Europeans are better than us.

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

0

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!

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Lesson one…

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

1

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…

While passing thru Frankfurt…

Posted by jswt | Posted in General | Posted on 25-09-2009

0

Currently sitting in the Frankfurt airport suffering from some sleep deprivation and disorientation at some time of day that resembles morningish… Killing time before I catch my next (and final) flight for the “day”.

Was weird getting ready to leave — I’ve been battling a serious mental block for weeks: some strange pull was resisting my departure.

But, when it boils down to it:
Cat? check.
Housesitter? check.
Everything housesitter needs? check.
Ability to work on the road? check.
Work stuff set up with 3 levels of fallback? check.

So… wtf? Why’s it so difficult for me to pull back and pop off? It’s been long while since I’ve gone away for a stretch like this, and I guess I’m in a very different place. The past couple years have really seen me nesting and locking into a routine, broken by fits of revelry and creativity, but overall, nothing terribly outside the norm. I’m hoping the mental block was just the weight of the dust that had piled on top of my unused variance and adventuresome spirit.

Did have an interesting encounter the day before I left… someone quite affectionately ingrained in my history wandered by, and as we had almost 5 years of catching up to do, we spent the better part of the day surfing waves of discourse. In the to and fro banter, it came apparent in my mind that the timing wasn’t coincidental, and that I was being offered a Catalyst reminding me that not everyone’s a dreamer, but of those dreamers, it’s the ones that can actually follow through that step up to their capabilities. Having big dreams is key, but staring down that path you’ll never start or get anything done — you need to define all the milestones to get to that dream, and then break those down into manageable tasks and just keep chewing through em until ya suddenly look back and it’s done.

Sleep deprived babbling ends here for now… off to catch my next flight.

Leaving… on a jet plane.

Posted by jswt | Posted in General | Posted on 23-09-2009

2

So tomorrow, I start my international jet set adventures.

My partner’s got a job travelling and I’ll be tagging along… we’ve been doing back and forth thru the states as he’s finished up his “asshole of america tour”, but now that they’re doing a eurpoean leg, visiting just got a little more serious.

Nervous. Excited.
An…tici…………….pation.

Now boarding…

Posted by jswt | Posted in General | Posted on 23-09-2009

0

Testing, testing… one two three.

Is this thing on?