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Feeling much lighter without the camping bag, we headed to the bus stop to catch the bus into town, and then to the ferry terminal, ready for our trip back to Helsinki, and our overnight ferry to St Petersburg.
All went to plan until we got off the tram at the stop nearest the terminal. We were catching a different ferry line back, to fit in with the time schedule for checking in for the overnight trip to St Petersburg, ...
... 9:30 the next morning and grant us about eight hours there before we'd begin the voyage back to Stockholm.
Jaclyn and I had never been on a cruise ship before, and while we didn't know exactly what to expect, we had heard the Viking Line ship referred to as a "party boat" by several students, which conjured a certain image in our minds. And while there was definitely a party atmosphere, it was less "college party" and more "senior center fun-time excursion party."
... a shopping centre or an appartment block.
After that I walked to the Olympic Stadium. I'm not into sports but you can go up the Olympic Tower and have a beautiful view over the city. It was worth the five euros I had to pay and since it was the only thing I actually had to pay for it did not impact my small budget too much.
As I said, mainly food is expensive so most of my money was spent on that.
Then I went back to the habour ...
... b) restoration of various parts of the island which have fallen into disrepair.
These entertained me for 2-3 hours so, if you enjoy a leisurely stroll/picnic/coffee/all of the above, then you can happily while away a day here before getting the ferry back to the mainland.
Unfortunately my return train and day job called so it was back off to the train station for me, I'll make sure I get back in the summertime and check this place out properly!
... perfect condition and Ari and I loved seeing it up close. Our other very important stop was the Bjorn Borg shop where we both stocked up on some very comfy and pretty expensive undies. I am converted, they are amazing!
Turku - As mentioned earlier we are now in Finland. The ferry was a much better then expected experience as we got our own cabin, shower and toilet. Life is so much easier with an ensuite particularly, when several eggs were consumed for dinner. We ...