Please do not disturb!
Not only the trees were preserved during the building of Tapiola, but also a lot of the animal world is still co-habiting in this man-created environment.
Be careful while walking on Tapiola's walking paths and try not to disturb squirrels too much (like I did while trying to photograph this one, that was scared to death thinking my camera is some very harmful weapon).
I haven't seen a lot of Finland, but from what I've seen this is not only a characteristic of Espoo.
With central Nokia headquarters being located in the town, the use of mobile phones is enormous. You'll have a feeling that noone talks to other person face-to-face any more. But everyone constantly speaks to one phone while sending text messages or organizing their calender on another they hold in hand. People start to address you in Finninsh, and then you realize that they are in fact talking to someone else using a handsfree set. And the constant ringing noise cannot be described.....
I had a problem with the roaming system on my mobile so I had to find the public phone somewhere. You should have seen the expression of the faces of the people that I asked for help - same as if I has asked where can I get a mail-delivery pigeon.
(At the end I found one public phone in the Cultural centre. I think it was preserved on display as a part of cultural heritage. Luckily, it was still operating, although the numbers showed the amount in Finnish Marks three years after it was abandoned as a currency).
I am not sure if this is local custom, but in the summer we had a Sand Scalpture competition and this one was my favourite.
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