Got up around 5 Am to leave for the train journey to Helsinki with AIFS. I had to meet them at the train station at 6:30 AM. But I got breakfast before I left.
The train journey was long (think almost 7 hours) and 1/3 of that was spent sitting at customs on both sides of the border. Besides the car getting hot it was relatively easy at customs.
When we got to Helsinki we met our tour guide for our city tour by bus and got to see all of the main sights. The rock church, senate square, Olympic arena, opera halls, Only orthodox church. It is a very pretty modern city. The bus dropped us off at the hostel, and Casey and I then went to the post office to mail souvenirs home so that our suitcases would close (and the packages would make it home from Finland not Russia). Then we met up with people for a expensive dinner at a Nepalese restraint (think 7 dollars for less than a cup of tomato soup). Nepalese fare is curry.
Then we went back to the hostel (no more than a 10 minute drive by trolley) dropped off our bags and went back out to DDR (Dance Drink Revolution) to hang out.
Oh- and every one speaks English and is NICE!!!