Sanomatalo, the glass-covered modern building right next to the Kiasma Museum of Modern Art is where a lot of journalists work. The building, which symbolizes ‘transparency’, is home to many a publication’s editorial team.
After work these people like to hang out at Painobaari (Print Bar). It is both conveniently close to them (literally two steps out the front door) and hidden between the two buildings I mentioned earlier. A lot of my friends are journalists and I do some freelance work myself. They – I don’t of course – like to see themselves as discreet and even secretive people. Ha! Haha!
What they really are, is a bunch of gossips and a curious lot of individuals always-always willing to engage in a fiery argument on something – anything really. Let them lead. Let them be right. Let them enlighten you, and you’ll have a good time. Can’t have it all. They are, for what it’s worth, jolly good drinks-men and -women, though.
Last time there, I met an Iraqi writer, two Finnish novelists, a well-known sports journalist, another famous politics journalist and we all ended up eating disgusting pizza and singing karaoke until 03:00 somewhere, anywhere, nearby.