A lazy day & a dull match

Trip Start Aug 23, 2009
Trip End Sep 02, 2009

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hey, just a quickie tonight.

Last night it was tipping it down when we walked home from the Sports Academy bar. We had hoods on our coats, but we didn't use them. We had waterproof caps in our bag, we didn't wear them. We weren't as wet as you'd expect when we got back to the apartment. Thought I'd share.

The Finns are weird. In the zoo they have swans and hedgehogs. It's illegal to let cats wander around the street on their own, you have to walk them with a lead on, as you would a dog. (Okay, so walking a cat isn't all that weird, I've done it myself, but making it illegal to have unchaperoned cats on the street, that's weird.) All the doors open the wrong way, so when you're walking down a street not only do you have to watch out for people and the cycle path (where the bikes go potentially lethally fast sometimes) you've also got to keep an eye on the doors. The windows all open inwards.

Today was a quiet day. We had an impromptu lie-in, followed by a lazy morning in the apartment. After lunch we finally went out with the plan of walking through the parks to the Helsinki stadium to watch the France Norway game. Well, as ever, our plans didn't quite work out, so we got ourselves a takeaway coffee and bought cake from the S Market (there are some things you just have to have - I think I'm going to get 11am coffee and cake withdrawal symptoms back home!) and caught the tram up to the stadium. We met up with the Carneys, Mike, the litter, Rebecca and Jo outside the stand. Bernie, Steve and Tim arrived shortly after kick off. Bernie and Tim missed the first goal, and Steve missed both goals. That's about as exciting as the game got. The last half hour might as well not have been played. But, hey, some countries are happy with that kind of football. I prefer mine with a little bit of danger and hard work for your heart!

And that's about all we've done today! After the game we walked back to our apartment via the parks and a supermarket (needed to buy cake for tomorrow's coach journey!). We had thought about heading out for a few drinks with the gang this evening, but have plumped for a quiet night in to prepare for the game tomorrow so we can head straight out in the morning and get a spot of sightseeing in before the couple of hours on the coach.

Talking about tomorrow's match, Steve's done his maths. If we win by 5 goals or more we'll win our group (and not meet Germany in the quarter-finals), if we win by less than that we'll come second (and meet Germany in the quarters), if we draw I think he said it depends on the other game's result as to whether we come second or third, if we lose by no more than 1 goal we'll get third place. If we lose by more than 1 goal the team go home early.

That's your lot for tonight. No blog tomorrow, so will bring you up to date on Tuesday.

Big love
Sam & Lisa x
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