Christmas is fast approaching, and so is the end of my travel schedule for this year. This second last trip for the year (I have to go to Cologne for a few days next week) was really interesting - First stop was Helsinki, where I'm sure I never saw daylight. I arrived late at night, was up early to take a 2 hour train ride to Turku (where our company has a factory) to have a some meetings and a site tour (to watch the robots dance! The technology that goes into production lines is quite amazing!). I transferred back to Helsinki by train, and even though we were rolling through the Finnish countryside, it was all dark.
After some further meetings in Helsinki, I flew to Chicago - my first visit to the home of the Blues Brothers (Nicole, however, sees it as the home of 'ER' and asked if I saw George Clooney anywhere...). I was really impressed. The parts I saw were great, and the Euro is killing the dollar, so I was able to get in an hour's shopping (ended up with new ice skates for the boys!). The meetings were really interesting (do I sound surprised???), but I was really sad to be away for the Christmas concerts and other stuff - for some reason I missed putting them in my diary, and usually this stuff gets put in first. I have some vidoe footage to enjoy (but it is not the same, is it?). At least I convinced Nicole not to decorate the tree without me!
Huge snowstorms shut in the Eastern Seaboard, but luckily, Chicago missed it all and I got out in time - and glad to be home.
I am so looking forward to the Christmas break!