After countless grueling hours and three different
planes/airports, I am finally here. Barely coherent from lack of
sleep, but here nonetheless.
A few initial observations:
- Helsinki is beautiful, (or at least what I have seen of it thus
far). Very green, very clean, and very orderly.
- Thus far, at a quarter after 11 local time, (UTC+2), the Sun
has refused to set, (well, it is dusk, but it is dusk at eleven
o'clock for crying out loud). Obviously, I will not be observing my
usual 10 o'clock bedtime while I am here.
- Apparently, if you are both hard of hearing and sleep deprived,
you can actually begin to understand spoken German and Dutch, even
if you have never formally learned either languages. I'm more than
a little skeptical that what I think I am hearing actually matches
up to what folks are saying, but still ... it's kind of cool