A Quiet End to a Loud Sixteen Months
Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
13Trip End Aug 2008
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Arriving on a Saturday morning I was surprised to find Helsinki's centre in quite a mess. It resembled a pavement outside a chippy after all the pubs had closed, the paving was littered with beer bottles and McDonalds amongst others. Two dodgy African fellas came up asking for cigarettes. I expected a spick and span northern European capital. That was to show its face later in the day when the dregs of a Friday night had been seen to by street cleaners.
Helsinki is the quietest capital I have been to
I was taking a 110 Euro Ryanair flight to London from Tampere, a few hours north of Helsinki. It was my first flight since Xiamen, China. I was proud to have achieved such a long journey without flying. On the coach north to Tampere I sat on my own, musing and mulling over returning home. A life of constant daily change; of new places, new conversations, new ways, new tests and new people was over. I tried to focus on something but focused on nothing at all. I helped a lady with her bag on the plane. She was ungrateful and I became irritated. Stanstead airport floor saw little sleep from me before I boarded the 6:10am, 45 minute flight to Glasgow.