i think maybe it's a better post because of its abrupt ending.
i'm gonna summarize most of the journey here all at once, because honestly, separation of days becomes kinda silly when you travel piecemeal from -8 to +2, timezone-wise, without regular sleep. on my third flight, Chicago to Helsinki, the sun went down for like... two minutes, tops. who even knows. can anyone even?
overall it was great. my top regret is that i worried too much. people were helpful, 'sleeping' in LAX was about like i thought it would be (bearable), and even if i enumerated and valuated each and every frustration, their sum wouldn't outweigh the joy of a new experience.
if you want first-timer travel tips, by all means ask me. i'll include just this #1 tip on my blog post: hakuna matata. do be strategic and aware at all times; don't fret, stress, or gnaw at things that would be better handled with simple patience and mindfulness.
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i have no idea how, but i slept so well on the last leg of the journey. landed in Helsinki around 8:45a, and immediately began my hunt for the Aspire Lounge. i'd purchased entry sing my iPhone during the flight, because it's a tad cheaper that way. still expensive but whatever; i needed that shower (which was an additional fee of €10), desperately. it's really a public service (me showering, not the lounge's shower).
wow. heavenly. you know those showers you take after a week or two of volunteering at a summer camp, or on short-term missions? yup. except this one was swankier than any shower i've ever had at home, dad's skill & creativity in the home improvement department notwithstanding. they even had recordings of forest birds playing. this wasn't your stall-at-the-gym shower. sliding frosted-glass door and fancy shampoos etc., lots of space (nice for those of us who move around a lot)... it was posh.
enough about the shower. i had a couple hours, so i took my time. the flight from there into Tallinn was my favourite, because of the scenery. it felt like Hollywood. unbedary.
"isaiah, this post needs more description."
agreed. i suck at that. so, i'll have Brandylion handle that action whenever he gets around to traveling the world. his personality type is perf for that type of thing.
the hostel (which was paid for by neither myself nor my friends here, strangely and awesomely) is possessed of a high quantity of swank as well. the sheets took some figuring out (i've always been a 4-pillow & two-blanket guy) but that's what you get for crossing half the world. the window is hinged at the bottom and opens only a couple inche- oops, centimeters, which scared me at first because i thought i'd broken it. if you ask for water (which you must, since drinking fountains are nowhere to be seen since Helsinki), they'll give you carbonated water instead of regular... unless you specifically ask for "still water."
oh, also: i checked my bank account to see if my direct deposit from work came in (which it does weekly). it did... plus an extra 40 hours' worth. total 80 hours. i e-mailed my boss immediately. no response yet... probably because it was 6a PST when i sent the e-mail, and she doesn't get in until around 8a. time really is relative! #science
i said earlier that Brandon rocks at describing things, and i do not. it's because i focus on feelings and impressions instead. my feelings so far: 1) i'm super hyped but i know that as soon as i get horizontal, my spirit will leave my body, probably for a minimum of five full sleep cycles; 2) nothing can bring me down, because i've been waiting for this trip for years, and working toward it actively for many months; and most importantly 3) i'm literally euphoric, because i have finally met & will spend many days with ghost.
you regular readers don't need any further explanation, i trust. but if you had questions i would love to answer them, especially in person.
right now i'm getting my crap organized and waiting for her to clock out. sunset's at 10:42p; the long-lived summer evening is in its infancy. i am almost too excited to be typing this right now. i don't actually know how words.