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Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End May 27, 2012

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Monday, May 14, 2012

This morning we were up early and took the taxi at 6:30 to The Ferry terminal in Tallinn.  We were greeted with another beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky.  We boarded the catamaran-style passenger ferry operated by the "Linda Line".  My Linda was proud.  When the boat got up to speed, someone said we were booking about 50mph.  I am not sure it was that fast but we were really moving.  We took the bus back to the Bible Institute to drop off our luggage.  We took the train to the train station. We tried and tried to buy tickets for at the kiosk while missing 2 trains.  We finally asked a lady coming off the train for help.  Every single person I have asked for help has spoken English quite well, if not exceptionally.  She told us we could pay the conductor.  He never came through the car so we didn't pay.  What a deal!

We took the electric trolley from the train station to the market and the ferry terminal.  We grabbed some lunch from the vendors in the market.  They offered the same thing we had for breakfast the other day but they were offering samples of "fresh water fish".  They had a huge pile of minnows about 2-3" long that had been deep-fried and they were offering samples.  They were absolutely whole fish.  I ate one but didn't find it very tasty so I declined a plate full.  Pat and Karl had made an appointment with the cousin of a friend in Anacortes that lives here in Helsinki.  We visited the brown cathedral in the attached photo but it wasn't open on Mondays.  Its location is significant as it literally sits on top of a rock outcropping that is filled with the church and its parking lot.  We sat on the benches along the promenade.  I could just see those benches filled in warmer weather while hundreds of people walked up and down the promenade.  I bought an ice cream cone and we took a catnap and visited while we waited for the appointed time to meet the cousins.  We had a drink in this cool glass-walled restaurant (see photo).  The cousin is a risk manager for Nokia, very nice and pleasant to converse with.  We took the train (he came through this time) back to the FBI (Finnish Bible Institute) and prepared for a workshop with some barbershoppers who joined us for a workshop. They were great guys and we had a great time.  FABS (Finnish Association of Barbershop Singers)  is fairly well organized here and we get to do a show with them tomorrow night.  They are really dedicated singers because not only do they have to learn the style, they do it in a foreign language.  We have enough trouble learning to agree on unified word sounds and we speak the language!  We finished up with ice cream and other treats.  I tried to upload a video to the blog until late last night without success.  I will try again.  
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