Acting as a Receptionist
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Hello, how can I help you?

Good evening.

Good evening. Welcome to the Hotel Fun. How can I help you?

I have a reservation. I would like to get a non-smoking room with a garden view.

No problem (smile). Just a moment…

Would you like to stay in the Hotel Fun? Do you think that staff members are professional? Would you expect such treatment in a hostel as well? Or from your Airbnb host (smile)?

This is the Hotel & Restaurant MuseumΒ in Helsinki, and a lot of fun. The reception desk is not something typical for museums. No fences, no “don’t touch” signs. You can go behind the desk and act as a receptionist. Someone can take photos of you, the way we did.

This is my sister, one of the travel team members. She has actually worked as a receptionist, so it wasn’t hard for her to look like a “real one”.

In the Hotel and Restaurant Museum Helsinki Finland Museums are Fun.

Can you remember any similar example of museum games and acting? Let me know πŸ™‚

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A beautiful Salmon
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Rivers full of Salmons

Some rivers of Lapland are full of salmons. I’m not going to say a lot of things about this fish species, I’ll just tell an interesting little story. As salmon is a popular food and sportfish, many tourists in Lapland and Finnmark (the northernmost region of Norway) are interested in catching salmon from those rivers. Only licensed fishermen can do it, but there is a possibility to hire such a fisherman as an assistant. So, that’s a good business in the lands of Sami.

Reindeers and… salmons.

I don’t even need to repeat that typical local food of Lapland are reindeers and salmons. If you have never imagined to try it, while travelling around here you will.

The local Museum of Sami Culture (SIIDA) has a lot of fun exhibits so you can get a lot idea about local way of life. The whole design is creative and modern, and the Museum is fairly small. You’ll enjoy it, not more than a real life experience with real Sami people, but at least a little bit.

A beautiful Salmon
This salmon has just been captured… πŸ™‚

The picture above looks like a real photo, taken on a traditional river fishing boat, when a giant salmon has just been captured. However, this is in a museum. Here you can figure out how big is a salmon – have you ever seen an entire salmon in a supermarket, or on a fish market? Let me know if you did πŸ™‚

Salmon in a Museum
…nside the Sami Culture Museum πŸ™‚

A full size fishing boat is situated right along the entrance to the exhibition space, and you’ll walk some meters alongside.

The salmon might be artificial, but this snow isn’t. It’s a real snow. These items are not for sale. They are exhibited as little pieces of the Sami folklore.

The real snow

Have you read about the other 5, amongst 6 Amazing Discoveries in Finland?

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Music!

Our trip to Finland was fairly musical; in the very first day we visited the National Museum of Finland where a temporary exhibition about a famous composer was on. Music is an important part of every culture and folclore. In Inari, where we visited a Sami family and a reindeer farm, we had quite a complete experience. After a reindeer ride, we went into a typical cabin and listened to the live music, performed by the family members.

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