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Stopping in Finland, briefly

The Helsinki airport has free WiFi. Finland – 1 America – 0.

Everything in this airport is made out of wood. The walls. The stall doors in the bathroom. The floor tiles. It gives off a nice vibe, sort of like walking into a mountain lodge. 

But more to the point, I’ve been realizing how many “firsts” today has brought:

  1. First time flying over a big body of water.
  2. First time on FinnAir (and on an Airbus A330)
  3. First time in Europe (and Finland, and soon to be – Russia).
  4. First time being anywhere where the native language isn’t English.
  5. And soon, it’ll be my first time going through customs. Russian customs, at that.

I’m sure I’m missing a few, but needless to say, I’m excited, and the adventure has only just begun. I’m hoping that the adrenaline from said adventurous feelings will carry me through the day. I’ve been up since 6:45 a.m., East Coast time on Thursday and it’s now about 9 a.m. here. I’m feeling it a bit. The plan is to run through to St. Petersburg, crash tonight, and instantly adjust to the time change. I’ll let you know how that goes.

The journey begins


My Day

I’m now in the killing time at JFK airport part. I’ve already eaten my $5 slice of pizza, so now I’m consuming $5 internet. 

There’s an 8 hour time difference between the East Coast and St. Petersburg, and a 7 hour difference between here and Helsinki. I’ll be entertaining myself on the 8+ hour flight with The Economist, Outside magazine, and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. And sleeping, hopefully.