Helsinki’s secret is that it’s easy to feel at home here. There is plenty to do each day, but my Helsinki means admiring the streets and buildings. I walk my favourite streets many times, and I find new ones. I take a deep breath by the sea and in the market place, I smile at the small doggies in their woollen coats and at the old ladies in their fine outfits. Helsinki is colourful, beautiful and above all: it is alive.