This photo captures one of my fondest travel memories. It was taken last year on a trip to Helsinki when we were visiting Suomenlinna, the archipelago Army island just off the mainland which was once used as an 18th century fortress.
It was the middle of winter – definitely not tourist season in a city where minus 13 C is a mild day! We took the ferry over mid-afternoon and upon arrival we soon learnt that the whole island was virtually deserted…kind of like the Artic version of a tumbleweed that you imagine blowing through a small town somewhere in Texas, just like in the movies. After doing a few laps of the fortress walls and making snow angels, our mischievous streaks got the better of us and we decided it would be a great idea to borrow some bikes from a nearby rack and cruise around the island just as the first few flakes of afternoon snow started to fall.
Cycling in a snow storm is definitely harder than it looks – we had to contend with frost-bitten fingers, rusty wheels and quite a few near misses from the wheels getting caught in the deep snow, but we had such a blast gallivanting and giggling our way around our very own winter wonderland.
Every time I see this photo it reminds me of the spontaneity of travel and that you can make fun for yourself virtually anywhere – something that we all need to remember once in a while!