Finland is so cool…

…and sunny. Really sunny. It’s cool because there’s a northwesterly wind. But blue sky and rapidly melting ice and snow. There was lots a month ago. Now all gone. Aeroplane pictures below of landing in Helsinki this morning.

landing helsinki ice and water

plane shadow

No snow!

When Finnovation first started in March 2000. Helsinki was a highly aesthetic, innovative but provincial airport. Now, because of Finnair’s « To Asia over the North Pole strategy » it’s an international hub.

ulos exit

But getting here really felt like coming home.

Hopped into the car and drove to Turku.  Met Anna-Liisa, who gave me the ITMP students’ keys for when they arrive tomorrow. Her sister in law should have been on the same 0740 Finnair plane as me but missed it because of an RER B strike. Can you believe it? (Dear students and Mike please don’t make the same mistake tomorrow morning!)

I’ve now settled into Pham’s welcoming flat in Erikinkatu and, because I’m totally addicted to the archipelago, now have to drive off to Parainen, take the ferry to Nauvo. There I will look for bears, elk, rabbits whatever, and walk in the forest a bit and see a few lakes and be really alone.

Tomorrow the students fly in at 1230 and I’ll meet them at Helsinki airport.

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I run an advanced Masters programme on project management and innovation at ESIEE
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