My life has been full of adventure, my family large mixed and diverse, my childhood a strange one.
Today the exploration will continue in a new country, Suomi, Finland.
In but an hour my journey will begin. A taxi to the train station, buying a ticket, talking to a stranger on the platform, selecting a seat on the train which will have the most chance of a stranger sitting with me, a stranger whom I will talk and try and have an interesting conversation with before we both continue our journey to different destinations.
Manchester airport, a port I've been to once before several years ago to go to the same destination, Helsinki, Finland. All kinds of people going to all kinds of places, I'll make stories about them all in my head, imagine who they will meet at the other side.
Hopefully I'll be assigned a seat next to an interesting soul, whom for 2 hours i can hopefully converse with, I love talking to people, strangers and friends alike.
The aeroplane taxi's onto the runway, it straightens up, everything stops for a split second, turbines warming up, a roar emitting from them and then the whole aircraft surges forward at a dash taking a run up before spreading its wings into flight.
I'm terrified of heights while on the ground, yet I love flying in planes, I love seeing the land, houses, people, dogs, cars, become smaller and smaller to my eyes, unfortunately it's cloudy today perhaps i would be able to see much, I frown.
In Finland's evening I'll arrive. Two wonderful finns, my cousins, await me. It's not so traditional for Finns to hug, but I'm only half Finnish and thus think hugging and the sense of touch is the best feeling - I smirk - in the world, I envision spreading my arms wide and them both jumping into them in unison, unfortunately I dont think this will happen, but I can dream !
My Suomi adventure will have begun.
I intend to make a new flickr album and post the best pictures here, I also intend to keep up to date, writing about my first adult Finnish experince, lets see how it goes...
Have a nice day!