Best Western Hotel Seaport
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Turku was a nice rest after the hectic pace of Stockholm. The weather was warm and sunny still. Turku is the 2nd largest city in Finland, the former capital, and a college town of about 177,000. Neither of us has been to Alaska, so it's also the farthest north we've ever been at 60 degrees North latitude. In early September, the sun is still setting after 8:00.
We had several problems trying to get a room via AirBnB. ...
Early afternoon, we met back up at the hostel to collect our bags and head to the bus station to catch our bus to Turku. We got cheap tickets with Onnibus, which means Happy Bus in Finnish and is the local discount Megabus-esque line. The trip took just over two hours, and the bus was comfy and had free WiFi. We had a quiet relaxing ride west, through landscapes that look an awful lot like Canada -- rocks and trees and trees and rocks and water. Yep, Finland's got 'em ...
... later that evening, so we hopped on a bus to the terminal where we were able to rent a locker to store the bags. With several hours left to kill, we walked the neighborhood around the terminal for a while before settling down at a pizza place for lunch. I was hungry and it felt good to just sit there relaxing and eating lunch, which was really good. We walked the long way back to the terminal through a huge park. By this time, our departure was getting closer. ...
... I'm prone to seasickness, which I typically counter by eating ginger cookies. I spent the whole trip in the bar on the eleventh floor. I relaxed, dozed and listening to a piano player and cool jazz tunes. It was a 10 hour journey through the archipelago and across the Baltic Sea.
In Turku I've visited a few churches, the parks (squirrel!), walked along the canals, bought fruit at the market, ...
... pool. Sure, by all means, if that's your thing, but I'd be bored out of my mind. (Plus I'd also be whale-sized in no time, with all that eating and no exercise. I need to be walking around a lot on my vacations.) Secondly, although I already knew this before, I hate having to run through interesting historical places. We visited the Knossos archeological site and Heraklion archeological museum on Wednesday, but didn't have time to shop ...