A day in Hyvinkää

When I visit another country I always fervently hope that it has a railway museum. Often it is the national railway system in that particular country which runs such a museum. For example the German railway system operator Deutsche Bahn has such a museum next to the central train station in Nürnberg. It is well […]

Trams and such: A trip on HSL

HSL (Helsingin seudun liikenne) is the regional transportation authority for Greater Helsinki responsible for all tram, subway (underground), commuter rail, bus, ferry and bike share services. Interestingly enough HSL does not own any rolling stock, but uses third party contractors to accomplish the day to day operation of the system. For example the tram system […]

An incredible language and our trip to Suomi.

Finnish that is. Anybody who thinks German is a difficult tongue to learn, ought to try their luck at Finnish. Finnish is reportedly quite a logical language, but the logic of 15 cases escapes me. I had a hard enough time in my youth dealing with only the four cases in my native German. I […]

Ag taisteal in Éirinn ag Traenach Part 2

In yesterday’s blog entry I made reference to my changing the blog platform from Squarespace to WordPress.com There had been some minor hiccups, mostly due to my lack of computer savvy. Now however, it seems that things are coming along nicely with the new platform. I am no longer concerned about Pat’s Irish travel essay […]

Ag taisteal in Éirinn ag Traenach

Well, that got your attention, didn’t it? Let me explain. One of our neighbors just recently embarked on a trip to Ireland. Like everybody around our neighborhood, she is well aware of my fascination with railroads. She even brings a cake in the shape of a train to our block party! Now that is neighborly! […]