Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki
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... we passed a bunch of Semester at Sea people before reaching the rest of the family. Everyone was cracking up...it was hilarious! When we got there, all the kids took turns pushing baby Cole in the stroller.
Ice cream was delicious—I had apple cinnamon and chocolate. We stayed in the beautiful area by the ship that had a beach, sailboats parked at a pier, rocks to climb on, a putting green for mini golf, a skateboarding park, and people biking in a special biking lane. ...
... two hours. She lived with us for six weeks in the summer of 1989 and stopped through Peru during a visit to the US in '95...so almost 20 years since I've seen her!! So glad we reconnected through Facebook. It's nice to know we have friends all over the world because of our family's exchange students. Colin and I had a dinner reservation that night, so we said goodbye to Mari and family and walked to the restaurant, Juuri. I made ...
... this was it. The beginning of our Russian/Mongolian/Chinese leg. A long time in the planning, and so far so good! Checked in and boarded, and found our cabin, which was bigger than we'd expected, and also had a window. Sat outside and enjoyed the sun for a while. A lovely afternoon to be sailing out of Helsinki.
Dinner at one of the restaurants followed by on board entertainment, caught up on the blog etc. Not sure how we'll get to the hotel ...
... maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but the old definitely outweighed the young on the ship. There was frivolity and fun to be found in the bars, lounges, and gambling corridor, but none of it was too raucous. Seeing as how I'm a Cranky-Old-Man-in-Training, it met my tolerance level and never exceeded it.
The first night, we opted for the dinner buffet, where I very nearly lost my mind. I hadn't seen that much meat (or food in general) in quite some time. And the best ...
... challenge yourself ever more with the Nordic Walking. We did neither of these.
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Rock Church - Temppeliaukion Kirkko which was hewn into solid granite.
Then we visited an ice bar. Be sure to view all the pictures of us in our snowsuits!! We rode vicariously on a dog sled through our friends, Sue Campbell and Vanessa ...