The Luftanza flight to Helsinki was long. Or at least it seems that way since I haven't had much sleep the last 24 hours. We were served a light meal of cheese, pasta and meat. Very good. But the most interesting points (as least to an American) is that they actually served the meal with metal utensils - yes, an actual metal fork and knife. You'll not find that anywhere in America.

Helsinki is the place to go for conferences. Well, all of Europe seems to be -- I even met someone I knew who was going to SIGCOMM . The lady I sat next to on the flight to Helsinki was going to a geophysics conference and there is the look of amny of the people on this plane -- there are a lot of English as first language people on this plane.