(Pictures are from the Internet.)
I can’t yet believe that by lunchtime tomorrow I will be in Austria! 😀
For a couple of years I have been saving money, selling stuff at the flea market etc. to raise money for a trip. I have always wanted to see a Formula 1 GP live somewhere in the world. On Sunday I will be at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg and watch the Austrian F1 GP! 😀
Today I have been packing. I have made a list of necessary items, and I have almost all of the items. I’ll pack the rest tomorrow morning.
I am waiting for the camera. Mum took it to the northern part of Finland on Sunday when she went there with Kari. But they should get home in a couple of hours. At least I hope so…
I have to be at the air port at 5 am tomorrow, so I must wake up very early. First I take a plane from my home town to Helsinki, the capital. There I will meet the rest of the group (well, may be some are coming from Vasa as well). I am traveling with a traveling agency, and they told us to meet at the gate on the airport in Helsinki.
We will take a plane to Wien (Vienna), the capital of Austria. We are going to have a mini bus in Austria. So tomorrow, we will get a unofficial guided tour of Wien (just riding around in the city looking at the buildings, I don’t know). After lunch we will drive to the city Graz, where our hotel is.
Saturday we are going to Spielberg and the circuit. I don’t know what time we will be there, but we will see the qualifying at least, may be the free practice session too if we come in time. Saturday evening, when we are back in Graz, is free time. No programs planned. The hotel is on the outskirts of Graz, so I think we will just stay at the hotel, or may be look at the streets around the hotel.
Sunday morning we are going back to the circuit. After the race, in the evening, the whole group is going to some restaurant. I don’t know how many are traveling in the group, but a mini bus can take, what?, a maximum of 20 people? There had to be at least 8 people for the trip to take place, so I am guessing, may be 10-15 people.
On Monday morning we are going to a lake, close to the border of Hungary. I think the lake is called Neusiedler See. They have some vineyards (places that grow grapes and make wine) there that we will look at. After the vineyards we are going back to Wien, to the airport. We will have some time to shop at the airport before taking the planes, first to Helsinki and then to Vasa.
The airplane going to Vasa will leave Helsinki at one minute before midnight. I will be home around 1 am or a little after. Mum and Kari will come and get me from the airport. (They will also drive me there early tomorrow morning.)
This year may be the last year of Kimi Räikkönen’s career, and I am not sure I would want to go to a race if Kimi is not there.
Mum is of course worried about terror attacks on airports… But I’m not. If it happens, it happens. No one knows (except the terrorists of course) when and where it happens. Austria is a pretty safe country to go to, according to the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The only thing worrying me at this point is what to do at the airport. I have flown once before, 17 years ago, in 1999. And that was with a lot of students and teachers/parents. Tomorrow morning I have to do the checking in myself and find my way in the Helsinki Vantaa Airport. So I hope some others from the group are coming from Vasa too so I can follow after them.
They are expecting hot temperatures in the area I think, but I am taking sun protection oil with me. There might also be thunder on Saturday, so I am taking a rain cape with me. I am taking lots of different things with me that I might need.
Just came back from the drug store where I bought ear plugs. (Blobs of silicone that you form into a ball and stick in your ear). But I am not sure you need ear plugs anymore. The F1 cars are pretty quiet these days compared to a few years ago. But just to be on the safe side. Of course I am taking a Finnish flag with me (just a small flag on a wooden stick). I will wear a red t-skirt to show that I am cheering for Ferrari.
I will try to use my German skills at much as possible. But I will of course talk English if needed. Tonight I’ll make a list of German words and expressions that might be useful.
But first I am going to eat some macaronis and meatballs. 🙂