A conference in Berlin, and some vacationing before and after.
This whole trip is pretty much defined by food. We had totally forgotten what we really miss in Singapore: good quality bread, and sandwiches and salads with fresh ingredients. Simple and tasty!
Muse gives an impressive show, although some people may think that the extra effects beyond music (the light bulb, a giant robot, actors and dancers, etc.) made it more like an Olympic opening ceremony rather than a rock concert.
Next morning we go for a run. The white building in the garden is the first mental hospital in Finland. It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel (born in Berlin in 1778), who's responsible of the new neoclassical empire style architecture in Helsinki's center.
Out of last 14 years we have lived 12 abroad, and whenever we have visited Helsinki our tradition has been to visit Suomenlinna Brewery for lunch.
Another thing that defines our trip is fresh fish, which we can't get in Singapore. (most fish and seafood there smells "fishy" --- fresh fish does not smell)
Brewery's fish platter and buttered new potatoes with dill: Peppered grav lax, smoked vendace mousse, baltic herrings marinated with juniper berry, roe of vendace with onions and soured cream.(description from their menu)
This is the day. While Tomi is interviewed for the whole day for a job he has now accepted, Tei gets to know Grenoble. First she heads to a brand new shopping mall, Centre commercial la caserne de Bonne, in the eco district built adjacent to the old military barracks built in 1884 (Bonne barracks).
The Esplanade Alain Le Ray, old courtyard buildings and the military barracks named after Francois de Bonne. The first barracks were built 1593-1595.
It is a hot day and the kids have fun in the fountain.
We are early at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. We pay some extra for a three-hour stay in Finnair lounge, which offers us an opportunity to take a shower and have buffet dinner with free flow of drinks (beer and wine included)