Someone was looking out for me

Trip Start Aug 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Finland  , Oulu,
Monday, November 16, 2009

I had a awesome time on the slopes over the 3 days and my snowboarding improved so much I was amazed myself!  It all finally clicked and I was eyeing up the black runs but knowing that I was going diving the next week I thought I better not get too cocky!
So I dropped all my gear off and headed back to the apartment for my last night.  Next thing I get 2 texts.  They were from Finnair to tell me my flights were cancelled due to the pilots strike.  Oh crap.  Every other time I've gone to Lapland I always wanted this to happen but this time I HAD to be back in London.  I had appointments and also boxes getting delivered and picked up before I left London for good!  Unfortunately only Finnair fly out of Kuusamo too!  After speaking to the hotel they suggested to get the 3hr bus to Oulu where I could probably fly out from.   I found a flight that went from Oulu to Helsinki, to Stockholm to London and got in 9.30pm Tuesday night.  Perfect!  I was a little worried as I only had a 35 turnaround in Helsinki... but that was to be the least of my worries.   I figured out I had to get the 9.20am bus to Oulu in the morning... and was told the night before it would go from Ruka.. BUT I ask the hotel in the morning where it goes from and she said Kuusamo... about 30 or 40km away! Holy Crap.... I grabbed the one taxi there and told him I had 20 mins to get there, so off we sped.   40euro later we arrived at the bus station just in time.  I jumped out and begged the bus driver to wait while I got a ticket... the taxi drove off... then I suddenly realised I had left a bag with my BRAND NEW laptop and leather jacket in... I cried...  What was I going to do.  I tried getting the hotel to put me thru to the taxi company but they didn't speak english.  The bus driver could see I was worried and I told him I had to get off.  He then asked if I used Ruka Taxis and I said yes.  He made a phone call but kept driving.   I thought I had lost them for good and 10 mins later his phone rings and then we ended up meeting the taxi with the bus and got my bag!! YAAAYYYY!  How nice was that!?   So I get to Oulu and make my way to the airport.  The flight is perfect and we get to Helsinki bang on time.  I go to find the gate and realise my next flight is delayed 1.5 hours..oh no!  Then I worked it out and realised that I would still make it... then it was delayed another 10 mins.... I spoke to SAS and they said there would still be a chance we can make it.  But by the time we boarded it was another 10 mins late.  In my mind I had missed the flight.   We landed in Stockholm and it was 15 mins before the next flight was due to leave.  Then 10 mins by the time I got off the plane.  I sprinted in my snow boots, thermals, heavy bag and all.  Sweat was pouring off me!   Got to immigration and it said Gate Closed!  I ran anyway, and lucky I did as they were standing there waiting for us!  (there were 3 of us!)  I couldnt believe it!  I was sure our bags would not make it and they bet us to it!  Wow.  Got back to London that night still in shock...  what a day.  Im sure I aged about 10 years but someone was definately watching out for me!
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