Quick post, but I wanted to share some photos from this weekend's Solstice. As promised, Sunday was one ridiculously long day. The sun set at 10:50pm, although it was light well past midnight. Rumor has it, dawn came at 3:55am. I think Jason and I ate 5 or 6 meals that day, our bodies were so confused.
Here's a shot at one of the main city centers. The "0.15" on the building is actually the time—12:15am. Hard to believe.
We had heard that many Finns retreat to their summer cottages for the weekend—turns out the entire city evacuates come Thursday afternoon, and almost everything closes (including restaurants, movie theaters and museums ... we were screwed). We spent a good portion of the weekend reading in the park, and arguing over whether the new ice cream we discovered is or isn't better than our favorite back at home (it is).
The modern art museum was open on Sunday, so we revisited to see their new exhibit—Horror vacui. Generally not my strength, horror. Or vacui, for that matter. It turned out to be a really cool exhibit, my favorite piece shown below. It's kind of a whale/monster built out of an old boat and a bunch of pipe organ pieces. When it's turned on, it actually rears its big monster head, lights flash, and as it comes back down, it blows air through the pipes like a giant accordion. It also has cool "legs" that wave around as it deflates.
Another exhibit by the same artist, Markus Copper, involved a bunch of old deep sea diver costumes hanging in a tight room, connected to lights and hydraulics. They were holding big wrenches. Or maybe wooden crosses and human heads, I don't remember. I screamed, very loudly, and ran out of the room when an arm spasm from one of the far suits caught me off guard. Jason showed his support by laughing hysterically and taking lots of photos.