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дек. 25, 2015

03:02 am - Christmas night ride

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It's almost a tradition already - in the Christmas night I take my bike and go somewhere in the city, to feel the unique atmosphere, which happens only once in a year.





Public transport stops to work around 16:00 and starts next day around 11:00. That's an arguable thing, but this is how it is for now.

Together with strikes, it's the rare opportunity to admire empty stations.



Beautiful Central Park of Helsinki. There were surprisingly many cyclists around 23:00. One of the few advantages of the snowless Christmas :)



This shop was open only from 7:00 to 12:00. Some others were closed at all.



Christmas night is also a small Critical Mass for me. It's possible to cycle on the streets, which are to be avoided all other time. I arrived to the center from Hämeentie.



Things are not that easy however even in the Christmas night. I had to wait some minutes here to make a shot without cars in it.





There was not so much people in the center except Asian tourists, making selfies with these pretty reindeer.



A counter on the Baana bicycle superhighway said that 2 people already rolled by, starting from 0:00. What a pity! I wanted to be the first. I should come there on 1.1.2016 :)





I wish you a Merry Christmas, dear readers!



Empty streets again. The city is so beautiful and so safe without cars! The air is fresh as well and there is no noise. Just awesome! It was definitely a good idea to go out this night.





No cars = all green for cyclists. I like it! :)



And there are still 3 non-working days left! I'm happy and wish you to be too! ;)

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From:konstinn
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 08:21 am
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Good idea! But, does your family think so? ;)
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From:bpeme4ko
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 04:48 pm
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Yes, why they shouldn't? :)
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From:konstinn
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 05:14 pm
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It's evidently! Because it's the most warm family time of the year. All family members must be at home during Christmas eve. Is not it? :)
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From:bpeme4ko
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 05:17 pm
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Not in every family. Local people are used to celebrate Christmas with family, of course, leaving the nice and empty city for us, foreigners, to explore :)

Edited at 2015-12-25 17:17 (UTC)
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From:konstinn
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 05:21 pm
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Foreigners? Have you not obtained Finnish citizenship yet?
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From:bpeme4ko
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 05:26 pm
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Haven't yet. But anyway, getting citizenship doesn't make anyone more native. IMO own language and cultural background have a huge influence. You can't really override them with one paper.
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From:konstinn
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 05:31 pm
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It's true :)
Ok, I hope we will see some snow during our crossing of Finland next week.
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From:bpeme4ko
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 05:36 pm
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Going to Lapland? Or Nordkapp?
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From:konstinn
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 06:14 pm
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To Sweden and Denmark this year. And probably we will try to visit Nordkap before returning to Russia. It will depend on weather and RUB/EUR rate :)
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From:bpeme4ko
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 06:20 pm
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Sounds great! Have a nice trip! Hopefully you'll see some snow :)
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From:berngardovka
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 09:29 am
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Круто
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From:eugene_ivanov
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 09:35 am
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красота!
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From:crazy_koha
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 10:48 am
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Так здорово! Приятный пост. На фотографиях пустых улиц хочется порисовать!) А вы празднуете Рождество? Мы почему-то здесь празднуем европейское Рождество еще меньше чем в России, в этот раз оно совсем мимо прошло. Как все-таки грустно без снега.
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From:bpeme4ko
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 04:53 pm
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Спасибо!

>> На фотографиях пустых улиц хочется порисовать

Если понадобятся большие фотки для этого, дай знать! :)

Нет, мы не празднуем особо (и русское Рождество тоже). Иногда ходим в гости к друзьям, если зовут. Иногда Лена ездит в церковь, а я с ней за компанию и чтобы покататься по пустым улицам. В этом году она приболела, так что я поехал один.

Днем интересно было, т.к. солнечно и даже зелено местами. А вечером да, хотелось снега. Пора покупать путевки в Лапландию на следующий год, за снегом :)
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From:crazy_koha
Date:Декабрь 25, 2015 10:24 pm
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Да, пожалуйста, пришли! 1, 3 (скамейка в парке), 5 (рельсы и елочки) и оленей, и зеленые светофоры. Правда, пока не знаю, когда найдется ночка порисовать, но очень бы хотелось!)
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