Its been a hard days night....
Trip Start Jun 28, 2012
14Trip End Aug 05, 2012
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Where I stayed
Gym floor, Turku School
Strangely enough I had some of the best nights sleep I have had all trip...
Sleeping on a wooden gym floor with a 5mm foam (if you can call it that) mattress. In a room full of girls although only about half are here who will be here for the duration.
I was one of the first to arrive on Thursday and I found my place, a quietish area right next to a powerpoint and next to a group of four girls and we use benches and chairs to mark our territory, kinda like the old forts you created as a kid but without the blankets.
I head into town to get my bearings, go to the local Tourist Info find numbers for horseriding and find out that the local library has free internet access..
I also worked out I am stuck in Turku for one night with no accommodation, illogical Penny says sleep at the airport, now having arrived at the airport and finding out it closes between 2am and 5am I decide to walk to the Youth hostel I have booked for 2 nights and see if they can squeeze me in there, or if not, what the kitchen, laundry or front door step look like to sleep on. Thankfully they can fit me in.
The festival doesn's start until 2pm, but goes till 1am tonight, the only band I really want to see is The Rasmus... You might know them from such hits as
- In the shadows
- No fear
- First day of my life
but my favourite is 'Bittersweet' Lauri Ylonen lead singer The Rasmus duet with Ville Valo from Him with APOCALYPTICA!!!!!
Its a rather warm day, so I put on my sunscreen and walking shoes (Thank you K-mart $4 canvas runners) and head to the bus station. The bus takes you out to NEAR the venue, no, not at the gates, but this desolate car park, from there you walk... and walk.... and walk. I kid you not its a 5km hike, as you walk I begin to notice the Finns do indeed love their alcohol. There are little parties happening the whole way along.
I am frisked at the gate for contraband, but when I get inside realise how much alcohol is actually smuggled in. Finnish girls don't seem all that friendly but contantly strike up conversations with guys, seems like they need ways to open their illegally smuggled in bootleg alcohol and someone to taste test it for them. Friday I do not buy a single drink, there is no need to, but I am sensible enough not to drink too much, it is a 5km hike back afterall and it will be Finland dark with lots of drunk people.
The venue is huge, with 4 big stages but easy enough to walk around, like most festivals there are not nearly enough toilets by half. I bought my own kleenex wet wipes with me from home which prove to be useful on more than one occasion.
First band I see are the Rival Sons, they kind of sound like the Black Crows they are on early in the day and do a pretty good set. Next I go for a walk and see a Finnish band called Moustache who's broken english lyrics I find quite amusing to say the least. My favourite being:
I love you, I hate you, I wanna double date you...
I then watch a bit of Flogging Molly a crazy Irish/American punk exploision who the Finns absolutely love. After sampling some of the Nordic delacacies and bootleg alcohol its around 10.30pm so I decide to call it a night, it is an hour trek back to the bus stop as it is, and then not to forget the 20 minute bus ride, followed by another 30 minute walk back to my gym floor, luckily I have my walking shoes on.
Sleep comes easily and I wake again around 10am with minimal distruptions apart from the fact I am using rolled up clothes as a pillow and I have earplugs and an eyemask, slightly unglamourous but the sleep of the exhausted... Bring on Saturday I have been waiting ages...
Wish you were here..