Tuesday, April 10, 2012

An urban experience

Question: What do you get if you make a Sub24 destination easily reachable by public transport?

Answer: S*** loads of people!

This was by far our best attended Sub24 ever, with 15 people in total. Lee, Simo and Charles even rode their bikes there (well it was a Sub24 after all), braving a typical spring wet snowfall on their way. 

The cabins of the Rastila campsite felt like a real luxury compared to our tents (and the temperature must have been a shock for the survivors). But the addition of sauna was very welcome and fitted in to the spirit of Sub24 ever so well!

The proximity of shops meant that food and drinks top-ups were easy. And during such a trip, Dima, Brannon, Zuzanna and Charles witnessed a stunning sunset.

Later in the evening, the last Sub24ers joined and they were dedicated since some of them had only landed from Paris at 19.30 in Vantaa! They came straight there and introduced us to such delicacies as fire-melted camembert. That was a BIG hit and surely an early contender for luxury item of the year!

The rest of the evening produced some epic conversations, including how African American women move their neck (amazing impression by Brannon), group vocal exercises that involved all of us doing a child's motorbike noise, mono-tities (don't ask), and the hugely disturbing Russian children's tale of the baby bull walking to his certain death (Dima, take a bow).

The following morning, everyone went their separate way and the riders enjoyed a beautiful (if a tad fresh) ride through the back roads of Itäkeskus, Viiki, and Oulunkylä, crossing the river Vantaa on their way.

All in all a very different kind of Sub24, but very enjoyable in its own way. Next month, it's back to nature, tents and lakes. Hopefully some of the new-comers will join again! So thank you once again to Lee, Florian, Elsa, Zuzanna, Charles, Dima, Brannon, Simo, Matthieu, Stu, Céleste, Lucille, Antoine, Martin and Laurent for making this the biggest Sub24 ever!

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