The First Invasion of Finland

Trip Start Aug 22, 2007
Trip End Nov 16, 2007

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hello has been about a week since my travels began and it has already been quite the adventure.  First of all, after a total of something like 15 hours of layovers and approximately 16 hours of flying, it has been quite the journey. Helsinki is a very cool city that has a feel that reminds you of Russia.  Everything here is super expensive and they aren't afraid to pay a premium for anything that is very well designed. It is very ironic that they appreciate good design so much that they have leather couches in a loft at McDonalds, but their streets are very dirty and filled with trash and broken bottles. During the day, we have been walking all over the place learning about the area and its architecture and during the night we have been learning about the people, their culture, and their beer.   The beer here is nothing to rave about and I would say that we have much better beer in the states.  The food here is also pretty expensive except for the kebab shops that apparently are all over Europe.  They make all sorts of interesting concoctions...some that are savory and some that are like a baby crapped all over your plate.  The whole thin crust pizza for 5 euros is the place to go.  The locals here are very friendly once you can get them talking.  They love Americans and naturally hate our politics.  A conversation during the evening will inevitably turn to our politics at some point in time, but normally ends peacefully and with an evening of normal conversation.     It is true that there are very few fat people here and they are main quite beautiful.  Friendly, fit, and beautiful...what more could you ask for?  Well for now...I'm sick of typing and I need to prepare for the evening's stay tuned for more updates of the progress of the invasion!  Hopefully, they will be a little more frequent.
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