While I only seldom remember the plots of my dreams, the settings stay roughly the same.
Like any true Finn, a big portion of my dreams are set to play at my summer cottage.
Those, however, would be impossible to explain, so I'll try to describe a recurring version of Helsinki instead.
Hakaniemi is weirdly both indoors and outdoors at the same time, as it has been engulfed by a giant glass dome. The south-most building has been replaced with a tall mall with glass elevators sticking out of the building. There is some kind of statue and stairs leading to the mall on the side of the building facing Hakaniementori. A part of Suomenlinna has been planted where the statue for world peace would usually lie. Hakaniementori itself has been raised tens of meters from the current tram tracks, spawning long stairs everywhere. There is a small amusement park inside the dome, with a ride similar to Linnanmäki's Kirnu starting between Ympyrätalo and Hakaniemi's post office.
Just like in real life, Hakaniemi is connected to Kruununhaka by two bridges: Pitkäsilta and Hakaniemen silta. Pitkäsilta is a much longer, grander version of itself. It has two smaller bridges going along both sides of it. Hakaniemen silta is a long, semi-gothic steel structure only looming in the horizon when observed from Pitkäsilta. Even though it only carries trains, undefined wooden structures along its supporting beams allow passage across by foot. Kaisaniemenlahti, the body of water under these two bridges, stretches on for kilometer after kilometer, surrounded by trees and boats.
Kruununhaka begins much further out than it does in real Helsinki. There is a short facade of buildings starting from Pitkäsilta, but beyond that there is a steep forest hill where Siltavuorenpenger would usually lie. Various church buildings spread out from the Helsinki Cathedral for a few blocks, creating a pyramid-esque structure with the Cathedral elevated at the centre. Kaisaniemen puisto is in a horrid, overgrown yet absolutely trashed condition. There is a shore where the train tracks from the central station should begin. The train station along with the rest of the Helsinki city centre still exist along that coast, but much further away.
Obviously none of this makes any sense and there are parts contradicting eachother. But hey, that's dreams in general.
- from a student