to run into Americans very often (although, I did hear excerpts of a few seemingly American conversations at last week's Arcade Fire concert in Senate Square). Happy 4th to everyone at home! Hope you're enjoying your summers!