An Englishman discovers Helsinki
Very. Tamil in Thailand, I'm about to begin my journey to, Helsinki. It's. A cold January. -6. Today. And. The, journey is gonna come and take just, over two hours two and a half hours they think you shouldn't have to live like this like this you just said you, wanted, to live here Wow, for me it's a step up it's like moving from Iceland, to Finland. Gerry. What do you want you want to see the place in that. Hey. Some on the boats ferry, little, bit windy up here but it's been administrate. Spell. It, is still -6, fortunate. It's the middle of day sadly. There. Was a ferry incident between Thailand, and stop, where. The inspire very. Many, years ago went down. Calm. Seas today I'm, gonna guess, I'm gonna happen today. Helsinki. I. Serve. Arrived in Helsinki, just. Met the spawn of adverted, monks or, the spawn of Edouard Mike he looks like a monk. Screams child to be honest but no relation in terms of the artist but. Here we go. -. Dancer. Prancer, vixen. Comet. Cupid. So. My first full day in Helsinki. And I'm. On my way to the Design Museum the Finnish design is, world-renowned. I look, a football. Pitch. But. They've turned it into an ice rink we're. Gonna see me sniffing my ass right now, yeah. It is an ice rink. It's. Right. Next is beautiful Lutheran Church, just. On the way see ice onto the. On. The way to the, Design Museum you know onwards without. Slipping. I decided. To eat only half of the acid at first, but. I spilled the rest on the sleeve of my red woollen shirt. Oh. OS, was, the, horse, leave. Is. LSD. Owners in this brave new political. Environment, is Linda. Sarsour she's. A left-wing activist, she's now the face of Muslim, identity politics, in America, course, the Democratic, Party loves her but, what does she actually believe, assess. It for yourself I. Will. Respect. The presidency. But, I will, not respect. This, president. Our number, one a top priority, is to protect and defend our community, did not to assimilate, and to please any other people, in authority I hope that. We when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that, Allah accepts, from us that as a form of jihad that we are struggling, against, tyrants, and rulers not, only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world but here, in these United States of America where you have fascist and white supremacist, and Islamophobes.
Reigning In the White House. Arguing. Against, assimilation. Why can't Democrats, find a Muslim mascot, who is not a total, extremist, they probably could if they try. Yo. This. Is his new chair no he hasn't picked one yet dad. When. Pam gets Michael's wheelchair, I get Pam's old chair then I'll have two, chairs. Only. One to go. Erm, in the Design, Museum in center, of Helsinki. Basically. The exhibition. On the top floor specializes, in design. Of California. What. We felt, probably. Or what we probably many, move do realize is how how inspiring, Californian, design has been to all of us from the iPhone. That you may have in your hand is to watch this to the map you might be using as you watch this to, all. Of the computers, chips the banks have been designed in Silicon Valley that enables you to watch this video, just, there's a chair there that I spend way too many years on, basically. In offices in London and around the world. Caused. Me a huge amounts, of backache and but. It allows the user to basically sit on the chair for extended amounts of time because of the ergonomic design of, its. Surfboards. Were obviously designed in California we all wish to get out of the office and Basin as a surfboard just there and. It's. So many design. Isn't, incredibly inspiring, it. Also some the political, design of the basically I've seen. The. Free. Speech Movement in. San Francisco, to. Sadly. The. Pro-immigration. Marin, with a picture of Linda Sarsour that. Isn't inspiring, in my mind. How. Can someone as Pro Sharia, law the pro. Pro. Freedom doesn't, matter. We. Were the guys that would have been chosen last to succeed, we're. From Dennis, it was a dirty it, was filthy, it. Was paradise. No, reason, by doing something that everyone said was a waste of time we handed up influencing kids all around the world. What. I love about this exhibition over here we got these sort of evolution, of the skateboard, I'm going all the way back from the original scooter, which you may, remember from the. Ninth year when Marty, McFly goes back to the future in 1955. That scooter. They're basically, appeared first. In 1950. And then it basically inspired some, generation, of skateboards, many, of which you will know especially night I know as I grew up with skateboards, to, this, moving. On to this and then, basically, the. The. Dog town boy is basically skated on this every kid from the 80s, and, will remember this skateboard, and, not the design in itself by the in the actual shape remember. The rig this you'd, often have a big sort of kick it here and it was sort of front, you know a little bit pointy in the front and. Then of course in the nineties. And noughties we, had this skateboard the. One I in sort of like a skateboard, about although it hasn't really much changed in this one this, the. Last scape what I ever end. But. It's it, is quite inspiring to see this and, it'll see we've got the long board not quite as. Skillful. As. Skateboards. On the wall there but it's still as fun. It. Out on the highway. Looking. For adventure. And. Whatever comes, our way yeah. Obviously. Behind me the design of emoji which is your favorite emoji. Even. Emoji in the comments just let me know which is your favorite. Welcome. To our show hack the planet. I. Have. To say one of my favorite finished. Designers, is arrow on our own you I probably sent that completely wrong but his, round, chair has always been one of these chairs, I've. Always liked anytime award since were in, someone's house they have a round chair it's, the first chair I try to sit on. Lovely. Clock with them with. An unusual. Bird it's, an Anglican, reverse, and. Why. Is it is so angry because, it's works to, destroy. All. Of the pigs oh. Of. Course. Export. That, we give to you to reflect, Pinones, place as a pioneer. Of software. Innovation, indeed, I'm a huge fan we have places yeah yes. So. I'm at this sign. Museum and danced, as a designer Anna or who in the. Design is actually behind me and she's the blonde line it just there the yellow hair, but. This entire exhibition is. Basically. Highlighting, some, of her work as. A finished designer. Some. Of our work is incredibly impressive. I study. Like some of the men's, winter, jackets, and. She's. Got quite a following who started, their career and basically. Japan and did. A little sewing and the. Seams. Just work yourself probably. Getting, them completely wrong but. Finland. Is very proud of this designer Anna. As. I sit inside the ball chair and. I spin around which you can't see. How. Do I had how, it was the design museum for me 12. Euros so, it's expensive, six. Years of you're a student so, we have a fake student card. It's. Gonna be half the price of you. Would. I recommend it yes I definitely would, the California, exhibition, was incredibly.
Well. Well. Well, presented. And. What. I give it I give it a five out of five. Definitely, we're saying five stars. Something. I've noticed straight, away it reminds me of Oslo obviously, this is a Scandinavian. City and it is the capital of Finland, but. Even the pathways. Just. Remind me of Oslo it's not a lot of time in Oslo, it's, a city I do miss it's a city. Fond. Memories but. This. Is equally as cold as Oslo I. Yeah. Right now it's about minus, seven yesterday, was about minus, nine, and it's. The middle of the day and it's almost dark. Obviously. If you want to get full experience when, it comes to visiting Finland come in the summer not in the winter like I have to although, of course to come in the winter and head north you will see the Northern Lights potentially. Obviously. You gotta entertain yourself when you're in the capital city of the house-elf, Finland and. This. Is possibly, one of the best things, about finding the rocking horse, obviously. The nightlife is a little bit bad this. Does. Do. Quite well and the top of the hill beautiful, behind this. Just. In this monkey store. This is Sam. It's like ceviche to Simon's business salmon. Finely, cut up, onions. Vegetables. For. 5 euros which is pretty good value considering. I've. Recently been to this. Tasty. Very. Good. Obviously. No trip to Finland. Would be complete, without a visit to, a sauna the sauna was obviously invented, in Finland so right. In the center, of the city there's a big place where there's, a lot of saunas and one must go try it obviously I'm, not gonna take the camera in there but look, there's a lady going in the pool over here it's. Right. Behind me. As cold it's, currently. Talking. About - eight. I. Just. Went inside the Russian, Orthodox Church. Not. Allowed to take photos inside if the tortoise wasn't actually allowed inside properly, because it's. Supposed to be a divine service on even though nobody was in there but. Beautiful church from the outside and. One. Of - this is a Orthodox, Church and right behind me is. Not. 4x Church. At. The top of these very steep steps is the Helsinki. Cathedral. From. A distance it, looks very impressive let's, service just as impressive up close. Like. Such, river. Word, of advice. Finland, is not cheap especially you wouldn't be comparing, it to all the recent places at we no. Point for of a. Liter. Of beer. It's. Eight euros. 98. Euros 19 so. It's. Not. Not. Everything in Finland is expensive, this, is four euros and, I get to the system cache mode so I'm happy. You. May know him as the violinist, however. He's, basically. Back. In the 60s, that sort of represents, the organ which, is kind of strange given the violin is a long way away the. Organ is he, never composed anything about. But. He was violinist, serious. Part usually. Be. Full of. Tourists. On cruise ships they disembarked, and there be thousands, of people hit bases snapping pictures lucky. For me. No. One's here, so. I picked, a cold, day to come here but I picked, a nice day because, nobody is here. Nothing. Worse than going somewhere and it's full of tourists however, I'm. Sure I'm. Sure it's like. The whole windows tourists, as well anyway I a, little bit of a walk from the center but I recommend it. Hey. So it's, three, pop already and it's, just about to get dark, I. Have. To be in a nice weekend, so far I very, much enjoyed it just. A, little bit more to explore and changing. Locations. Because. I wanted to see more of the north side now so I'm going to basically, sort of move, my bags and change. Locations, when. You're in a city for a few more you know, more. Than a few days it's best to sort of move around a little bit that way you get a better sort of idea. Of what the city's about. So. I'm stood here in the Hammer, Museum which is the Helsinki. Arts. Museum they see that's what ham stands for he, obvious really I'm. Interesting. Museum. A lot of lot of amazing, sculptures. Some. Portraits. Some. Arts one. Of the. One. Of Finland's finest, artists, by, 10, euros though to get in so, when you come from the UK where it, doesn't actually cost anything to my enter, the museum's 10 euros does seem a bit steep however. It. Is a nice place. Think, of it as a sort of very small version of the Tate Modern and. You've. Pretty much hit the nail on the head, it is it, has some exceptional, fine pieces but. 10. Euros so. Budget. A little bit steep. What, I like about, Helsinki. And their ice rings if. You have a pair of skates. Just. Rock up you. Don't need to pay it's, sort of a skate, song. If. You want to rent skates of course you have to pay but, this should be a lesson there imagine. Trying to do that in London outside, the Natural History Museum or, Canary Wharf it, just wouldn't happen.
But. It's, kind of nice, drink it right, next to the main station, let. Us know for the kids to play in right. In the main square. It's. Nice. All. Right so. This is not my phone Oh. Check. This out I. Can. Open it with my finger braces. Now, question. Whose find the sins I open it with your fingerprints. Do. It do, it so I can see. Let's. See. Now. I'm gonna do it with, my fingerprint, I. Can. Do it from your friends. It's, ridiculous. Okay. So here I am a cold January. Afternoon. And, I found myself in this reptile. Park. And, the. Name just here, and. What. Is amazing this, place has every, deadly, snake you could possibly imagine and, some of the various, reptiles I've, ever, seen, example. This guy. Just. Behind me a muster, the. Problem is the, lack of English in this place it's. Supposedly. Moranis. Brannad, ceremony, according. To the stats here is, less than 15 of these in the world I mean, this is extremely rare creature and there's a visit back there where. This thought to be less than 200. In the wild I. Mean. This, is a phenomenally. Interesting place. 10. Euros for students 15. 13. Euros for adults. It's. If. You appreciate. What reptiles, and Wildlife this is phenomenally. Good place I mean it's not massive I, think, I'm half way around it at the moment I could, be surprised but I. Every. Single display is just there's. There's something amazing inside, every cabinet, obviously. I would prefer these things have been the world but the reality is you, can't. Have. The a lot of these animals now in the world their, habitats, have been destroyed their, habitats, are being destroyed by man and. The. Only safe, place for them is places. Where there's not. Ideal I know but. It's. Better that they are here you know, sort of, incredibly. Clean environments. And well, looked-after than. Basically. Being. Eaten, by locals, or think. All, their habitat being cut down by people, with chainsaws, and then burnt, alive. This. Has. Been one of the highlights of Helsinki so far I'm very impressed. So. This beautiful, is it from, Australia, and it's. Sniffing, me through the glass as you can see there's a little bit of a gap here and it's, using his tongue to. Basically sort of sniff me out. Clearly. This is a. Non. Shaheed, lizard. Because, there's. A fair fee is the only any cabinet. I've seen was a few scratches, imagine. That. I see the scratches are on the other side so, it's this guy scratching, with his amazing claws, and. He's. Inquisitively. I mean. They did the eyes insanely. Beautiful and. That tongue I mean right. Now he's he's, sniffing, me. Trying. To figure out what. Sort of what am i. Realizes. What I am these are. Intelligent animals. Am. I a threat. My. My. Friendly to him on my potential prey to him. But. He's inquisitive, people easy he's inquisitive, about me as I am about him.
But. Just, looking into his eyes he's I mean when you look into any animals lives there's a connection there and, that. Is a beautiful animal. Right. Behind me is the only, sad thing I found about this place. Beautiful. Beautiful bird but, and proven. Smart a, lot. Of interaction, going on here. Playing. This toys but. At, the same time because. Of its have natural habits and Africa is being decimated. It. Is now in the middle is now in captivity where, I convinced. This, bird could have a bigger, captivity, this is the saddest thing about this place the. Reptiles, find. Bird. This, bird is screaming, for more space. So, that was my tour of the Tropic area and I. Have to say this is truly an amazing place. We. Have some of the deadliest snakes and, the deadliest reptiles, you, could, possibly imagine. I mean everything from the Black Mamba to the Green Mamba to, Komodo. Dragons, to, rattlesnakes. It, is phenomenal. Like. I say the only negative is seeing. The birds in, in, its little prison, it's. Clearly very intelligent, animal but if, you ignore that. Because. I know it's clear how clean all of the tanks are they. Are doing a phenomenal job, this. Is, yes. Is worth 10 euros and. It's. Incredibly. Insightful and lucky, for me, majority. Of my time here I've. Been the only person here there, was there was a little kid here earlier making a little bit noise but once they left complete. Silence and, all I can hear is the animals and, they've. Got obviously, the bird that keeps making. Noise although. I, haven't. Yet got, him on camera making noise which is a shame, maybe. He's gonna make this so like goodbye to me right now let's see. Bye-bye. Anyway. I give, this place five, stars. Hey. Your. Cards, thumb assume aligning Laska Vario Clube i was. Asking. If this was the finish. Which. Judging, by your response I, assume, it's not so, hey so guys, a. Very. Cold day as per usual it is January after all I think it's about, minus. 6 today but, I'm reminded as I. Walk. Past this shot what. It's called it's. Called Fargo. It's. Possibly one of my favourite films. By. The Coen brothers probably, probably their best film actually correct. Me in the comments to be disagree on that one but I still. Haven't seen the TV series, I hear you. Mcgregor is supposed to be good that's one for me to watch, when i get back to civilization. My, civilization, I know Finland is civilization. But. Today is as cold as Fargo I know a lot of the people originally, from Fargo land which. I think is Minnesota. Originally. Came from Scandinavia so, maybe there's a connection. I'm. Sitting here driving, doing. All the driving man, whole, away from Brainerd driving, just trying to, chat. You. Know, keep. Our spirits, up fight the boredom of the road you can't say one, thing just in the way a conversation, oh.
It I don't have to talk eat it man, see. How you like it. Just, total, silence two. Can play at that game smart, guy, just. See how you like it. Total. Silence. Basically. I'm in the hipster area of Helsinki. At the moment it's just kind of north of the center. Nor from the railway tracks across the river and you get to sort of where the hipsters are how, do you know it sisters, tattoo, shops. Coffee. Shops are called Shoreditch my, place where I'm from and. Record. Stores. All. The giveaway signs that it's hipster bill but apparently, on Monday. Which today is none. Of these places are very fit and things are only open Tuesday to Friday around here. It. Seems Monday is a bit, of an on day in Helsinki. Three. Museums I've now tried to go to I closed. This. Is quite difficult when you're walking around it's now currently, minus 10. I'm. Freezing. Yesterday. I managed, to. 11. And a half 12 miles almost according, to my health. App on my phone. Today. I'm not sure I managed that with the cold, it's. Minus 10. It's. Minus 10, without. Wind and when the wind picks up is you can probably hear in the Micra friend gets a lot colder. This. Is the see just. To give you some perspective on how cold it is well it's kind of the s3 to. The sea sea, is. Basically, just in, front of me for. The vestry sort of river inlets. Unimaginative. Depending. On the tide will depend, on if it's fresh water or sea water but as, you can see, some. People have been ice skating. One. Of the things you can do when you're in Helsinki, is obviously visit, their music center now this received. A lot of Inu money but. It's one of the better things you, have ever done although a lot, of it was from. The majority of it was from I finished. Tax payers and, donate. Donors I think I think, it costs a hundred and ninety million this complex you, can imagine. The. Barbican, except, make it beautiful then, you might be you, might be, sort. Of close to imagining, what it's like and, the nice thing is the area. Is, circular. So. You can sort of even, if you don't have a ticket you can look in and you see what's going on. But. They've. Got a lot of. They've. Got a lot of musical gigs on at the moment. Not. Cheap there has, to be said and. Tonight sadly is sold out so, I won't be watching unless, they. Sent they say they unless. Someone has a ticket and seems, unlike.
Monday. Is not a day to go to museums, forth, museum I tried today and. It. Is closed and I, thought a trip to any City would not be complete without, a trip to the Natural History Museum as. You've probably seen in a lot of my videos they tend to visit the Natural History Museum in each city as much as possible, I, heard. Good things about this one, this. Is a moose and a couple of giraffes on their balcony, but. As per usual it's, closed so, advice, if you're looking to do all the museums do them Tuesday. To Sunday, don't. Try Monday, tomorrow. I won't get a chance as I'm flying. Off but it's. A shame really but oh well. So. That's my trip to Helsinki, thank you for joining me on the on this journey, thanks. For watching right away all, the way to the end of this video, it's been a long video I know although I. Keep. Trying to edit these videos there's. A lot of footage that doesn't make the cuts. Helsinki. Would, I recommend it definitely. Perceptions. Of Finland, before I came here good, design, nice. People at, home of the sauna the. Home of the Moomin. Mickey. Hey Kenan. Have. My perceptions, been changed no I had. I, always. Assumed the country would be. We've. Filled, with good people good design. What. I what I was very surprised if it was just how. Stylish. Everything, is it's very modern place. It's. A beautiful city I do want. To come back in the summer, simple. Reason most. Of the days, in. January I only, seem to get about three to three hours maybe four hours of daylight, if. I'm lucky most, the time that's been if. It's been clouded over it feels like gets dark a lot a lot. Earlier. But. Yes I definitely come back. I'm and. I'd like to see the rest of Finland anyway so if you like this video click Subscribe here, just, somewhere around here and. I. Hope you can join me on another journey so, next time.