Monday, June 15, 2009

Hello! Last night, to my surprise and delight, my family threw me a going away party! It was very casual, but many of my friends came, ate, and wished me luck. I got a few gifts, like a book about Finland and about 8 euros! I was very interested by the 5 euro bill and the coins. Apparently one side of the coins are always the same, while the design on the other side varies depending on which country created it. I now have about 12 euros in pocket change, although it is advised to bring more like 50 euro when I am traveling. I now have 6 days! I was asked yesterday at the party whether I was " ready" for my trip. I thought the inquirer meant " did I have all my paperwork and packing in order". They soon explained that no, they meant was I "ready" in my mind. A good question that. Like I said in the previous post, I never really took in the fact that something was actually going to come from all the preparation. As my departure date gets closer however, I find that I am begin forced to say to myself " oh my gosh... this is for real, get a grip!" I am glad I will have a few days to think about it, and to get "ready" in my mind. I think that when the time comes to step into the plane terminal, I will be ready.


  1. You're off to a great start! Keep writing, I will love to follow your journey. xxx GG

  2. Hello from your biology teacher :0) I am actually in DC myself (actually, at this moment I am in Williamsburg but I will be heading back) and will be here until the 23rd. I am sorry I missed your party but I wish you well from afar.

  3. Google Maps: Julkujärvi, Ylojarvi, Finland: Megan Yeo: Rich Murray 2009.06.15

    Hi Megan,

    I'm really looking forward to your stories --
    you're a very good writer!

    I viewed Julkujärvi, Ylojarvi, Finland with Google Maps and then Google Earth...

    My mom, Elizabeth Margaret Brockbank, born 1909, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, grew up in very similar landscape -- the roads would go like tunnels through the dense, endless forest, full of zillions of lakes.

    I notice your new home will be a few dozen miles north of Nokia, famed for cell phones.

    In joy, Rich