|Travel north out of Helsinki is via fast, smooth, comfy electrified passenger service|
|Soon you are passing castles|
|and archytypal Finnish countryside with neat red farm buildings, lush fields, and green forests.|
|Seinioki is a spic and span modern city about the size of Galesburg, IL|
The town center is literally closed off to make room in the streets for various booths, open air bars, rock music venues, and semi-carnival attractions. The main singing contest is sort of like American Idol for the geriatric set and is nationally televised.
|Some Tangoers dress in national costume; others prefer spikey colored hair and jeans.|
|The streets are lined with craft booths and food stalls|
|For the truly daring there was even a hoist into the sky and a bungi jump.|
|Their Prisma supermaket puts a Super Target to shame|
|Aisles are wide and they sell everything from candy to stoves and refrigerators.|
|Restaurants can serve local gourmet fare|
|or the best of Americana.|
The most impressive sight in town is the slim and striking bell tower designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.