We’re on our way from London to Helsinki; once in Helsinki we’re supposed to catch a connecting flight to Turku. However, it’s not clear to me whether that’s going to happen.

We left late, and according to Expedia, had only 35 minutes to catch our flight to Turku; however, Finnair says we’re getting into Helsinki a full hour earlier than Expedia projected. It’s a muddle.

Now the only question is, does our flight to Turku actually leave when Expedia says– in which case we’ll make it with no problem– or does it leave an hour earlier, in which case we’re done for?

We’re going to find out soon enough.

I suppose there’s a chance we can catch a late train to Turku, which would be marginally better than being stuck in Helsinki for a day, but still far inferior to actually making to our destination.

We’re currently over Sweden, between Orebro and Norrkoping, and heading toward Stockholm.

This is the farthest north I’ve ever been. It’s 10:20 Finnish time, and the sun shows no inclination to go down. I wonder if it’s still going to be light at midnight?

My talk is coming along. I’ve got some really nice historical stuff that encourages us to rethink what we know about culture and innovation, and in particular forces us to pay more attention to the central role that manufacturing plays in both the creation of distinctive local cultures and the development of innovative products. Now it’s just a matter of weaving it all together. But that’s what long flights are for.

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