The trips to London and Japan / South Korea have now been booked. The process was slow and tedious, but we managed to get decent prices for flights and good / very good prices for hotels. We’ve visited the London hotel (No. 5 Maddox Street) before, and it was awesome — prime location next to Oxford Circus, big rooms in London standards, and very nice service. The hotels in Osaka and Seoul are unknown territory, but at least they seem to be of excellent standard based on their websites and Tripadvisor ratings. Reports will follow after the trips.
In the meanwhile, I’ve reserved a couple of other trips in Finland. Early October, I’ll go with the boys to North Carelia for an extended weekend. First the weekend, and then on Monday the boys will give run for the money for my parents while I’ll be teaching in local university of applied science in Joensuu. Two weeks after that trip, I, Aapo, my brother-in-law, and Aapo’s cousin Onni will visit Lego building fair in Ilmajoki, some 300 kilometers up north from Helsinki. I’ve been busy building our entry to the fair, and the three story old town hotel is now in final phases. I’ll try to provide report and pictures from the fair.
Besided these, I’m also planning a trip to Tallinn for a few days in early September, but my plans are completely open still. I’d like to go to US for a while, but it is still a long shot. Maybe early next year, depending how well the Far East trip went.