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  1. At the bar outside (they have heaters), dinner is inside downstairs if you don't see us or coming late. Supposed to start raining any second.
  2. Reminder, dinner tomorrow if you are around. Happy to add people last minute, but may need to divide to 2 tables. Place is near the main esplanade or what not in city center (or magnum store if you've be there), at 7 pm.
  3. Minor trip update - Rode the train in, seemless customs/immigration, smooth check in and hopped on the train to pasila. 10 min door to door. Bumped into pod within 30 seconds of registering. Went to a panel on space, 50000000 people in line, was like a George panel. Went to ran and lindas panel, which was interesting as a member of the community. Would have been good if we could have asked some tough questions. Met up with some bwb. Went to trivia which was fun, ended up grouping with some random super fun team and had an epic fail on trivia. I literally couldn't remember stuff I read last week. Then headed to eat/drink...
  4. For fortress tour - Meeting at 10 in front of central station, will take tram from there. There s an English language tour starting at 11 we will try to join.
  5. My wife and I will do dinner sat! We are planning to do a tour to the castle in the morning if anyone is interested. Probably best day weather wise, so figured we do that while we can.
  6. I take Uber everywhere in the world (well Lyft actually). Usually fast, cheap, and talk to interesting locals. Assume it works in helsinki?
  7. Yeach it was a shocker to see the weather... Had to dig out a jacket and umbrella. Since nothing is specifically organized, anyone interested in meeting up in a bat near central thursday? Will call around and see potentially places if si.
  8. Also, I arrive Thursday via train @3 pm and leave Monday via plane @ 6am. Staying at solos torni. If nothing is happening Thursday evening, Happy to try and organize a meet up at a pub. There is o'shaes and solos sky terrace at my hotel., or can figure out something else.
  9. (Repost from facebook) Normally I let Lee do all the food organizing, but I decided to set up dinner (at a gastropub, so reasonably priced) for Sunday August 13th (shooting for 7 PM). Location is Bryggeri Helsinki a Finnish gastropub, afew blocks from the central station: Was shooting for 10 people, have 10, but can up the reservation if anyone else wants in.
  10. Sounds good! This book is single handedly making me go from no checked luggage to checked luggage, so wanted to make sure! Getting George's autograph is easy, Ran's? Not so much...
  11. I'm in of course. PM me or send me a note on Facebook and will give you my phone number if interested. I get in Thursday though and am at sokos torni. Ran - how do we get your autograph on our world of ice and fire book? You have a signing time or should I just ambush you and Linda?
  12. Nice!
  13. Sorry for the short notice, but we're meeting up on Sat evening in Burbank. Message me or aghrivaine and I can send some info. Or shoot us a note on Facebook, since we're more likely to check that.
  14. Doh, sorry just saw this. Hope you had a good trip. If you are in LA again, feel free to shoot me a note...
  15. Bumped to 1 PM on Saturday. Debating south bay or burbank.
  16. Probably meeting with tubadoor Friday @ 7 PM.
  17. I'm in Helsinki Aug 10-14, booked at Sokos Torni in city center. I'm in Russia Aug 4-10th (Moscow for 3 nights, St Petersburg for 3 nights). Whole trip is on life support though, having issues with grandparents watching the kids...
  18. I assume since I'm coming via Russia, it doesn't count as part of the EU for alcohol importation purposes? (or I can bring something from the US, but I don't really want to cart it around Russia). Will bring at least a bottle or two of vodka from Russia, but that probably won't even cover my drinking, let along the BwB's.
  19. Made a decision to book Sokos Torni. Basically 3 bars at the bottom of the hotel, and close to the action.
  20. How much booze can you bring in? Happy to grab some and take on the train with me...
  21. I'm following the same plan. Leave LAX on Aug 3rd, arrive in Moscow on Aug 4th, train to St Petersburg on Aug 7th, train to Helsinki on the Aug 10th, and fly home to LAX Aug 14th @ 6 AM (yuck). Probably will book my hotels in the next 2 weeks.
  22. No PC, no play for me. Fuck Square. Thinking about going and grabbing Fallout New Vegas, I ended up skipping that. Will the graphics be too oldschool? Have a month until Civ 6 comes out...
  23. Seemed a little dumpy with shared bathrooms, haha. Although I guess you can just go off the side of the boat. If we do the booze cruise, will cancel my hotel! I'm leaning towards just booking Sokos Torni, near all the bars/restaurants, or Sokos Vaakuna right by the train station. Sokos Pasilla is really damn far from town, so will skip that.
  24. There are a shit ton of hotels. Obviously airbnb is an option as well. It'd be great if someone who's been to Helsinki can help narrow down the options. Personally, I think something downtown is probably ideal, since there is a lot more bars/restaurants and stuff there. Close to the station means getting back and forth easily, plus that's the happening area (some of the hotels are out 10+ blocks from downtown, which isn't that huge of a deal, just makes it impossible to "bump into" people). I'll probably book a hotel, then opt for a decent airbnb at a later date if people are into that.
  25. Mentioned on the other thread I've booked my flights. Doing Moscow for 3 days, St Pete for 3 days, then Helsinki during the con for 4 days. I think the con party situation is going to be rough since most people will not be nearby, and the parties are out at the convention center. Tons of bars downtown, so not sure if I'll waste time going up there. There are some pretty decent airbnbs out there, and I assume more places will post their availability as we get closer (3-6 mo out). Going to see what the hotel room rates are, and which hotels. Hotel Kemp seems to have good ratings (expensive), so may opt to stay there if there is a good rate. Otherwise I'm all for staying at an airbnb. Seems like all the bars and sights to see are right at the main rail station area, so seems like that area is the best to stay in. There's some not-serious discussion on facebook to rent out an airbnb boat thing... which I'd consider doing if people were up for it. Also some badass houses available a good 30 minutes out of town. Not sure if it'd be worth it since I'm only in Helsinki 4 days...