From there we entered the bus to Helsinki center and started thinking about the differences and similarities between Portugal and Finland. Well, first not much: the traffic signals and different background colours, there are lots of people on the street and in the highways at 6h15, simple things. Then, some nice things: every house and building simply and beautifully designed, with a very clean and organized aspect; large streets and parking lots; trees everywhere; people on highways going to work, not crossing neighbourhoods or cities, but forest.
Once in Helsinki I started questioning all my prejudices, and what everyone told me... Of course, the city was beautiful, calm, secure, organized, but... the people crossed the street with the red light on, there was trash on the floor (a lot of trash in some places), there were shopping centers everywhere, there were people begging on the streets (all foreigners). Still, many good things were visible: art and bicycles everywhere, large streets, polite people, a beautiful city.
And then, there was the trip through some of the cities main, and some not really main, attractions.