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Jun 6, 2013 - St. Petersburg

Trains have come a long way and so have we as we entered Russia today on a high speed train. The train goes 160 mph and rides very smoothly and quietly. It even had wi-fi so we were able to make a Skype call back to the states while on the train. At the Finland/Russia border customs agents checked our visas and passports but that was it. No big deal. Our hotel is a stately older and historic building that has been updated with modern conveniences. Our room has two large windows with window seats that looks over the Fandanka River. This is a...

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Jun 5, 2013 - Estonia to Helsinki

Leaving Tallinn today to return to Helsinki was sad. We very much enjoyed our time in this beautiful old and charming city. Every corner turned brought a picturesque scene to behold. Old town is a treasure. The ferry back was rowdy with hundreds of junior high school aged kids running around and cashing in their parents money for slot machine coins. Casinos are not limited to the over 18 year olds and the kids were having a blast. We arrived back in Helsinki and returned to our original hotel....the converted castle. We enjoyed a glass of...

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Jun 1, 2013 - Helsinki

Today was an explore Helsinki day. The city surpassed our expectations. It is architecturally interesting with old buildings mixed with ultra modern ones. Our hotel for example is a former castle built in the 1700's. Helsinki is a harbor city built up along the Baltic Sea. It was occupied for a time by Russia and was given it's name by a Russian Tzar. One of our visits today was to the Church on the Rock. it is a Russian Orthodox Church that sits high above the city. The interior is beautifully ornate with many pictures of the Holy Family...

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May 31, 2013 - Helsinki

Arrived in Helsinki this afternoon. It is always amazing to see and hear another language in print or being spoken. No clue as to what is going on here except that everyone speaks English......thank God. Our hotel is very modern although located in an old castle. The drive from the airport to the city city shows a modern and lively city. our first impressions were very positive and we look forward to exploring it tomorrow. Today we are low keyed and trying to adjust to the new time zone. We had a lovely typical Finnish meal tonight and are...

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May 21, 2013 - Day 13 - Helsinki tummy

With nothing to get up to, we sleep in late and whilst we don't miss the breakfast buffet, it is only about half an hour before it closes before we get there. And to my further disgust, no meatballs. Which is probably just as well, as I'm really not feeling well but rather quite hot and a little miserable. Rog agrees that my forehead is hot, and we go back to the room for a few hours to rest. Around 3 I'm feeling a little better and we go out for a bite to eat - Rog thinks Vapiano will cheer me up, which of course it does. He does however,...

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May 20, 2013 - Day 12 - On the move

A very early start today and no time for breakfast at the hotel which is a pity as this would be our last opportunity to see the Hungarian delegation and because the breakies here are a bit yummy although there are no meatballs. We must checkout of the hotel by 5.30am and having done so rush through the empty streets of Malmo towards the central train station. There is no queue for train tickets and the eateries aren't open nor is the artistic film along the rail lines switched on for the amusement of passengers. The place is only starting...

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May 20, 2013 - upper middle class

Sailing away from St. Petersburg was a real challenge for our captain. The Gulf of Helsinki is only 6 - 10 feet deep and we need at least 27. The Russians have dug a narrow channel just deep enough for the likes of us all the way into the harbor. Captains need to make reservations to come and go since we pretty much take up the whole shipping channel. No passing lanes. As we sailed we came very close to Kronstadt, one of those forbidden secret military locations that the Russians would leave off the map so no one would know they were...

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Oct 1, 2012 - Helsinki

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND In 1550, the Swedish King Gustav Vasa decided to develop a port town in order to complete with the Hanseatic port of Tallinn in what is now Estonia. He forced all the traders from neighbouring ports to Helsingfors (known to English speakers as Helsinki). The venture was not as successful as he had hoped it would be, and for the next 200 years the town on the rocky, windswept peninsula remained a backwater outpost. When the Russians threatened from the east, the city was burned to the ground in 1713 to prevent it from...

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Aug 1, 2012 - Helsinki, Finland

Comprised of 60,000 lakes and bordered by water and land. Finland's history has been largely affected by its neighbors; Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. Only independent since 1917, Finland had been ruled for hundreds of years by imperial powers. At the conclusion of the Great Northern War in the 18th century, Russia ceded part of the Finnish territory. Helsinki, located along the southern coast of Finland, makes up the most populated industrialized and richest part of the country. A city of a half...

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May 12, 2012 - Helsinki, Finland- Day 4

The PharmSCAN 'side-trip' to Tallin, Estonia today was cancelled due to high winds and rough seas. The hydrofoil (boat) wasn't able to 'sail'. Instead, we enjoyed some of the sights of Helsinki, including the zoo. It was a fun day. Look for a report and pictures later. ~SAN Today was our last day here in Finland, and we had planned an excursion to Tallinn, Estonia via a hydrofoil for the day to explore the city and experience one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. Unfortunately, nature decided not to cooperate, and due to strong winds and...

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May 11, 2012 - Helsinki - Day 3

Today was our second day of formal activities in Helsinki, and we continued to learn more about the Finnish pharmacy system. We met Reijo 'George' Kärkkäinen, who is the former CEO of the Association of Finnish pharmacies, and Professor Alan Lyles, a Fulbright scholar who was able to cover his history of traveling around the globe and undertaking many academic projects and cooperatives throughout the world of pharmacy.  We ate again at a small Finnish buffet which served a homemade Finnish ale, which was particularly interesting and...

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May 10, 2012 - Helsinki - Day 2

Today was the second day of the inaugural PharmSCAN trip. Yesterday, May 9th, the Orlando 5, the Gainesville 3, the St. Pete 3, and Dr. Normann all arrived in Helsinki, Finland, officially combining to form the PharmSCAN 12. We kicked off our trip by checking into the hotel and heading to an authentic Russian restaurant, Saslik, just in time for Ryan’s birthday. Russian influence is prevalent in Finland given the expansive border between the two countries. From the delectable bear meat to the Iron Sword of beef and lamb, every bit of food...

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