Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
61Trip End Mar 01, 2011
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Once at the port checking in was painless leaving us with an hour till departure. Vanessa as always could not resist her food and ate her lunch at 11am but i kept mine for the trip.A piece of advice if you get this ferry - this is not what to do! As soon as we got on the boat we were greeted by signs telling us that there was a 10 euro fine for eating your own food so it might have been an idea to eat before
Having successfully managed to avoid getting caught eating my lunch and after a quite bumpy 1.30 hr journey we arrived in Finland. There is an open air market at the port selling local foods and crafts which was nice to wander around although covered in the biggest seagulls i have ever seen. There was also a covered market which sells all sorts of specialty foods like Reindeer. First thoughts was this is not for impoverished backpackers! It was £10 for a donner kebab. Also somewhat foolishly all we took was £20 in sterling and when Vanessa went to change it I somewhat uncharteristically shouted across the exchange bureau to stop her when i thought she was accepting their 5 euro service charge. I don't think i have moved that fast since i was about 16. So we had to make do with our 2.30 euro in shrapel left from Germany which was just enough to buy a scratty sandwhich from a turkish guy at the market.
Helsinki itself was interesting, there was a display of hundreds of bears in the main square called buddy bears they were giant painted bears donated from countries all over the world to highlight child poverty. Ours was slightly imperial being the only one of about 200 to have our flag on it and that was basically all it was. We also went to a oe of the oldest houses in Helsiki which had a temporary exhibition on night time it was meant to be a haunted house which would have been great if it wasn't all in Finnish!
After 5 hours we headed to the ferry port for the journey home and decided as nice as it was we would probably not go back for a while until maybe we won the lottery and could afford it!