SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

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Aaro
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SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Hello all Sigmanians round the World.

Wellcome to Finland SUG Meeting during the weekend 18-20 of May 2007.

The place is a town called Hämeenlinna
http://www.hameenlinna.fi/english/

There is plenty of places to take pictures with parks etc, also if the
weather turns out bad we can get ourselves in Jail (to old Castle that
is now a prison museum and a Castle Museum.
http://www.nba.fi/en/hame_castle

The Theme for meeting: Street photography.

There is really good connections to Hämeenlinna from Europe via Tampere (Ryanair) and via Helsinki around the world.

Please answer to this thread who will be able to join the fun, as per other meetings that is garanteed, so we can continue the preparations.

More information following.

Best

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Chunsum J Choi Veteran Member • Posts: 8,432
Very Tempting............

I will have to see if I can squeeze that in.

Aaro wrote:

Hello all Sigmanians round the World.

Wellcome to Finland SUG Meeting during the weekend 18-20 of May 2007.

The place is a town called Hämeenlinna
http://www.hameenlinna.fi/english/

There is plenty of places to take pictures with parks etc, also if the
weather turns out bad we can get ourselves in Jail (to old Castle that
is now a prison museum and a Castle Museum.
http://www.nba.fi/en/hame_castle

The Theme for meeting: Street photography.

There is really good connections to Hämeenlinna from Europe via
Tampere (Ryanair) and via Helsinki around the world.

Please answer to this thread who will be able to join the fun, as
per other meetings that is garanteed, so we can continue the
preparations.

More information following.

Best

Aaro

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Thomas Mottl Veteran Member • Posts: 3,619
Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Aaro,
I think I would like to come.
Flying is pretty cheap as I saw.
Thomas

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Wish I could be there but no way I can make it...

Aaro wrote:

Hello all Sigmanians round the World.

Wellcome to Finland SUG Meeting during the weekend 18-20 of May 2007.

The place is a town called Hämeenlinna
http://www.hameenlinna.fi/english/

That looks delightful!

I am sorry to say, there is no way I can make it there.

One of these years I'll make it out for one of the international gatherings...

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Gunter B Contributing Member • Posts: 951
Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

I will probably attend with Helene. How´s the beer in Finnland?

Aaro wrote:

Hello all Sigmanians round the World.

Wellcome to Finland SUG Meeting during the weekend 18-20 of May 2007.

The place is a town called Hämeenlinna
http://www.hameenlinna.fi/english/

There is plenty of places to take pictures with parks etc, also if the
weather turns out bad we can get ourselves in Jail (to old Castle that
is now a prison museum and a Castle Museum.
http://www.nba.fi/en/hame_castle

The Theme for meeting: Street photography.

There is really good connections to Hämeenlinna from Europe via
Tampere (Ryanair) and via Helsinki around the world.

Please answer to this thread who will be able to join the fun, as
per other meetings that is garanteed, so we can continue the
preparations.

More information following.

Best

Aaro

Topi Senior Member • Posts: 1,491
Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Gunter B wrote:

How´s the beer in Finnland?

Mostly rather tasteless.

Some smallish breweries make a decent brew but they can be difficult to get.

Cheers,

-Topi Kuusinen, Finland

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Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Topi wrote:

Gunter B wrote:

How´s the beer in Finnland?

Mostly rather tasteless.

Some smallish breweries make a decent brew but they can be
difficult to get.

Ok ok, Thomas just told me in the chat that Finns drink Vodka in saunas

Topi Senior Member • Posts: 1,491
Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Gunter B wrote:

Topi wrote:

Gunter B wrote:

How´s the beer in Finnland?

Mostly rather tasteless.

Some smallish breweries make a decent brew but they can be
difficult to get.

Ok ok, Thomas just told me in the chat that Finns drink Vodka in
saunas

Yeah, the traditional Finnish heart test: Sauna, sausage, vodka and beer, and then take a swim in the lake directly from the sauna. If you don't immediately get a stroke, you'll prolly survive the weekend.

Cheers,

-Topi Kuusinen, Finland

Aaro
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More....

May 17th (thursday) is a holiday here in Finland. I will be near or at the target allready then.

Those with the heavy artillery (like the 200-500 or 300-800) inform me and I will arrange tripods, no need to transport those.

Also for the panoheads, what type of tripod's is needed and type of adapter if special.

Special transportation service is available if needed. (also if Wojtek comes a small car that needs three to push is available;-)

Any questions either here or to my email. Please ask.

For the beer I will have a comittee to sort it out. At least during winter it is cold enough.
Sixpack in ice

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Topi Senior Member • Posts: 1,491
Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

It seems I have no plans for that weekend so I'll be there.

I can give a ride for at least one person, possibly three, from the Helsinki Airport to Hämeenlinna on Friday and then back on Sunday.

Cheers,

-Topi Kuusinen, Finland

gbainbridge Senior Member • Posts: 2,777
Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Arrrrgh! Why did you have to choose the only weekend in May that I can't do?

I would love to join you, it's about time there was another meet in Europe, but it's the one weekend in May that I'm too busy. Finland in May should be beautiful.

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Thanks,
Gary.

armaco
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Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Ahhh I wish I could come but at that time my wife and I, expecting the berth of our second child…
I will miss you all
Perhaps next time …

Best,

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Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Aaro wrote:

Hello all Sigmanians round the World.

Wellcome to Finland SUG Meeting during the weekend 18-20 of May 2007.

The place is a town called Hämeenlinna
http://www.hameenlinna.fi/english/

That's middle of my exam week But I live so close that I can probably make at least a short visit there.

Miikael Leskinen

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Hotels and sensor cleaning

I will post the hotel information next Sunday.

Sensor cleaning solvent needed?

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About Finnish Sauna
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Dear Aaro

Thanks for the invite to the users group meeting in Finland. I checked Aloha and Hawaiian Airlines and neither of them fly direct to Helsinki. I was advised I could fly to Alaska and go by dog-sled over the north pole but every sled was booked. I did check out your pictures of the different places - one thing I might suggest is smaller copyright notices as they are large enough that they interfere with the image.

Hope you guys have a great time. Post us some reindeer pictures - and some sun shots if it is around then!!

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Some flight information

I have made some queries on flights and it certainly is not expensive.

These are very much standard prices. If you do some search the prices cna be very different down to a 0.25€ that I have seem.

Ofcourse they charge one for the cup of coffee etc to get your money.

Also at different days of the week the prices can be substantially different, both when you travel and when book your the flights.

Also from which website you are directed to booking makes a difference.

Coming from London one way
Web rate Adult Reg Fare 19.99 GBP
Fri, 18 May 07
Flight FR2194
17:50 Depart London Stansted (STN)
22:30 Arrive Tampere (TMP)

From Liverpool one way
Web fare Adult Reg Fare 12.99 GBP

Fri, 18 May 07
Flight FR9612
17:15 Depart Liverpool (LPL)
22:10 Arrive Tampere (TMP)

From Bremen return
Reg fare Adult Reg Fare 19.99 EUR

Fri, 18 May 07
Flight FR3606
10:00 Depart Bremen (BRE)
13:10 Arrive Tampere (TMP)

Coming Back
Reg fare Adult Reg Fare 24.99 EUR

Sun, 20 May 07
Flight FR3607
13:35 Depart Tampere (TMP)
14:50 Arrive Bremen (BRE)

Fakfurt Hahn one way
19.99 EUR

Fri, 18 May 07 Flight FR1921
13:10 Depart Frankfurt-Hahn (HHN)
16:45 Arrive Tampere (TMP)

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Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

I will ask permission from the Boss (read: female in charge of my miserable existence).

It will be easier than getting permission to buy the SD14!!!

Are there any cheap airlines from Paris? I think Air France killed/bought them all...

Must check...

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Re: SUG Meeting in Finland 18-20 May 2007

Gonçalo, I just looked quickly, but there is an Easyjet service from Paris Charles De Gaulle to London Luton. National Express gives transit busses over to London Stansted to get the flight Aaro recommended.

Total cost: 60 euros or so round trip for most of the journey -- if you can get the times to match up. I didn't check this, but note the bus at london takes 90 minutes, and runs once or so an hour.

http://www.nationalexpress.com/bp/b2.cfm?id=83667046

I imagine the train from Tampere to Hameenlinna is about 20 Euros or so, and less than an hour.

Finland is a special place - hope you and others get to enjoy this.

Regards,
Clive

glacerda wrote:

I will ask permission from the Boss (read: female in charge of my
miserable existence).

It will be easier than getting permission to buy the SD14!!!

Are there any cheap airlines from Paris? I think Air France
killed/bought them all...

Must check...

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even better

Just checking Aaro's message, he found a very cheap Liverpool-Tampere. So you can take the Paris CDG-Liverpool on Easyjet, which is a few more 'bob' as the British say, but compensated.

And since you come and go from Liverpool, no transit bus!

Again, you have to match up the possible times yourself, and see if there are any overnights etc.. And if you don't know it, be sure to book early - these economy flights operate as a kind of auction, and it keeps getting more expensive...

C.

NarrBL wrote:
Gonçalo, I just looked quickly, but there is an Easyjet service
from Paris Charles De Gaulle to London Luton. National Express
gives transit busses over to London Stansted to get the flight Aaro
recommended.

Total cost: 60 euros or so round trip for most of the journey --
if you can get the times to match up. I didn't check this, but
note the bus at london takes 90 minutes, and runs once or so an
hour.

http://www.nationalexpress.com/bp/b2.cfm?id=83667046

I imagine the train from Tampere to Hameenlinna is about 20 Euros
or so, and less than an hour.

Finland is a special place - hope you and others get to enjoy this.

Regards,
Clive

glacerda wrote:

I will ask permission from the Boss (read: female in charge of my
miserable existence).

It will be easier than getting permission to buy the SD14!!!

Are there any cheap airlines from Paris? I think Air France
killed/bought them all...

Must check...

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