Exploring the World

Back in Finland

Over the weekend I flew back to Finland through Seattle, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Seattle because I wanted to test the new service by SAS - SAS Net Access. This service is Connexion by Boeing and provides WiFi in a airplane. It was already installed in this airplane but unfortunately was not working on this time. So I had to just concentrate on my DVDs and getting some sleep.

By the way … I tried something new … I listened music, which is basically just dolphin sounds with some background soft music. Very relaxing and very soon I fell a sleep.

Surprisingly my flights went very well and this time I didn’t have any troubles. Maybe my bad luck was sleeping as usually I have lots of trouble regarding flying. Usually some odd delays and such.

In Finland it was once again rather cold and surprised me completely. Now I just have to figure where to travel next. :-)

San Francisco

I am currently visiting the Bay area and attending the RSA Conference 2005. Naturally, because we are talking about me and my typical luck, it has been raining now most of the time I have been in here.

I managed to find some extra time to do some shopping and started with new golf clubs and Apple PowerBook G4. :-)

After testing my golf clubs in the range, it has rained pretty much without a break …

Conference has been interesting yet there is still some sessions, which have basicly the same message and content with some of the sessions last year. Maybe the conference committee should refresh some of the ideas related to sessions and content. Or are we Europeans just so much ahead with wireless that all of this wireless and security sounds so familiar to us?

Going to fly back to Europe through Seattle and I am currently hoping for WiFi enabled plane. Also same kind overbooking could happen also on return as when I flew over here (after all received an upgrade to business).



It has been snowing again.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of our friends. Have a nice and relaxing holidays. I will be heading to Parkano and Tampere so you probably will not hear from me for a next three days.

Weather is turning quite beatiful and looking more like a winter; there is still some snow on the ground and temperature is not too high.

Snow again

Weather turned quite nasty. It has been raining few days and all snow melted. We got almost rid of ice too. :-)

Snowing again

Last night it started to snow and it has been snowing today all day long. Everything is looking much better again.


I had a relaxing long weekend in the London, from Friday to Sunday. Just shopping and afternoon tea, of course.

Quite lovely and refreshing weekend. I tried some of the new services I have recently acquired, booked a chauffeur waiting in the arrival hall in the Heathrow and hotel was the luxurious very small hotel, the Dorset Square Hotel. The car was “just” a Mercedes E-class but it seems that in the UK they seem to think that as a little bit more luxurios than a typical taxi. In Finland (and especially in the Germany) Mercedes E-class is the typical taxi. But it was fun to see the chauffeur waiting us :-)

The hotel was small and it was very old building. Everything was so well maintained that I just wonder why all the “luxurious” big chains do not maintain their hotels in the perfect condition (yes, I understand that the big ones have way more guests than the smaller ones but still …)

Weather was very nice, no rain and temperature near 10C/50F degrees. I must say that the more I visit London, the more I like it. It is so full of life and international.

Afternoon tea - on Friday during the shopping it was good decision to have a break and enjoy afternoon tea at the Harrods. A little bit disappointment because they were ignoring me almost all the time - somehow they just forgot my table. Well, this was just a small stop. The actual afternoon tea experience was at the Dorchester hotel which I had already been twice before. This was the third experience at the Dorchester and I must say that it gets better everytime. This time I was surprised by one of the member of the staff who remembered me from the last visit earlier this year. It was Christmas time also in the Dorchester so there was Christmas Carols and Christmas themed sandwiches. I was extremely satisfied with Dorchester’s afternoon tea.

What else? Heathrow is a mess if you have to fly with Finnair and you have only coach tickets and no elite membership … it takes quite a long time to check-in because you are not allowed to use British Airway’s electronic check-in kiosks. I was looking forward to visit a lounge before departure (to eat something so I could have avoided Finnair’s food) but eventually there wasn’t any spare time. Too bad.

Arrival to the Helsinki later in the evening was pretty ordinary and it was positive surprise to experience one of the lounges I have not visited before. Small but very nice. Relaxing environment in the airport.

The weekend holiday at London was a success, I really feel more relaxed as I had very much spare time to enjoy my time and think about life in general.

Sunday night

Winter is still coming, there is places where you can see the ground under the snow. We still do not have very much snow in Finland but at least it is white. Maybe white Christmas is coming.

Tomorrow it is the Independence Day of Finland - holiday! I will be just relaxing…


Snow and Fog

Snow and fog. :-)

Snow ...

It has been snowing for the last two days, everything is turning white. The winter is here. Winter is something, which comes every year and hopefully will not last too long. :-)