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Once a year, Ben and Jerry’s gives away ice cream at its scoop shops free.

fcdheader2TODAY’S THE DAY!

In the U.S. and Canada, find your nearest scoop shop here.

Overseas, give one of these two links a try:  1, 2.  (You’ve got a chance if you’re in Aruba, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, or the UK.)

Enjoy!

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Map of FinlandThis City Tips on Helsinki, a reader request, will be the first in a series of posts with no-budget tips for specific destinations. Leave your requests for further posts in the comments, and please add any overlooked tips for each city as well!

Finland borders Russia, Norway and Sweden and forms the scrotum of the Scandinavian phallus. Helsinki, the yellow dot in the map at left, was the most expensive city I’d visited till I flew from there to Reykjavik in 2006. (Iceland has a way of putting spending in perspective.)

The downtown area, between the port, railway and bus stations, is dominated by what Wikipedia tells me is well-preserved Functionalist architecture, which gives the inner city a definite 1920s-30s vibe (after having been there, I’m not certain what the band “Architecture in Helsinki” was trying to express by naming their band as such).

I’ll let your guidebook convince you why to go there and what to see. Heck, if you found this post, you’ve probably already decided to go. Instead, I’ll focus on the nitty-gritty, oft overlooked advice only one cheap-o can provide another.

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