Turku and a wonderful week off in Amsterdam + Berlin

Posted by jswt | Posted in Finland - Turku, Germany - Berlin, Netherlands - Amsterdam | Posted on 30-03-2013


I’ve been neglectful in keeping this updated, but it’s been an interesting and busy few weeks: One week in Turku, Finland and then a week off on holidays where we bounced around Amsterdam and Berlin.
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When ABBA attacks…

Posted by jswt | Posted in Finland - Turku, General | Posted on 03-10-2009


So last night we got back to the hotel around 11 and decided a glass of wine was called for. We’ve been here almost a week, and since we have a rule to try and avoid hotel restaurants/lobbies and see the city, we’d failed to realize that we’re staying on top of a labyrinth of an entertainment district. It’s seriously a cruise ship buried under the hotel. Endless bars, pubs, restaurants, a nightclub that leads into another bar, and even a full on casino we didn’t know was here.

We settled into the first lounge with our glasses of red, and ran into a couple of Chris’ coworkers. It was mere moments thereafter that we were descended upon by a dozen blonde, blue eyed Swedish and Finnish girls that were so perfectly aryan dream that I felt we were under sexbomb attack from Hitler’s Harem. The four of us were each matched up with 3-4 blonde vixens who were fantastically vapid, and hornyagressive enough that they wouldn’t stop buying us drinks… Of course, in my duty of getting the guys we were with laid by Abba clones, I was more than happy to play the role of flirtatious wingman (and maybe flirting with the open tab had something to do with it too – heh).

Of course, straight men don’t dance, so when we all ended up in one of the nightclubs, I was sacrificed as the designated dancer. Music was good, club was packed, but after a few drinks and a couple remixes of Sexy Back, I was surrounded by a sea of blonde sharks. Scandinavian women are rather agressive and forward, and one after another I was being savaged on the dancefloor, and ground up against to the point that I’m going to have to find a dry cleaner to wash them off of my jeans.

It took a few tries, but the Russ Meyer’s casting call finally let me go to chat up my friends, and I decided it was time to escape while I still had my decency (and relative sobriety) intact. The guys we were with were still surrounded by their own blonde clusters, so we bid them farewell and crashed out around 2.

It does strange things to your dreams to be woken up at 9am to an Oom-pah-pah band playing in the square across the street, but that left enough time for breakfast and this post before heading off to the venue for double shows today.

And maybe even time to find a laundromat…

Helsinki -> Turku

Posted by jswt | Posted in Finland - Turku, General | Posted on 27-09-2009


Last night was the 4yr anniversary of when my partner and I met (different than when we started dating, which we count as our actual anniversary), and since it was our last night in Helsinki we went out on the town to check out a few things…

First, we went to what might have been my favorite thing in Helsinki – the Yrjönkatu Indoor Swimming Pool. It’s this beautiful turn of the century indoor pool that’s seriously old and classy with marble arches and tiled floors. We paid the extra for the upstairs floor which gets you a cabana thing (with your own balcony and table overlooking the pool area) and access to the steam baths and the authentic wood sauna. Saunas are a serious part of the culture here, and there were families and groups of friends hanging out as a kickoff to their Saturday evening. It was rediculously civilized to be able to hang out and get served a beer at the f’n pool.

We went for dinner at a really nice multifloor place with a restaurant on top, then out for some sleazyfun clubbing, and while Paul van Dyk held appeal, we headed home for an early night.

It’s transfer day for my partner, so after a nice breakfast, I caught a train to Turku, Finland with the cutest little brazillian girl who’s suitcase was bigger and heavier than she was. Checked into the hotel, and walked around a bit to get a feel for the area… Definately different than Helsinki (less eastern euopean feeling, but not as much flash and cash)… Our hotel is right on the main square, and it’s cool to look out and see a living city.

Gonna just take it easy this evening… Jet lag is still kicking my ass really bad. I keep waking up at 4am and can’t get back to sleep, so I haven’t really slept more than a few hours since I got here. Think it’s gonna break today tho, since I’m battling to stay away in a big way… fingers crossed.