I have just experienced five amazing and unforgettable days! I have so much to tell you, that I have no idea where to begin. So I decided to start with a little summary to explain what I have been doing for the past few days and where. After a small rewind I’ll present you the best bits of the latest adventures in adventures in more detail. And there will be a lot of them!
I started my adventures in the middle of the night between Thursday and Friday last week. I spent the night sitting on the bus on my way to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, heading for PING, a networking event for content producers and social media specialists (‘Content gurus’) and company representatives (‘Business hippies’).
After the night on the bus, I finally arrived to Helsinki at 6 am on Friday morning. I had slept for about two hours on average, in short sections of 10–20 minutes, so I wouldn’t say I was well rested. I started my day by walking for half an hour from the bus station to the harbour, where our boat to Tallinn left from. The freezing wind during my walk made sure I was quite awake once I arrived at Helsinki harbour.
Once all the content gurus and business hippies had found their way onto the boat, we were able to start our rocky journey to Tallinn. We had a busy but absolutely amazing day ahead of us, full of pinging, networking, learning, meeting new people… and ballet! (At this point the readers knowing me well will probably fall off their chairs due to an outburst of laughter, sorry about that. I hope you didn’t hurt yourself.)
After the tightly scheduled day in Tallinn, we returned to the boat and had some delicious dinner and PING-wine on the way back to Helsinki. The ones who still had some energy left headed for the PING after party into the night of Helsinki. I went along, of course, as I had slept so well the previous night, remember? But I wasn’t going to stay for too long.
Actually, my plan was to catch the 00:10 am bus from the main train station to the airport. I got to the station early enough, but unfortunately I found the correct platform two minutes too late. So typical of me. Luckily I had nothing but time, as my flight to Copenhagen would take off at 8:30 on Saturday morning.
A long night at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport didn’t much help the level of sleepiness caused by the previous night spent on the bus and the hectic day at PING. I’ve spent countless nights at so many different airports, and I have to tell that Helsinki-Vantaa is one of the worst ones for that purpose, unfortunately. Yes, I am fully aware that airports are not designed for sleeping, but sometimes you might not have a choice. And to be honest, tiny little changes would improve these nightly experiences quite a lot.
While I was wandering at the airport looking for a place to nap, Daniel spent his night by driving to the airport. Around 6 am we met in front of the terminal and started our journey to Denmark and springlike Copenhagen. And finally being tired paid off: I have never before fallen asleep prior to take off and slept like a baby until the landing. It was the quickest flight ever!
Who cares about the lack of sleep, we had a three-day expedition in Copenhagen ahead of us! And let me warn you, I have so much to tell you about this trip, including tips of what to see, where to stay, how to move around, where to have a beer and how the best hamburger of my life tasted – and where was it served. So stay tuned!