Last Day in Visby

Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
Trip End Sep 03, 2011

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Saturday, August 6, 2011

It looks like the gorgeous weather we've enjoyed, pretty unabated for weeks, may be coming to a close. We had cloud this morning and it felt fresher. I am typing this at 17:30 and the sun is out and indeed it has been for most of the day but the wind is blowing quite strongly which makes it feel cooler, especially when a cloud covers the sun. My reason for typing this now is that tomorrow we leave for Öland and we don’t know the internet situation there, so I will update the blog later this evening, if the wifi router at the library is still running even though the library is closed.

So what did we do today? Well we decided to go to the museum first, but their charges at £10.00 each seemed a little steep for a provincial museum so we opted out of that. We did however, find a fascinating book in the museum’s shop, published by the Council of Europe and entitled Hanseatic Sites, Routes and Monuments. This gives a history of the 500 years of the Hanseatic federation and gives brief descriptions of the most important Hanseatic cities and towns, many of which we have now visited. A good read if you’re an anorak and not a bad read for more normal mortals.

Back to the boat for coffee and then to the supermarket for supplies and then back to the boat for lunch and then out and about to see some more of this quite delightful town. Back to the boat for a cup of tea then off to the library to check emails and get the latest weather. This was when we discovered that it was closed but thankfully, they seem to have left their wifi router working, at least for the time being, so we could sit outside and get connected. The forecast definitely looks worse for us as of next week so we need to get off to Öland tomorrow. Even so, we are likely to have a lumpy ride, with winds of 20 knots and if they come from the direction predicted ie S – SE, it should be a fast crossing. Time, as always, will tell.

Whilst we were sitting on the bench with our computers, innumerable people came to try the doors of the library then go away. One chap asked 'why is it closed’ and I told him it was Saturday afternoon and he said ‘I thought it was Friday’ – a sailor thought I. And so it transpired, he runs a sail training boat based out of Stralsund and had just arrived. We had a chat about things and he kindly gave me his number, saying that if we wanted any assistance at all when we were in his area (he lives in Vitte, on the island of Hiddensee which we visited last year) to give him a call. His boat, Petrine, is a substantial 60 or 70’ metal ketch with wooden masts and otter boards, nice old boat.

Internet and chatting over, we came back to the boat to watch the comings and goings in this busy harbour, enjoying it all in the warm sunshine. I have now caught up with myself so I will pop back to the library to post this blog.
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