Eugene Cordell Vail
Helsinki, Finland Temple Dedication Trip
Day 10 - 26 Oct 2006

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Hannu and Riitta's house has all the latest amenities that you would find in an American home and......
IT HAS A SAUNA... WAHOOOOOO!!!!! If you have never taken a Sauna you have not lived yet!

They are selling this 4 plex home and building a new one. It is being built in the most beautiful place I have ever seen on this earth.

I tried to get some pictures of it but because it was so cloudy they do not do it justice at all in any way. It is so
green and beautiful. It is on a little hill surrounded by meadows and farm land. You will just have to go visit them
when it is done to see what I mean. They are moving into a little corner next to heaven.

Well that is it folks. My trip has come to an end. Pack the bags. Get into the car and head for the airport.

This is the building Hannu works in. He works for Finn Air scheduling flight crews.

It was really hard to say good bye to Hannu and his family. This is where I last saw him.
He works right there at Finn Air so he went in to work and
I went off to the airport next door.

In the airport are tax fee shops. No question in Finland about how harmful smoking is (if you read the liable woops I mean label).

Here is the rein deer that I got the meat from. Not really. Just kidding. It was in a gift shop. But you can see how small they are.

So either Santa Clause is a midget or Walt Disney had some giant
reindeer for the movies. Real reindeer are not much bigger than a large goat.

I landed on that very strip of pavement 43 years ago in Jan 1963 and it was freezing cold and very very snow packed.
In those days you got out of the airplane and walked across the tarmac to the building. Great introduction to Finland.
Standing here looking out the window at it brought back some very fond memories.

I flew to Amsterdam Holland first where I had a 1 1/2 day lay over.
KLM is a wonderful airline. They wait on you hand and foot.

Then after being in airports and airplanes for 25 hours, TA DA
I was back in Seattle. So tired I was almost sick.

I left the hotel in Amsterdam at 10:30 p.m. Friday night Seattle time
and got to the SeaTac Airport in Seattle on Saturday night at 11:30 p.m.
Now that is a trip for you. But it was all worth it.

I took this picture the day after I got home.
I still have my Seal Skin hat from 1965.
So now you see that if you add 43 years and a 25 hour plane ride,
you can look like a truck ran over you.
The hat is the same but I am afraid the face is not.....
Now to go get some sleep and get over this jet-lang .... ha ha ha...

Hope you enjoyed the Finland trip with me.

The pictures I have of Holland start on day 11 below.

The Meridian Magazine Articles on Finland

A whole series of articles on Finland and the Helsinki Finland LDS Temple
has been published in the Meridian Magazine. Here are the links if you want
to see the beautiful pictures they took of Finland:

Come With Us to Finland!

A Temple Open House: The Spirit of the Lord was upon Finland

Out of Many, One: The Prophet Greets the People in Helsinki

We are One, Big Family: The Finnish Temple Cultural Celebration

Helsinki Finland Temple: Diamond of the North

A Promised Day Arrived: The Helsinki Finland Temple Dedication

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