Yes you did.
The weather could certainly have been a lot worse, but the dust was unlike anything I recall having orienteered in before.
I wasn't even able to connect with people who I was chatting with on my phone so it was especially challenging to try to find people without any communication. Probably sorting that out in advance helps.
I think I made it to the blue balloon thing just after much of your team had been there but if you had arrived in town by then no one else knew it yet, based on the fact that no one even knew if you had been allowed on your flight!
The dust was surreal with head lamp. It was supposed to be al about depressions, but dust did steal the show. I wonder how healthy running there really was.
One never knowns who you end up meeting in Jukola by surprise. Sometimes it is old school mate you thought will never participate O event. This year it was jjcote!
But for some reason I always seem meet (by accident) bubo in Jukola and 25manna. Like now we were watching venla start and guess who happened to stand next to us.
I think bubo does a good job of a) seeking out people to say hi to, and 2) being out and watching all the action. Means he probably saw a lot of people I didn't! (I saw him a few times.)
It may have helped that I passed the Linne tent several times on the way to my own club tent.
Managed to meet all the 'old geezers' but totally missed the young generation. Saw someone finishing the last leg (?) but couldn't see who it was.
And of course bumped into Jagge.
I guess that it a classic Jukola venue (reused for inexplicable reasons), but I really didn't like it at all. The dust didn't help, but it was decidedly depressing. Like some sort of dystopian sci-fi. Orienteering runs into Blade Runner.
[Edit: Excuse my bad habit of occasionally sidetracking someone else's log into a me-focussed dissertation. I have transplanted my previous long digression in this space to my own log, where it belongs, and left the below much more succinct, and I hope relevant, comment in its place.]
Well I'd agree that the arena could have been better than that dusty, dirty, barren void left from the runway intersection of an abandoned airfield. But you can excuse the organizers for not expecting a months-long drought in Finland. And the surrounding terrain we got to navigate through was top-notch: runnable and technical.
I certainly don't mind reading about other people's experiences!
I thought this year's arena was good in a few ways, most importantly the amount of available open space. Jukola is so big that it can be difficult to walk around when the space is tight and bottlenecks form. In the past I have really disliked actually being in the arena at Jukola but that wasn't the case this year. Of course, I didn't spend the night or anything so my experiences were more limited.
Would have been better with less dust, though. :-)
I found the arena to be huge, but that's typical. I thought that the camping was closer than usual, which was probably nice for those camping. I also liked the area my team tent was in. You could run away from the arena to toilets, and then even take a dirt road around the outside of the arena to get to the other side, instead of having to cut through the middle. Also, as Cristina said, there were very few areas of bottle neck after they took down the first leg start chute. But yes, still blowing dust out of my nose.