Good day for you from the promised land called Japan ! Heck yea !
I’m back and I’m sweating more than a polar bear in Africa !
It’s so hot in here that you could throw an egg to the sumida river and it would be ready to eat in couple of sec.
Let’s start the story of my trip. (full of surprises)
Ok so here I was packing and decided to take a photo of my bag in the packing process. Not that interesting I know :D.
I left from Lahti at 3.50am buss at Sunday 13th and I arrived to the airport like 5.05am. I was watching anime and relaxing in the bus. (but did not fell a sleep tho)
At the airport I got everything done quite fast, boarding passes & luggage were both okay but the surprising part was that my bag only weight 13kg ( can’t say how much it will weigh when I fly back tho hah).
Here are couple of shots at the Helsinki airport.
There was a lot of advertising of the world championship of ice hockey.
Since I was flying via London I had to go through the passport check at Helsinki because England is not part of the shengen thingy (no idea how to write it). very interesting side of the airport that I never seen.
Here are some shots of London from up high.
When I arrived to London the first thing that made me go nuts happened. Soon as I arrive to an airport I want to know the gate where my next flight is but in London that is impossible it seems, they show you your boarding gate like 1 hour or so before the airplane takes off… pissed me off a bit.
other then that it was a very nice airport with good restaurants and easy access to all the terminals. I changed from terminal 3 to terminal 5 without any hassle.
At the security checks I became friends with this great dude from the States called John. He was saying that he takes his shoes off always at the security check and I tolled him that in Europe you don’t have to do that ( he did it in Finland) so he went through the metal scanner right after we spoke about that and he started peeping and the guard ask him to take his shoes off anyway 😀 gave us quite a laugh.
After that we went to a restaurant and we got these great burgers.
And when the check came he put his card to the table and paid my share as well. Amazing how most Americans I have met have been super polite !
British airways airplane was amazing with it’s very good screens and even the controller was better than normal.
also the other wicked thing about this airplane was that every seat had their own USB connector so you could for example recharger your phone/ipad or watch photos from your camera.
I came friends with this very cool British guy as well whose name sadly slipped my mind this morning. He had this amazing little USB wifi device and with it he created “free” wifi to the airplane pretty much hah.
It’s always nice to make friends with people who are sitting next to you or in transit as long time as you are!
When we landed to Tokyo the most horrible thing happened! not sure if I should write about this but what a hell they can sue me.
I went to the passport check with my visa papers and what not (getting a normal 3 month tourist visa). The girl at the desk said that I have passed my limit to stay in Japan (at this point my heart was racing). She said that a person can only stay in Japan 6 months a year and technically I have stayed at least 6 months in the past year. They were VERY close to send me back to Finland in the next airplane available but then a woman took me to the side room and asked me questions for about 20 mins about why I come to Japan what do I do here and so on and after that she gave me a visa and let me go in to the country. All of that time my hands were shaking and also my mind was in shock that would they really make me fly back! ( because I just arrived from 13 hour flight).
All ended well tho and she let me walk out with no harm done and my luggage was waiting for me there with the police dog sitting next to it (guarding it ? :D).
I recharged my SUICA and took the first normal (cheap) keisei train to Ueno and from there to Asakusa to the hostel where I am temporarily staying.
Made a quick visit at Akihabara and now I am all tired so I decided to write this for all of you since later I will go and try to get my spirit back with couple of ice cold Asahi super dry beers in my hand and a marlboro on the other.
That was my trip in short but I hope you liked it and learned something ! Tomorrow I will go running in the morning and then to take a lot of photos !
ps. Sorry for the many many typos I’m tired !