During the year I have made some smaller trips to for example Tampere in Finland, Copenhagen in Denmark and Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
I went to Finland mainly for work where I participated in a work fair in Tampere, which is a city north of the capital Helsinki. Tampere is the third largest city in Finland, but still pretty close to the capital. Tampere was founded as a market place on the banks of the Tammerkoski channel in 1775 by Gustav III of Sweden. Because of the Swedish ancestry I expected to meet more people who spoke or understood Swedish, but it turns out it’s a pretty small part of the population of Tampere that actually speaks Swedish. This was my first time in Finland and I was hoping for some winter feeling when I went there in January 2017. I sure got my snow as I wanted and it was so very cold.
In May, I travelled with some colleagues to Stockholm for a meet and greet with some of our colleagues up there. We met to prepare for an upcoming football tournament in London arranged by Playtech. It’s not that often that I get to go to Stockholm even if it’s the capital of the country I live in. But it’s a very beautiful city and it has much to offer. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend so much time in Stockholm this trip, but I look forward to the next time I will visit our capital.
Even if I live very close to Copenhagen, it’s only 20 minutes by train from Malmö, Sweden where I live, I’m very bad at visiting this wonderful city. I really love Copenhagen and this year I got to spend my birthday there with my brother. The evening before I had a birthday party with my friends, so I was a bit tired when I woke up, but my brother was in a good mood and that rubbed off on me. We had a walk along Ströget to start with and stopped for a beer in the sun. Then we went to Tivoli, which is just as lovely during summer/spring time as during Christmas. When we were there they had a gymnastic competition going on, so we had a seat at a restaurant and had a look at the performances. Since it’s an amusement park of course we tried our luck in various games and I won a panda bear!