Last year an email address provided by an elderly relative on the east coast of the United States led to contact with cousins in Finland, which was followed by last summer’s visit and on-going communication via email and Facebook.
All of this led to the following partial exchange on Facebook:
- Me: $650 rd trip Mpls to Copenhagen in May. Trying to be responsible and not book tickets. . .
- One of several friends to comment: $650? That’s cheaper than driving to Oregon!
- One of the Finnish cousins: what´s holding you back? book the tickets to Copenhagen and from Copenhagen to Oulu (100€) and we´ll pick you up, you are welcome to stay as long as you want to…
- And: or we´ll come to copenhagen…
- Me: Thinking about it. . . (the fare still seems to be there)
- And then: Booked.
So now Lane and I are waiting in Copenhagen’s airport, watching for my Finnish cousins to appear. The internet has made the world a much more closely connected place. I think that is a very good thing.
(The cousins arrive while I am in the bathroom putting in my contact lenses. Somehow, without having met before, they connect with Lane and the three of them are chatting when I return. This is going to be a good trip.)