The Sorry State of the Mastodon Part III

Floor four of the massive abandoned tuberculosis sanatorium. One more look towards the yard and the main entrance and the wing. I don’t know what the wing housed, as we never entered that part of the building. We thought that this would be a good floor to start exploring deeper into the long part ofContinue reading “The Sorry State of the Mastodon Part III”

The Sorry State of the Mastodon Part II

The door was indeed ajar. It led to a very dark basement, which could best be described as being a maze. We went through it carefully using our phones and flashlights, but the trek did remind me of why I usually never enter basements when being in abandoned buildings. The first staircase we found wasContinue reading “The Sorry State of the Mastodon Part II”

The Sorry State of the Mastodon Part I

The final location of our midsummer tour was perhaps the largest, most beautiful and saddest abandoned building in Finland ever. It was a large tuberculosis sanatorium located in a beautiful cape near a large lake. It was around a hundred metres long, nine storeys high and built in a wonderful 1930’s functionalistic style. It isContinue reading “The Sorry State of the Mastodon Part I”

Smells Like Egg Farts

Our Midsummer tour continued further down the dirt roads near the Russian border. We found a bigger road, but again my friend ordered me to leave it for narrower gravel paths. Suddenly there was a gate blocking the road, and we had to continue by foot. Parking was an issue, however, as there were atContinue reading “Smells Like Egg Farts”

Rust in Peace

Our journey on the border between Finland and Russia continued to smaller and smaller dirt roads. My friend acting as the guide said, he knew another location, which might be interesting. He said it was a bit difficult to spot, so he told me to slow down while he was keeping an eye on theContinue reading “Rust in Peace”

The Trapped Village

Let the sign speak for itself: As you can see, we are in a small village between Finland and Russia. In the 1850’s it was situated on the shores of a large lake and otherwise surrounded by fields. First they built a channel, not a very large one, but important for the economy. It ranContinue reading “The Trapped Village”

The Final Disposal for the Unwanted

My midsummer tour had now advanced to my destination, a town, the name of which I won’t disclose here. I spent the midsummer night grilling, chilling and in the sauna with friends, we even did some midsummer spells and went to the karaoke. We had a great time. I was up early the following day,Continue reading “The Final Disposal for the Unwanted”

Children Are Healthy When They Play Part IV

The castle had really been popular among painters. The world at the top was especially bright and featured rather large pieces. The light to the castle came via four small windows on top of the tower. And the place looked much smaller from here than from ground level. Originally the castle was called the SleepingContinue reading “Children Are Healthy When They Play Part IV”

Children Are Healthy When They Play Part III

The main attraction was indeed a castle. And like the kiosk featured in an earlier post, this one was also made of real stone. The castle had attracted all kinds of visitors, some of which hadn’t been nearly as kind as we were. It had definitely seen better days. I don’t know, who’s behind these,Continue reading “Children Are Healthy When They Play Part III”

Children Are Healthy When They Play Part II

This had been one of the main attractions, the home of Hilarius Hiiri (Hilarius the Mouse). He was a fictional character developed to teach children good Christian values like respecting other people. He moved away five years before the park’s closure. The park was located in a very strange corner of wasteland between tower blocks,Continue reading “Children Are Healthy When They Play Part II”