What a great trip. It is one of those things for which some benefits are immediately quantifiable, but for which many will show themselves a few years into the future.
On a very basic level, seeing how other countries regard contemporary art and how they situate it within their respective societies is interesiting and, in the case of the Swedes, instructive. And, hopefully, this will lead to some exhibition opportunties for us.
Helsinki seems like a place that is coming unto its own. Twenty years ago it was a dour place, but there is a tangible sense of emergence and optimism. The reaindeer was delicious.