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09 August 2007 @ 05:07 pm
life questions  
hei-hei! I'm going to study in Helsinki this autumn semester and wanted to ask some simple questions, that nevertheless worry me much)
1) Could you advise me mobile phone operator suitable for student?
2) Where is better to buy food? Could you advise any restaurants, bars, caffees?
3) What is the cheapest way to travel around country and to nearest countries?
4) What are the most interesting places to visit (something that is not in ordinary tourist route?
5) Is it common to travel by bike around the city? Do you know places to buy used bike?
Thanks a lot!)
Katjathelinus on August 9th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
greetings from the (lazy) mod :)
1) DNA (http://www.dnafinland.fi/)is pretty affordable, and has many different sort of options, depending on whether you're more interested in text messages or actual talk time.

2)restaurants and cafes in Helsinki sadly tend to be a little on the expensive side, especially downtown. for lunch you could try the Kaisaniemi subway tunnel food court, which is pretty affordable and offers loads of different kinds of food.

there are some less expensive cafe's and bars in Kallio, which can easily be reached by taking the tram or subway.

3)if you're eligeble for student discounts, train is a pretty good way of traveling inside Finland. you get half the price off with the discount, and its a comfortable and safe way to travel.

if you'd like to visit Estonia, i suggest taking the ferry, which can be as cheap as 20euros, and only takes about 3hours. to Sweden you'll have to cross check ferry and flight prices; sometimes one is cheaper than the other.

4)some fun places to visit in Helsinki would be the Hietaniemi flea market, where you can find all kinds of interesting and cheap things, and while you're there, the old part of the Hietaniemi cemetery. its beautiful and big, and right by the water.

Kallio and Hakaniemi are interesting for their cultural variety, and all the small cafe's and bars that you can find there. Kallio can be a little rough in nighttime, so you should watch out and not go alone, though.

5)a lot of people take their bikes when they go to work, and its a favoured past time over here otherwise too, so you're lucky in that respect. there are a lot of great biking routes, you just have to dig a little to find them (this site should help though http://kevytliikenne.ytv.fi/)

Espoontorin Pyörä is a place to look for used bikes. you should find more information about the address by googling it. the city of Helsinki also rents out bikes during the summer and early fall, i believe.

hope that helped a little at least, and welcome! :)
lusyandriklusyandrik on August 10th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: greetings from the (lazy) mod :)
Paljon kiitoksia! It has helped a lot!