Finding the boat to Tallinn

Trip Start Dec 23, 2006
Trip End Jan 07, 2007

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Let me tell you, Helsinki has been treating us nicely. The weather was perfect until now. (Now it isn't anymore, but things can't be perfect all the time, can they?). Because of global warming (and the heavy down jacket Mari brought for me from the North) we didn't freeze to death (as we had expected earlier).

Today I spent three hours looking for the right port. We want to go to Tallinn (Estonia) by boat. So I walked to the South Harbour (which I thought was the West harbour) in order to buy some tickets from a carrier called Tallink. When I arrived at the ticket counter, they told me to walk two km in "that" direction. "Just follow the beach". I did. It took me two hours. Exhausted I arrived at the West Harbour of Helsinki (which I previously thought to be the South Harbour), bought those damn tickets and hopped on a bus back to the hostel. It only took 10 minutes.

Life could be easy, if I would have asked someone before. If I wouldn't have thought to know it all. Because of global warming and this heavy down jacket of mine, the day has been quite warm and rough. I returned to the hostel all in sweat. Oh well. What a finnish experience. At least I noticed that Helsinki has a very beautiful beach. It must be even more beautiful in summer, when the weather isn't so grey.

We're off to Tallinn tonight. 18:30 with Tallink. One ticket for students is 17 €. Notice that they have a 5 € service charge now for every booking. (i.e. you pay 5 € extra when you purchase your tickets at the counter). Their website is:

Greetings to all of you Christmas survivors. :-).

by the way, I'm still taking photographs. Actually I'm taking more photographs than ever. Only that I don't have the time anymore to put them up here. You can see some of them here:

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Just search for the places I have been ("Helsinki" or "Paris"). Mari puts up a lot more pictures than I do and she's getting better and better. Sometimes I look at her pictures just to get some new ideas, because her ideas are much more original than mine ;-). Check our here travelpod at
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