Eugene Cordell Vail
Helsinki, Finland Temple Dedication Trip
Day 3 - 19 Oct 2006

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One of the biggest changes I noticed in Finland is that you cant buy regular Finnish food in the cafeterias any more
All they sell are Sandwiches. I only found one restaurant in Helsinki that had normal traditional Finnish food. I really missed that part of Finland. I love Finnish food. You can get a sandwich in any country of the world.....

McDonalds stores are every where now. Did you hear about the little boy from Japan who said when he came
into the LA Airport, "Look Mom they have McDonalds in America too". I actually took this picture so you could see this girl's Afro hair style. I never saw anything like that in Finland before. Times change.....

This is the best place to eat in Helsinki. It is up the street from the train station. They have an upstairs where you can sit and watch the city go by.

I was really surprised to see so many "MOVIE STAR" type advertisements everywhere. And lots of the Finnish women are trying to look like that now by the makeup and hair and dress... This one is in the main train station. It is not any
different than in America. It just was not there 40 years ago and it seems to have a big effect on the Finnish culture.

Every where you look in Finland there is granite rock. They have to blast it away to build any building or road. It is normally red or gray.

I had the opportunity to be a security guard at the temple 2 nights. They had 5 cameras. This is where I stayed to
watch the cameras. Then every hour I went out and walked around in the freezing cold. It was fun to be in charge of
the temple my self for a whole night.

The LDS Helsinki Temple at night.

This was my first mission President in 1963. Mark and Marlin Anderson are living in Finland now as workers in the Finnish Temple. They live in a little building by the temple that was built for the workers to live in and that is where the cafeteria is for the temple too rather than having it in the actual temple.

I tried to take a picture of each person I talked to so you could see what Finnish people look like. This girl is so typiclal Finnish looking. I bought a 1 MB memory for my camera for just $40 here in this store. Obviously it was a self photo because no one was around to take our picture.

I spent so many hours waiting for trains when I was there in 1963-65 I had to take a picture of one for memories sake.

This is a pretty typical "TALO" or apartment house where people live in Finland in the cities. Usually not over 5 or 6 stories.

The Finnish people are so clever and ingenious. This is a very common cupboard even when they have a dish washer.
You wash the dishes then just put them in the cupboard which is just a 3 level dish drainer. That is so clever.
This is Sister Häkkinen. I stayed with her most of the time I was there.

In Finland they used to eat the apple top down. They eat the whole core seeds and all (at least in 1963-65) and I noticed
her doing it, so I asked if I could get a picture of her eating an apple that way. I still do it myself a lot after all these years.

Sister Häkkinen was so cute with her grandson Olivi when he came over. They sat and watched cartoons together as they ate breakfast.

Olavi is pretty shy as you can see.

After the cartoons, then she played with him on the floor. The carpet had lines like a little town so they drove cars around
on the lines.

I so love Finnish food. This is an "OHUKAISET". That is what we would call a "CRAPE". It is a very thin pancake. After it is cooked, then you put strawberries and powdered sugar inside. Then you roll it up and enjoy... She is such a wonderful cook!!!

I just love the scales in Finland. I weighed 209 lbs when I went there and eating Sister Häkkinen's food every night,
I saw a significant change in my weight..... WOW.. I should have brought one of those scales home. That would make me feel a lot better each morning when I saw my metric weight...

The Finnish beds are quite different from our big "CERTA-PERFECT" style spring and mattress beds. They are actually quite comfortable.

She gave me permission to take some other pictures of her house so you could
see a typical Finnish apartment (they call an apartment house a "TALO").
She lives on the second floor.

I was pleased to see that she had a washing machine too (but no dryer). That is not as common in Finland as in America.

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