North America!

Well, Keflavik airport on Iceland, at least. 12° C and overcast, a drastic change to Sweden the last month or so, and decidedly different from what I’ll experience in North America, too. Perhaps I will break my personal heat record in Texas? I’ve never been anywhere where it’s been more than 40° C (104 F) – in Rome and Budapest, respectively. We’ll see.

Everything’s been great so far, comfortable seat, Heinlein book quite readable (and it contains ink stains, or maybe mimeo ink stains? I wonder who the previous owner was). Several SF movies in the inflight entertainment, among them Moon. I didn’t watch any, but as I’m on the moon right now in the Heinlein book, it made me think about how much SF there is everywhere today. And what Heinlein would have said if he had known that we haven’t been back to the moon since he died.

OK, chicken sandwich eaten. Time to find the gate for the flight to Toronto. Next post, I’ll be in Canada.

D minus 1

One day to takeoff. I think I have bought everything I’m going to need, and I have basically finished packing. I had one night still in my itinerary without somewhere to sleep, the very last night of them all, the wing night after Worldcon. I had assumed that if need be I could stay an extra night at the Fairmont hotel, the main con hotel where the con generously is comping me to five nights, but I had forgot that they are a five star hotel in a very busy area, and no, I cannot justify spending $664.19 on a hotel night, regardless of whether it’s my own money or TAFF’s. But Lucy Huntzinger tipped me off about a centrally located, very basic but clean and comfortable 2.5 star hotel, at 1/5 of that price, so I’m all set now.

I have figured out how to transfer my photos wirelessly to my iPad and made sure they will be uploaded from there to the cloud. I have looked at the weather forecast, and while it’s certainly going to be warm, neither Toronto nor Minneapolis look like they will beat the 31° C (88 F) we have here in Uppsala at the moment. How much and which clothes to pack was not easy to decide, but it will mostly be long trousers, shorts and t-shirts. I will need to laundry once or twice, depending on how warm it gets.

I am bringing Have spacesuit, will travel and Children of time with me on the flight. Both can be discarded afterwards if needed, as they are in print. I’m caffeinating myself right now. I suppose I can get proper coffee on the flight to Toronto since I’m flying Iceandair, but who knows when I next will get a proper cuppa?

In Toronto, I’m looking forward to visiting Niagara Falls with Murray Moore, seeing the Merril collection and meeting all kinds of Toronto fen. My first time in Canada! I used to dream of Canada as a small kid, because my cousins lived there between 1965 and 1971; they were always “the cousins in Canada”. They moved back to Sweden (from the US) in 1977, but I still think of them as my overseas cousins. They lived in Montreal, not in Toronto, and one of them moved back as an adult and lives in Vancouver now since thirty years.

In Minneapolis, I look forward to travelling down the Mississippi, meeting my wife’s second cousin Cathy with family, and seeing some Minneapolis fans I have met before at cons.

Next update will probably be from Toronto, or maybe from Reykjavík. Time will tell.