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... Here's a few highlights: The skipper told us all boats need to be put up on land during the winter as the sea around the coastline freezes from mid October. Because Finland is so close to Russia, defence is a very high priority. All men do compulsory military service at 18 and many of the islands we passed have military installations. Finland's most successful company is Nokia (but that was sold to Microsoft a few years back ...
... and stores where I can buy my water bottles.
I stepped out for a walk and supper only after 7pm at which time the sun made an appearance. It's going to be a rainy week, in fact, the regions I'm visiting are being hit by a system causing bad weather.
So far I haven't seen anything special. The city is small, clean and looks empty, feels safe and comfortable. There are many tourists and most locals speak ...
... ve thoroughly enjoyed my few days spent in the country, and would happily come back in a heartbeat.
The ferry cruise ride
So I thought I'd be taking a ferry to Helsinki. In actual fact, what we boarded after a hectic check-in at the ferry terminal was what appeared to be a giant luxury cruise liner. Seriously, the ship was enormous. It had 10 decks, a handful of restaurants, a nightclub, a casino, a giant duty-free shopping complex, and amazing views over ...
... on a ferry directly across the port from our ship. The ferry was as large as, if not larger than our ship and it was a 2-hour ride. My ship family was on the trip, as well as Lauren and Melinda, Leanna, Jenny & Katie. I spent more of the time with Jenny and Katie and my ship family, though. Estonia was beautiful!! I absolutely loved the old part of Tallinn. It was a medieval city built in the 1200s that reminded me very much of another medieval city I visited when I was ...
... us realise how blessed we are to have numerous empty golden beaches and clear sea along the East Coast bays in NZ.
Refreshed from our swim, we went to the Tintin Tango Cafe for dinner - a short walk away and a relaxed cafe which also has a laundry and a sauna! We were drawn by the Tintin theme which was basically posters on the walls, but it had a lovely bohemian feel and again very friendly service. I was brave and had reindeer quiche which was delicious.
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