Travel is one of the things I love. If I’m not travelling, I am mostly thinking about it, hoping for it, planning the next trip or reliving my travel memories. Relive in this instance, means experience again often in imagination. So, allow me to relive my not so long ago travel experiences (last summer) with you. I’m hoping to read about your travel memories as well, the fun, the peculiar, the frustrating, the educational, etc.
Let me just say this, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
Spring season is normally the busiest with the planting, restoring and revamping stuff around the property on top of work and study commitments we have. But the best part after all that hardwork is the holiday prize.
So, we took a short break (about 3 weeks) travelling around Europe. Starting on the Eastern side where summer starts sooner compared to here, then worked our way back home up the West.
This was an adventure trip for me, as I’ve never backpacked before. I’m the kind of the girl who used to pack stilettos along just in case. Frankly, I thought this stuff is done by young students. Anyway, it sounded even more daunting when hubby told me all we needed were ferry and train tickets (we used InterRail) and if we find a place interesting enough we will spend some time there. This also meant we couldn’t book anything ahead, only made arrangements with friends we were visiting along the way.
Gosh! this was hectic – I am a list freak. I’ve got ‘to-do’ lists going all the time, planning and organising is what I do best. But for the first time, I thought oh well, why not?
Helsinki was our departure point. The weather for a change was sunny, warm and beautiful with a bit of cool breeze as we make our way to the harbour
Easy and quick process at check-in, the ferry is big with some nice facilities on board – restaurants, bars, lounges, gym, etc and to top it all…sauna. What a pleasure!
The sitting arrangement is cosy and roomy, no not cabins – we did not book one.
We are sharing this space with a group of Polish bikers who seem to be used to this way of travel and soon help us allocate lockers to put our luggages. We notice that they’ve brought their own food and drinks (beers) along, surely a huge saving on ferry facilities‘ costs. We could do this as well next time or maybe not, it could be too much hassle...making mental note!
Enjoyed drinks on the deck after having settled in and engaged in my favourite past-time, i.e. people-watching. I tried to figure out languages that were spoken, but of course some are much easier to identify, e.g. vodka, no…err I mean Russian. Luckily, the ferry seems to be popular to mature travelers (lots of pensioners), so it’s jovial but not reckless partying.
Till next time…
In the meantime though, I would love to hear what is your favourite past-time when travelling?