Ready, Set, Wait.

by Eli Hodapp

I’m totally packed, and aside from slamming my MacBook Pro into my backpack, ready to head out to the airport. But, I’ve got a few hours to spare. This is my least favorite thing about traveling, as I just want to get the show on the road. I suppose I could buzz up to O’Hare early, but that makes almost no sense. Hurry up and wait, I guess.

For the plane I’ve got Storm of Swords on the iPad, as well as a smattering of new movies, and my Nintendo 3DS with both Zelda and the new Mario game that just came out. I’m actually, as much as I hate to say it, sort of impressed with the 3DS. This is old news now, but the remake of Ocarina of Time couldn’t be better, and Super Mario 3D Land is great as well. It’s too bad the 3DS had such a horrid launch, as games of similar quality to this new Super Mario would have made a huge difference in getting the 3DS into customers’ hands.

I managed to find my old cache of euros from Paris, so that should save me Chase’s ridiculous $5 foreign ATM fees. I decided not to bother with transferring money to my Charles Schwab accounts1 since the main card I’m using these days just has a 3% flat exchange fee. That seems OK, especially with where the euro is at right now. I doubt I’ll buy much stuff in Finland anyway.

The best part about this trip is I really have absolutely no idea what to expect… But, tomorrow I’ll be in Finland!


  1. They have absolutely no fees on any foreign transactions, including even refunding any ATM fees that ATM operators charge. []