|Our hostel was next to pink hearts|
After a slightly louder night than we were used to (just normal street traffic- nothing worrisome) Mariko and I left for the airport. Not including our trip into Germany, it had been some time since I had last visited Frankfurt Airport.... and I had almost forgotten how busy it truly was. Since Mariko and I are from Denver I will use DIA as a reference. DIA has 3 Terminals- A,B and C (total of 136 gates)... and last year they had over 635,000 planes with over 51.9 million passengers. Now Frankfurt has 5 Terminals A,B,C,D and E (total of 62 gates and 82 stands)... last year they moved over 464,000 planes and over 53 million passengers. Frankfurt had about 3/4 the number over planes as DIA but more than 1 million passengers more..... busy busy airport.
Luckily it was fairly simple to find our gate and get through security (Mariko had to be wanded though), we were ushered onto a bus and driven out to our plane. After a quick boarding we taxied and were on our way! The flight was fairly smooth and quick (both Mariko and I took short naps the whole way there.
Next leg of the trip was Helsinki, Finland! We landed and only had to move about 3 gates over before boarding our next plane. Surprisingly enough the plane up to Kittilä was a larger plane than our trip to Helsinki. Another simple and quick trip (which is always prefered when flying) and we had landed. By this point we were nearly at our destination, just one short car ride to go. Said car ride was definitely another experience in and of itself.... and I know Mariko is PLANNING to write a blog about that, but we'll see if she actually gets around to it. But lets just say snow on the roads, narrow two lane road, posted speed 80 kph.... and average speed of 120 kph.
So within 24-hours we traveled from one of the busiest red light districts in the world to one of the quietest and smallest cities I've ever seen.... traveling through the furthest urban city (>1 Million people) north in the world (Helsinki, Finland).