|Saying bye to mom (note the Texas luggage tag)|
I arrived at Chicago O'Hare at about 9:30 and had a boring six-hour layover there until my 3:45pm departure to Helsinki. It was a good opportunity to chat with my girlfriend Savannah, my grandparents, my friend Brian, and my folks, though.
|Finnish flags at the international terminal in Chicago|
|I rode on a giant Boeing 767 from Chicago to Helsinki|
|The plane made the little AA jet behind it look like a paper airplane|
|My view for the next 8 and a half hours|
Unfortunately I didn't get much sleep (maybe two hours max), but the in-flight drinks, snacks, and meals were surprisingly good. As we eventually descended into an overcast Helsinki all I saw were lakes and trees everywhere. In fact, when I stepped off the plane I could actually smell the pine in the cool air. It was a refreshing smell after spending almost 9 hours in an airplane cabin.
|Fresh off the plane|
|The famous and luxurious Finnair Lounge|
|Customs means business: I went through the red line to declare prescription meds|
|A small grocery store in the airport - it was so small and modern-looking|
|A Finnish taksi|
|The bus stop. Every crosswalk in Finland has an accompanying sign and cars stop for you as soon as you look like you might cross the street|
|Tiny truck and tall pines|
|Pine trees...pine trees everywhere|
|A poliisi station (bet you can't guess what that is!)|