Enroute: Stockholm and Estonia

Trip Start Jul 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 29, 2008

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

We arrived ahead of schedule in Stockholm shortly after 7:00 am.  Our connection isn't the best as we have to wait until almost 3:00 for our short flight across the Baltic to Tallinn. 
We decided to take the train into Stockholm and do some sightseeing.  As usual, the shock of high prices hits us.  The 20 minute train ride into Stockholm costs $20 each way.  That's one dollar a minute.  Tour bus companies offer tours that are all about $35 to $40.  It's not that prices in Sweden are high...(which historically they have been high), it's the demise of the dollar that's pinching us.  We didn't take the tour bus and just walked from the downtown train station to the Old City....about a mile or mile and a half morning walk.  Some of it was along the waterfront at cruise ships and ferries to points throughout the Baltic Sea.  We walked by the stately government buildings with statues, insignias to famous Swedish kings of years gone by
After being cramped onto a plane on an overnight flight, it felt great getting out and walking....just what we needed. 
After lunch we got back on the Arlanda Express train and took our dollar a minute train back to the airport north of Stockholm.
Again, our one hour 20 minute flight was uneventful .  It was on a small Saab turbo prop. 
What made things eventful in Tallinn is that one of our pieces of luggage did not arrive.  It never got on the plane in Stockholm.
We took a taxi to the bus station.  A double-decker bus was just leaving for Tartu.  Good timing.  Unfortunately, the keys to the apartment are in the missing suitcase.  Since Estonia is so well-wired I was able to find a wireless connection and was able to call the Lambert's back in New York via Skype to tell them of our plight.  They called friends in Tartu who had another set of keys and we were able to make arrangements to get into the apartment. The marvels of technology.  Estonia was one of 15 Soviet Republics until 1991 and a strategic location within the USSR that was off-limits to anyone from the west, even to people born there.  Now it's one of the most open and telecom-friendly countries in the world. 
After arriving in Tartu we walked the two blocks to the Pallas Hotell where our two traveling companions were staying.  Bev and then took the taxi to the Apartment, which we lovingly call "Johnnie's apartment."  Our luggage is to arrive Friday afternoon.
It was good to get to bed after being up more than 36 hours with only a cat nap here and there.
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