The Food Materials Science Research Group embarked on a refreshing summer recreational event. Turning the bustling streets of Helsinki into our playground, we delved into an exciting Foxtrail city adventure.
Under the sunny sky, we collected at Rautatientori on May 29, 2023, at 2 pm, brimming with enthusiasm for our urban quest. We split into four teams. Two teams took on the challenge of Route Sampo, where modernity meets history, while the other two teams chose Route Louhi, where the bustling city meets tranquility. Equipped with the instructions, we were prepared for the adventure ahead.
As we followed the trail, we discovered a different side of Helsinki. From modern and historical buildings to green parks and beautiful shores, each clue led us deeper into the heart of the city. We were amazed by the vibrant tulips blooming at the entrance of an ancient castle and a magnificent sailing ship gracing the port. The excitement grew with each puzzle we solved, and the satisfaction of unraveling each clue motivated us to keep going.
Of course, the trail had its challenges. Some clues puzzled us, while others took us on unexpected detours. With some luck, the fastest team reached the destination in just two hours, stumbling upon the correct path without finding all the clues. However, not all teams were as fortunate. One team struggled briefly with a clue and almost boarded a ship bound for Suomenlinna, a distant island location. But we persisted and overcame each obstacle.
Afterwards, we enjoyed a reinvigorating and delightful meal. The thrill of reaching milestones, combined with the breathtaking views, made the journey truly worthwhile.
Our city adventure in Helsinki was an unforgettable experience. It revealed the city’s hidden treasures and left us with lasting memories. Additionally, it brought us closer as a group. In moments of puzzlement, we gathered together, shared ideas, and contemplated the intricate clues. Some riddles tested our patience and challenged our collective intelligence, but we approached the journey as a team, celebrating each breakthrough. This collaborative spirit mirrored our approach to research problems, strengthening our bonds and creating unforgettable memories.