Win a weekend for two at Helsinki

Radisson Blue Quiz

Radisson Blue Quiz is a new competition which gives a chance to win some cool prizes. All you have to do is to visit the website, answer correctly to all three questions and you might be the lucky winner of a weekend stay for two or a giftcard (1,000 giftcards are offered: 860 worth €20, 120 worth €50 and 20 giftcards worth €100). Radisson Blue are giving away the weekend for two at one of their wonderful hotels in Milan, Madrid, Berlin, Helsinki or Hamburg. In order to participate in the competition you have to fulfil the eligibility criteria. More specifically, the participation is exclusively opened to persons who are domiciled in the European Union and who are at least 18 years old at the time of entering the contest. Simple as that!

I entered the competition having in mind to win a city break at Helsinki. I am interested in visiting this city since it is Finland's hub for cosmopolitan living and because it houses many of the country's landmarks like the Ateneum Art Museum, Temppeliaukio Church, Parliament of Finland or Helsinki Cathedral. As I read on the internet, the classical Helsinki's sights can be divided into an eclectic set of churches and a wide variety of museums. But what I want to see most is the Suomenlinna fortress. It was once the greatest sea fortress in the Baltic, built by the Swedish around 1750 in order to protect their eastern flank. Today, Suomenlinna is still living in its own time with only old buildings, few cars and inhabitants, and lots of old fortifications or catacombs. But it's not just a museum: the complex houses restaurants, cafes, and museums, being also a very popular place for picnics. It is so magnificent!

Hope to win the trip to Helsinki in order to have the opportunity to see these wonderful places. See you there!

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Boracay's White Beach

Boracay Island is located off the northwest corner of Panay Island, and belongs to the Western Visayas island-group, or Region VI, of the Philippines. In 1990, it was voted by the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook as one of the best beaches in the world and again in 1996 by British publication TV Quick as the world's number one tropical beach. In 2007, Boracay Island topped the list of the World’s Most Popular Beach according to Yahoo! Travel.

White Beach is the main tourist beach of the island. It is about four kilometers long and is lined with resorts, hotels, lodging houses, restaurants, and other related businesses. In the central portion, for about two kilometers, there is a footpath known as the Beachfront Path separating the beach itself from the establishments located along it. In the north and south of the Beachfront Path, beachfront establishments do literally front along the beach itself. Several roads and paths connect the Beachfront Path with Boracay's Main Road, a vehicular road which runs the length of the island. At the extreme northern end of White Beach, a footpath runs around the headland there and connects White Beach with Diniwid Beach.

Thai massage

Thai massage is a type of massage in Thai style that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai massage. It is known in Thailand as nuat phaen boran, which means literally: the ancient manner massage.

For the practicing of this type of massage, the client wears very comfortable clothes and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. It can be done solo or in a group of a dozen or so patients in the same large room. The receiver is sat into a lot of yoga like positions during the entire course of the massage.

The massage practitioner leans on the recipient's body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows the Sen lines on the body (somewhat like the meridians or channels in the Chinese medicine and Indian nadis). Legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action. A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body (it may include also pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and arching the recipient's into the so-called cobra position). There is a standard procedure and rhythm for this massage.