I got my IP phone working! The story is that I didn’t notice that my AC adapter for the VOIP box only supports 120V AC current, and the current here is 220V. Normally, these AC adapters can deal with both, so I just plugged it in. Of course it stopped working immediately. Anyway, I was prepared to buy a new universal AC adapter here for 29 Euros, but Jen’s new scanner arrived in the mail today. Fortunately that scanner’s AC adapter fits perfectly with my VOIP box, so now I have a Canadian dial tone. If you want to call me here during the next few days, feel free to call my office number 905-573-7009. I may not answer but I’ll call you back if you leave a message.
Today we went downtown and walked around for a while. I quite like the architecture here. It’s hard to explain since I don’t know much about architecture, but each building is quite unique. There are cobblestone streets and trams everywhere. We took a train to see Marianne, who is mnoo on deviantART, and her husband Stu. Marianne made us more traditional Finnish food, including a pasta dish made with ground meat, milk, eggs and cheese, baked in a casserole. It was quite good. We drank Finnish beer too, from Lapland.
Tonight we’ll sit around and relax for a while. Tomorrow morning I’ll get up and walk downtown to take some photos, if the weather is alright.
Here’s a snapshot Jen took of me in my Helsinki Command Centre (i.e. the corner of her kitchen).
Oh man, can’t wait to see some images. It’s hot and humid again here … and I don’t want to take my own shots, so I have to live through yours 😉
Jeeez, I must have been real drunk for the wedding day, can’t remember a thing about that one 🙂 🙂
Ps. The not leaving a tip thing is not universal throughout Europe, in the UK in sitdown restaurants it depends if it says “Service charge included” on the bill or menu, if it doesn’t they do expect a tip, taxi drivers should always be tipped, and thats about it really… unless you for some reason want a haircut (you need to tip them too).
the tipping thing seems to be right up there with the complimenting.
We’re going to market a new reality show around you ‘The Travelling geek’ 😉