Lesson one…

Posted by jswt | Posted in Finland - Helsinki, General | Posted on 26-09-2009

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Got into Helsinki this afternoon rather beat down and battered, and opened the trip by almost knocking myself unconcious climbing into a VW shuttle.  The other passenger was a guy from the US, who had found the coolest retirement gig: once a month or so, he volunteers to be the transport for bone marrow. Once bone marrow’s been donated, it’s cheaper, faster and safter to just have someone courier it personally, and so he gets on a list or signs up for some trips, and gets randomly picked to fly somewhere with a suitcase o’ bone goo, drop it at a hotel, and then hang out there for a few days in a hotel they cover.  Hello awesome retirement gig!

Anyways, his instructions on how to find where the dropoff point was weren’t exactly… specific, so I got to tag along on a rather comedic version of the opposite of a heist film, while he was trying to translate vague nonspecifics through the driver who didn’t speak english, while we navigated Helskinki’s maze of road construction.

Once the bone marrow and the smiling American were dropped off, it was a simple pop over to the hotel, where I checked in and found myself unable to avoid the pull of the mmmmmmsoft bed with the mmmmmmsoft pillows and the mmmmmmmmsoft sweet beckon of silent slumber. But! Being the smart cookie that I pretend to be, I didn’t want to sleep halfway into the night and completely jack my sleep schedule, so I called the front desk for a wake up call…

JetSet Euro Lesson One: When making a wake up call in the EU, use the 24h clock. “Please call and wake me up at 4” doesn’t have the same effect as “wake me up at 1600h”

Woke up a little later than planned, but was perfect timing to meet up with the crew and head out to a lounge for some drinks, and then to “scandanavia’s biggest gay bar” named DTM (don’t tell momma) which was more of a mixed club with a few floors of varied tunes (ironic? Aqua – Barbie Girl back to back with Abba – Dancing Queen).  Revelry and mayhem ensued, late night kebab was slaughtered in offering to the gods of hangover prevention, and sleep was fallen deeply into.

A rather fine start to things…

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