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Getting to Helsinki and the first days!!!

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Packed and Ready to GO...  turn off computer!!!
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Packed and Ready to GO... turn off …
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Erin takes me to the Phila Airport and we Pick up Alaina coming in from LA...  She goes home with Erin,,,  I fly to Paris - Amsterdam - Helsinki!!!
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Erin takes me to the Phila Airport a…
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Alaina will fly to Helsinki on Thursday and I will pick her up at Helsinki airport on Friday then spend 10 days traveling together.  Alaina flys home from Riga, Latvia and I go on to Lithuania.
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Alaina will fly to Helsinki on Thurs…
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Parting at the Phila Airport!!!  Thanks Erin!!!
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Parting at the Phila Airport!!! Tha…
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My Phila Mens room shot everyone made a fuss over!!!
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My Phila Mens room shot everyone mad…
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Leaving the USA East Coast over the Atlantic.
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Leaving the USA East Coast over the …
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Air France,,,Over the Atlantic.
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Air France,,,Over the Atlantic.
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Air France,,, Over the Atlantic
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Air France,,, Over the Atlantic
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Air France Flight Meal,,,  Salmon mixed with Mashed Potatoes...  Red Wine is FREE!!!
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Air France Flight Meal,,, Salmon mi…
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Over the Atlantic en route to Paris, France.
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Over the Atlantic en route to Paris,…
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CDG Airport Paris France - 2 hours for connection to Amsterdam.  Was a 7 hour flight.  Watched Star Trek.
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CDG Airport Paris France - 2 hours f…
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CDG Paris France.
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CDG Paris France.
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The CDG terminals have free electric posts to plug all your electronics into...  Nice touch...
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The CDG terminals have free electric…
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This is the next plane...  now going to Amsterdam...  appprox. 1.5 hour flight...
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This is the next plane... now going…
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Skys over France on way to Amsterdam.
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Skys over France on way to Amsterdam…
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The meals are getting smaller!!!  This was it.
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The meals are getting smaller!!! Th…
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Holland Canals - entering Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
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Holland Canals - entering Schiphol A…
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Flew KLM to Schiphol Airport.
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Flew KLM to Schiphol Airport.
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Schiphol Terminal in Amsterdam.
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Schiphol Terminal in Amsterdam.
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Schipol Air Control Tower at Schiphol in Amsterdam.
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Schipol Air Control Tower at Schipho…
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The meal from Amsterdam to Helsinki, Finland.  Flight was about 2 hours.
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The meal from Amsterdam to Helsinki,…
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After getting my bags from the conveyor belt I have to turn my bag into a backpack.  See next photo.
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After getting my bags from the conve…
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Back panel zips and folds away in velcroed pouch,  belt and shoulder straps become available.
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Back panel zips and folds away in ve…
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Next thing is to get money!!!  Find an ATM in terminal.  Get about 100 bucks to get started.  In this case 90 Euros...  about 130.00.
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Next thing is to get money!!! Find …
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Then find the RIGHT BUS to the hostel...  follow instruction from hostel literature gotten from internet before hand.
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Then find the RIGHT BUS to the hoste…
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Get off at the right spot!!!  In this case the 1952 Olympic Tower.  Hostel is nearby.
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Get off at the right spot!!! In thi…
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Stadion Hostel in in the old Stadium!!!  My room is 2nd floor about in the middle.  Mens dorm - 10 beds...  will switch to coed dorm when Alaina arrives on Friday.
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Stadion Hostel in in the old Stadium…
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Sports Everywhere!!!
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Sports Everywhere!!!
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Built for the 1952 Olympics.  Hostel is in the Stadium Building!!!
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Built for the 1952 Olympics. Hostel…
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You can go up to the top of the Olympic Tower.  Tomorrow I will do that.  Will post photos from there.
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You can go up to the top of the Olym…
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Stairs to the top of the Olympic Tower Top...  I'm gonna time myself to the top!!!
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Stairs to the top of the Olympic Tow…
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Stadion Hostel is 20 Euro per night for non member.  For me (life member) 17.50 Euro...  Twenty some bucks.
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Mens 10 bed dorm.  4 bunk beds and 2 single beds.  Mine is top right.
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Mens 10 bed dorm. 4 bunk beds and 2…
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Arrived at Stadion Hostel and my bed,,,  finally!!!
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Arrived at Stadion Hostel and my bed…
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One of my room mates.  He is from Japan.
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One of my room mates. He is from Ja…
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Peace!!!
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Peace!!!
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Reception at Stadion Hostel.
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Reception at Stadion Hostel.
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Cafeteria at Stadion Hostel.
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Cafeteria at Stadion Hostel.
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Out to Chico's for Dinner with Merike.  Cheers...  Yes,,,  Finnish Beer...
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Out to Chico's for Dinner with Merik…
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Night walk to local park - Metal Sculpture Work.
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Night walk to local park - Metal Scu…
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Night walk to local park - Metal Sculpture Work.
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Night walk to local park - Metal Scu…
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Night walk to local park - Metal Sculpture Work.
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Night walk to local park - Metal Scu…
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Day 2 - Breakfast at Stadion Hostel not included... Cost is 6 Euros but includes all you can eat and there is alot!!!
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Day 2 - Breakfast at Stadion Hostel not included... Cost is 6 Euros but includes all you can eat and there is alot!!!
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Merike.
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Me…
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Merike.
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Me…
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Merike.
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Me…
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Merike.
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Me…
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Merike.
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Walking to Downtown Helsinki with Me…
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Helsinki Train Station.
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Helsinki Train Station.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Center Square in Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Center Square in Helsinki, …
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Downtown Center Square in Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Center Square in Helsinki, …
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First Stone Building in Helsinki.
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First Stone Building in Helsinki.
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Thank you Merike for a grand walk about tour of Downtown Helsinki!!!
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Thank you Merike for a grand walk ab…
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Downtown Helsinki, Finland.
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Coffee and Beverage Time during our walkabout of Downtown Helsinki.  Thanks Merike...  You paid!!!
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Coffee and Beverage Time during our …
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Coffee and Beverage Time during our walkabout of Downtown Helsinki.  Thanks Merike...  You paid!!!
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Coffee and Beverage Time during our …
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Photo Fun on the same boat we just had coffee on...
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Photo Fun on the same boat we just h…
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Thanks Merike!!!
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Thanks Merike!!!
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Coffee Spot!!!
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Coffee Spot!!!
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Orthodox Church - Downtown Helsinki.
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Orthodox Church - Downtown Helsinki.
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Orthodox Church - Downtown Helsinki.
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Orthodox Church - Downtown Helsinki.
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Orthodox Church - Downtown Helsinki.
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Orthodox Church - Downtown Helsinki.
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Orthodox Church - Downtown Helsinki.
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Orthodox Church - Downtown Helsinki.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.  Nap Time!!!
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Downtown Helsinki Views. Nap Time!!…
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The Main Museum - will go here with Alaina!!!
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The Main Museum - will go here with …
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Most buildings have these by the front steps!!!  Helsinki is very clean!!!  But main purpose is snow removal!!!  Thanks for your comment, Giusi!!!
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Most buildings have these by the fro…
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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Downtown Helsinki Views.
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After a full 7 hours of a walking tour (feet tired!!!)  I go grocery shopping and get a piece of roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and you can see the rest.  11 Euros...  about 15 USD...  Finland is a bit more expensive!!!
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After a full 7 hours of a walking to…
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Lunch - Dinner combination back at hostel at 5 PM...  then 1 hour power nap!!!
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Lunch - Dinner combination back at h…
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Beginning of night walk...  wanna fly???
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Beginning of night walk... wanna fl…
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Aerodium...  this would be great on our Wildwood Boardwalk for an amusement ride...  49 Euro's - 20 minutes with lesson.  about 60 USD.
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Aerodium... this would be great on …
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Aerodium...  this would be great on our Wildwood Boardwalk for an amusement ride...  49 Euro's - 20 minutes with lesson.  about 60 USD.
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Aerodium... this would be great on …
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Aerodium...  this would be great on our Wildwood Boardwalk for an amusement ride...  49 Euro's - 20 minutes with lesson.  about 60 USD.
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Aerodium... this would be great on …
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Traffic to a big womens Soccer Event at the Stadium... (right where I am staying!!!)
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Traffic to a big womens Soccer Event…
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I took a tram to downtown.  2.25 Euros - about 3USD.  The tracks were under renovation here and propped up...  Tram moved over smoothly???
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I took a tram to downtown. 2.25 Eur…
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10 PM - taking way too long to do this!!!  Internet is 5 euro per hours (7 USD)  took 2.5 hours of messing around to get this uploaded.  Then 1 hour back at hostel to bulk edit subtitles...  It's 1:45 AM!!!  Going to BED!!!  Cheers!!!  Gary
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