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Here in Helsinki

So we're here in Helsinki, me from Santa Fe and Phipps by way of Ireland. Grey skies and rain, but the people are warm and friendly. Yesterday we visited Sveaborg, the great island fortress that I've written two stories about. "Gibraltar of the North," it was dubbed by John Quincy Adams. I can only conclude that JQA had never actually seen the Gibraltar of the south, since the resemblence between the two is nonexistent. Sveaborg is pretty cool in its own right, however, and I'm glad to have seen it.

The con proper starts tomorrow. Some come to Finncon if you can. It's free!


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Jul. 8th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
Welcome to Helsinki. I hope you enjoy your visit to Finncon as well.
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
You inspire me to travel, but alas, my pockets are not deep enough. I'll just pretend I'm there with the power of my imagination. ;)

Yes, just pretend I'm the girl standing in the back who won't stop gabbing on her cellphone. (I don't own a cellphone. I just want you to notice me. NOTICE ME.)

(SA Wild Cards forever!)
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
It's such a shame the weather's so bad at the moment, it was sunny and hot last week. Hope you have a nice Finncon, I'd come but I'm not in Helsinki at the moment.
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Looking forward to hearing you speak in Finncon. I hope you have a good time, Finncons are a buzz!
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
May you have a pleasant stay.
Jul. 8th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
=) Great you are in Europe.
Do visit Moscow or Kiev) You have a lot of fans in ex-USSR.
Jul. 8th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
Too bad I probably won't be able to make it to a con, but have fun while there~ *is Finnish*
Jul. 8th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
If we could, we'd be there. It's much closer than any US con.
Jul. 8th, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
I am definitely coming to Finncon - I work there - and I'll be sure to attend some of your stuff. I hope you enjoy your stay and the convention. Welcome to Finland!
Jul. 8th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
:D I love those "It's the *someplace spectacular* of the North/South/East/West" comparisons, they're hilarious! Almost as funny as the claims you see a lot in Aus and NZ - "It's the biggest/tallest/longest whatever!!!" (...."in the Southern Hemisphere.")
Jul. 8th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
So near and yet so far
London calling,

Glad to hear you are my side of the pond, sad to see you are in Finland. Still it gladdens my heart for the Fins.

Just thought I would say that I think Andromeda in Birmingham has closed and maybe should be taken off your places to buy in the UK list. Unless it is still going as an internet concern? In which case ignore last bit.

There is , however, another place in Brum where your Green Ronin stuff can be bought.
The lovely chaps at Wayland's Forge stock the new Ice and Fire game and I also noticed "All In" on their shelves

Check them out at www.waylandsforge.co.uk
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Well... So your flight went well, and you´re safely on the ground again, WELCOME, and I see, that you´ve enjoyed your visit so far! :o)

I just let you know, that I will be at Finncon this saturday after all, and I have a book for you to sign for... I actually hoped, that Les Dabel would have sent me the calendar, that he has promised long ago, and I should have brought it with me to Finconn to get your autograph to that, but obviously no answer from Dabels, and therefore no calendar! :o(

I´ll hopefully meet you in there anyway this saturday, as I have already bought my bus tickets to Helsinki! I´ll arrive to Finconn approximately 13.00 or 1.00 pm, and your Guest of Honour interview will begin 14.00 or 2.00 pm, so I´m there well before the start! :o)
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Hyvää päivää!


(ahem. yes, I still remember a few phrases from my junior year abroad...)
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Return Trip Appearance
Any chance of a stop in NY on the way home? Also any chance of reviving that Pizza Crawl?
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds fantastic. I heard the pickled herring is great.
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