Today was laundry day, which instinctively feels wrong on a holiday but the choice was to pack twice as much and not wash clothes or to travel light and nip to the laundrette. Luckily, the apartments we’re in have clothes washing facilities and all machinery is labelled in English. There are only a few things I don’t like about Helsinki. Cars being able to turn right on red being one of them as I have enough trouble crossing the road as it is. Another thing is the general failure of most Helsinki men to understand the principal that ‘ladies go first’ through doorways. It makes many gentlemen seem ungentlemanly when they dash through a door that’s being held open. However, there are many more things that I like. The large space given to cyclists always makes me wish I had my Brompton with me. Also, the number of small islands just off the near coastline makes short boat trips an excellent way to spend the day. Gazing out over the expansive horizon from Suomenlinna is truly breath taking, if there’s a better place for a picnic, I can’t think of one!