I played Pat Medrado in the final of the Worlds came in second best. She beat me 60 62 but it was a 1 hour 45 minute match, lots of long games and rallies, but she won all the big points and most of the other ones! She has an incredible topspin backhand, moves well, and maintained tremendous intensity throughout. I played much better than the last time we played, and learned a lot. The moral victory was that our match was at least 30 minutes longer than the other finals, even though I had fewer games to show for it.
So, after the final, I was supposed to meet up with the gang, Susan, Vicki and Erin. Vesna is on her way back to Florida now.Shelly Works and I took the public bus. I got on the one to Centrum, as I had been told, (a new bus line for me), 550. Well, it was a long ride and we ended up at the wrong Centrum and had to take the Metro back, costing me about 30 minutes. I stored my racquet bag and got the tram to the waterfront. The tram of course was late and took longer than I expected. So I had about 20 minutes to find the boat to Talkin and buy a ticket.. I thought. Erin texted me directions.. Several (but unfortunately no photos!) and I found it, got my ticket, boarded and the boat started moving about 3 minutes later, 7 minutes early!
We had a nice view of the harbor in Helsinki as we left. And in just over an hour I will be in Estonia, another new adventure.