20 September 2008

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Saturday, 20th September 2008

DON’T for a moment think that we went to bed after the party last night! Some went ice-skating, others went to see a basketball game and some enjoyed their hosts’ array of digital toys until long after bedtime! See the photo album – some of us REALLY travel in style here in Helsinki!

This morning we had a quick, but informative bus tour of Helsinki. Some points of interest were the Senate Square with the imposing Tuomio Church, the ice breakers that make sure the Helsinki Harbour is operational 365 days of the year, the Olympic Park, where the 1952 Summer Olympics were held and the monument built in honour of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. Lunch at MacDonalds was followed by shopping with the hosts and some more sight-seeing. Andre Visser and Dewald even ran all the way to the top of the Marathon Tower on top of which the Olympic Flame burnt during the Olympics!

Most definitely the highlight of the day must have been tonight’s concert, though. The Temppeliaukio church was built out of the granite rock face, and looks like nothing from the outside, but absolutely stunning from the inside! The choirs made good use of the wonderful acoustics and Prof Troskie loved the organ! Altogether the perfect birthday present for Mr Van Zyl.

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