Full of hope and courage, we set forth one misty morning and...
The Arlöv Mini-Con was definitely a great experience for me. For one thing, because I finally got to meet around 10 to 15 NTFA members who I have known over the Internet for years. For another, for the great time I had with my old friends Inkku, Psychotron and Blackarachnia, and with a new friend Satusein.
Because of the great hospitality I had received from Heidi, Turo and Sonja, I decided to take some responsibility myself. So I took it upon myself to book both the boat trips and the hotel for all of us Finns. In the end, we were five Finns, me the nerd, Turo, Sonja and Satu the metalheads and Heidi the erm... Osku wanted to come too, but he fell ill and decided to stay home instead.
On Friday, I left work early to pick up Gravebot's Stunticon repaint project from the post office and went straight to Helsinki centre to meet Heidi. Here I have to tell you how I found the meeting place: I phoned her and asked where she was. She said: "There's this big white building... with the domed roof... and the stairs." It took me about five seconds to reply: "Oh, that's the Helsinki Cathedral, it's pretty much in the centre." Now Heidi knows where Helsinki's most famous building is.
Then we faced another problem. Neither of us had any idea how to get out of Helsinki: Heidi doesn't know the city and I don't know how driving a car works. So I had to phone my father and ask him: "Hello, we're at the Helsinki market square. How the heck do we get to national road 1?" He gave me the instructions on how to get to Länsiväylä, and from there, Heidi picked it up by following the signs to national road 1.
It took us a bit over two hours to reach Turku. Turo phoned me and asked where we were. When I told him we were 15 km away from Turku he asked what was taking us so long. I told him that it took us a while to get out of Helsinki. At Turo's and Sonja's apartment, I met Satusein and their petsitter Sari. I have to say I was surprised. I had kind of imagined that Satu was a thin young girl but I had no idea she was into heavy metal just like Turo and Sonja. Oh well, that much the better. I'm not a metalhead myself but I like listening to heavy metal. And I like people with an attitude.
I'll have to save this report now and write more later.