Now this is what I’m talking about…free internet! 🙂 Thank you Helsinki Airport! Chicago, you need to step up your game. Well I made it to Helsinki after an 8 hour and 15 minute flight. My longest international flight to date, and it wasn’t too bad at all. Shared a row with just one other girl, pillows and blankets at your disposal, and even a few meals. Food wasn’t too shabby for an airline. I was tempted into having a glass of red wine too, i mean it was free….I had to! Just to say I did, right?! haha Plus it kind of relaxed my mind and body a little bit. (Don’t worry mom, I didn’t drink the entire mini bottle) lol just had a sip 🙂 ….. anyways, I watched a movie and pretty much just slept the whole way.
When I arrived in Finland I entered the passport / Finland border protection line. This ended up being my first nerve-racking encounter. I got up to the front of the line, handed the man my ticket and passport and nervously waiting…why I was nervous I don’t really know why. Then the man asked me how long I was going to be staying in Finland….well I knew that since I hadn’t had a work visa or anything like that 3 months was my limit, so I said that, then he asked me what I was doing in Finland….this was really the first time I was able to say “playing professional basketball”…felt pretty cool (silly I know). His response, “I could have guessed that.” I don’t know if it was my SHU bball sweatshirt that gave it away or my height? Or if he was lying….so after a few more questions, and sweat starting to perspire because I was getting more nervous, he asked me if I had any documentation from the team. LUCKILY, my great former teammate Kaitlin told me to make sure and pack a copy of my contract. Thank gooooodness I decided to put it in my backpack that I brought on the plane, phew! That was a close call. I think I would have been screwed otherwise. Not sure my pure charm would have gotten me past border security, but you never know. 😉 So after finally getting through there, and holding up the line. I made my way through the airport.
So now I am just sitting here, typing aimlessly away since I have about 3 hours to spare. But I think it is time for a nap, since my body thinks it is 3am and has been up pretty much since 2:45am yesterday. So that’s all for now, starting to get a little more nervous to meet my coaches/team, see where I’m living, and just experience more of this foreign country. But overall I am just so blessed and thankful for this opportunity. Going to give it everything I have and take in every moment. Love you all.