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I've got most of my slides professionally scanned and thought I'd try to upload some of them to TrekEarth. They are shot from 1967 to 1994 and are scanned at 1800 dpi and post-processed in PhotoShop CS5.

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You're landing, almost slap-bang, in the center of Helsinki [Helsingfors] - the capital of Finland [Suomi] - when arriving on the ferry from Stockholm. The Market Square Kauppatori [Salutorget] is bustling with activities, where vendors sell fresh Finnish food and souvenirs under the supervision of the Lutheran Cathedral.

The Cathedral was built between 1830 and 1852 and is the most prominent building in the Senate Square [Senatstorget/Senaatintori] - one of the main tourist attractions in Helsinki. It also houses one of the very few remaining statues of Czar Alexander II, as Finland was a part of Russia - as a Grand Duchy - until 1917. So naturally Helsinki also houses another cathedral, the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral.

This is where I was born in 1943, but as the war with the Soviet Union progressed many of the children were sent away Ė most of them to Sweden. Thatís how I came to Sweden, and after the war I was adopted and grew up in Kalmar on the east coast. But still with ferries and the brackish water of the Baltic Sea.

I later took a vow (to myself) to return to see the city - and my biological parents - before I was forty. Naturally, being the procrastinator I am, this was not to happen until the very last week. So this photo was shot only four days before my 40th birthday. I did not regret the journey, as I now look upon Helsinki as part of my roots.

And in Summer itís the most charming little metropolis...

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