First day in Helsinki

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Jere and Arja's house

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

When we arrived in Helsinki, Finland Steve and I were extremely tired!
When we were flying from New York to Iceland, we were flying towards the
sunlight. Therefore, we only received one hour of night from 11-12 am.
So at midnight the sun came out again to wake us up lol Needless to say
we experienced some serious jetlag. Nevertheless we managed to gather as
much of our remaining wits and began figuring out how to get to our
first hosts' house. The airport was really nice; lots of English signs,
lots of large windows to let in the sunlight and various pieces of
modern art sculptures. We paid 5.90 Euros to take an express bus towards
our next destination only to find out that it passes it. We arrived at
Rautatientori, which is one of their major bus stations downtown and
spent the next half an hour trying to figure out what to do or where to
go next. Their language is pretty cool, but difficult to decipher. Not
similar to English or french at all lol We have come to the conclusion
that Finish people really like to use the letter K, I, J and lots of
double dot things. Oh, and the reason why their words are so long
(averaging at about 13-16 letts a word!) is because they take several
different words or meanings and mush them together to create one word or
thought. So most of their road names say katu at the end of it because
that means road. This can make it a little difficult to determine where
you are when you are riding a bus and trying to figure out which stop
you are supposed to get off of. How can you process a 16 letter word in a
different language that all looks the same in a blink of an eye! So
much fun :)

We ended up walking haha We figured "Its only 5 Km".
What it ended up being is 5 Km in 30 degree weather all uphill with no
water, 30 lbs hiking bags while our GPS was dying. Challenging, but
still fun. When we arrived we were a little bit more than relieved. We
got off the plane at about 2:30 or 3 (Finland time) and didn't arrive at
our hosts' house until 6 pm! lol

The rest of our night was
spent getting to know each other and eating risotto. Jere and Arja just
got back from backpacking EU for 3 weeks and shared their experiences
with us. The sun doesn't set until 11pm here, so time flew by and before
you knew it we were all very tired and ready for bed. I don't think
that I need to mention that Steve and I fell asleep immediately!
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sherylannbinx
sherylannbinx on

OMG, double rainbow...what does it mean? It's just too much...a double rainbow right in my back yard....er..sorry...Helsinki Finland...what does it mean??? LOL
Gotta love it though...the pics are great.....love you hun....Mom xoxoxoxoxoxoox

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