Archive for the ‘Finland’ Category

By the Numbers

A few numbers from the trip.
(The table formatting is off but I think you can figure it out.)

24 Days in travel status
21 Nights in hotels
7 Different hotels
24,896 Miles: Air miles flown (runway to runway)
24,901 Miles:

Earth’s circumference at the equator

14 Number of flights (different planes)
8 Different airports
7 PPTs given, written, or helped to write
3 Countries visited (spent over night – not just airport stops)
13 Geocaches found
2 Fish caught
77 Blog posts (including this one)
unknown Cups of coffee consumed

Finland Photos

A few select photos from Finland.  Lots more to add but here is a start:

Finn Fish

Even though I am sleep deprived and completely exhausted – it is hard to beat a day when you can hold a fish like this!  Ok, so maybe “technically” Juha caught the fish.  He may have cast the rod and set the hook but after he handed me the rod I reeled it close enough that he could net the pike and bring it in the boat.  That counts for something, right? ;-)

Finn Fish

Finn Fish

(Note:  I did actually catch a fish today but it was small and not photo worthy like the one above.)

I also extend my personal thanks to Juha and Hannah’s parents for a wonderfully generous day.  Just fantastic.  More details soon but for now I gotta rest.

Gone Fishin’

Lots of work to do (IUFRO and USFS) but I am gonna give it a rest for a day.  Gonna try to keep my fingers off the keyboard and take a personal day.

Next stop:  Loviisa!

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing

South Facing Window

Ummm…..  Does everyone know that south facing windows in Helsinki can give you a warm room?  really warm.  I mean REALLY Warm!

The new hotel room is nice and I have my own private Sauna at no extra charge!

Room View

Room View

Hotel Finn

Hotel Finn

Thursday = Moving Day

Wednesday was great.  I did a few hours of work at Metla and then spent time with Juha, Tommi, and Elania (sp?) having a great meal and seeing some of the sights around Helsinki.  Apparently Eero has several nice houses, boats, and an airplane.  At least that is what I was told – who am I to say different? ;-)

Lots of good photos to post but that will have to wait for later in the day.  At the moment I am trying to pack and prepare to move to a new hotel in the downtown area.  The airport hilton is great but not much interesting in the walking neighborhood.

More updates and photos later in the day.  Hopefully.

Three Words

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Three words to describe Finland:

If you don’t know these words, click on the link and read about ‘em.

Someday the Finns may add Linux to their list but perhaps it is a little early to add this word describing a project from a guy who attended the University of Helsinki the the 1990s.  Maybe someday.

Tough Night, Better Day

Just a quick whine about how sick I was on Monday night / Tuesday morning.  geeze….  it was awful….  I gotta get a better handle on taking care of myself when I travel.  Slow down on the work or something.

Although I would have taken a sick day if I was home in NC, at least today I fell better.  Not 100% but still I am better.

We (Juha, Tommi, and Helena) got some work done at Metla and we’ll pick up on the reamining tasks in the morning.

Time to spend some quality time with the pillow….

Juha Buys A Bike

Juha and his New Bike

Juha and his New Bike

Monday was a tough day.  Just felt bad all day….. cold/sinus infection/fever…   blah…..

I probably would not have left the hotel but Juha contacted me and asked if I wanted to ride with him to Porvoo to buy a bicycle.  This seemed like a good idea and I needed to get outdoors.  I am not sure if others needed to be around me but I think most people could take one look at me and know to keep their distance. ;-)

In Provoo Juha bought a Finnish Army bicycle (very cool) and then we went into town to see some of the sights around the 700 year old city.