A cluster o’ Eurotrippins

Posted by jswt | Posted in Denmark - Copenhagen, Finland - Helsinki, Norway - Oslo, Sweden - Stockholm | Posted on 22-03-2013


So I’m currently in Finland on a train from Helsinki to Turku, and I’m realizing that I’ve been horrendously neglectful in keeping my posts up to date, so this is going to be a quick run-through of the cities we’ve been visiting in the past 5 weeks: Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki.
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Helsinki -> Oslo

Posted by jswt | Posted in Finland - Helsinki, General, Norway - Oslo | Posted on 04-10-2009


Sitting at the Helsinki airport waiting for a plane to Oslo. Took until yesterday for us to realize that though Norway is in Europe, it’s not part of the European Union. Knowing is half the battle (and luckily not requiring and special visas is the other).

Standard issue Saturday for the most part – we both worked all day, packed and chilled out at night… I guess “weekends” are sorta variant when you’re organizing a schedule around the requirements of the entertainment industry. We’re both going to have Mon/Tues off (a midweek weekend!) to explore Oslo and settle in, so that should be interesting.

Feeling a little homesick today, as my trips are usually one week long and my brain’s already heading back to my bed at home, while my body’s headed to the land of Vikings… Sure it’ll change as soon as I get on this flight, and of course once I get home I’ll be bored and itchin to pop back out, but right now I miss my cat 😛

Europeans are better than us.

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


It may have been because it was a Saturday…
It may have been because it’s the tail end of indian summer here in Helsinki with unexpected blue skies and sun shining…
It may have been the sleep deprivation…
It may have just been the novelty curve…

But, gal-dangit, Europeans are better than us.

They appreciate the unique vs. the mass manufactured.
The food is fantastic.
You can walk/bike to everything.
There’s public transit available anytime, anywhere (that doesn’t just look like an aquarium for poor people)
They make time for taking time out (Sitting at a cafe is a spectator sport)
Comparitavely, we dress in metaphorical hand-me-downs from the special needs thrift store.

Sorry North America, but today’s pseudo scientific study has them winning.

Please feel free to comment to this and let me know anything superultra awesome that I might have forgotten about NA that will redeem us in the rankings!

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Lesson one…

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


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…