February 16th, 2005 – by: hjbk
Our boat from Sweden to Finland
Well, on February of 2005 we started to travel from the Netherlands to Finland, and with the train to Russia. St. Petersburg to be exactly. We visited a few friends in Finland, which we gain in the years before. My sister, Christine had studied Finnish and Russian in Finland, and lived there for a year. And my parents, my other sister and I love Scandinavia very much, so when we could, we would travel north. To keep it cheap, but also to know the people there, we stayed at the houses of our friends. Christine arranged that. And, I have to say, it's far more nicer than to stay at a hotel. If you're visiting the people, you get to know the culture and the habitats more than in a nice hotel! So after 3 day's of travelling with car (we stayed one night in a house of a Swedish friend, and one night at the boat from Stockholm(S) to Turku(Fin)), we arrived in Finland.
One of the old streets of Naantali
Visiting al kind of places, meet new people, and we learned about Finland. The city of Porvoo is very nice to visit. It's one of the oldest places in Finland. Unfortunately, the very old church in Porvoo, burned to asses in 2006, but I got to see it still in it's original state. :-) We also took a swim in the swimming arena 'Serena'. If you like swimming, you should go there, but also with kids it's very nice to visit. They have al kinds of slides! We first stayed in Turku a few days with friends of us. Then we travelled further to a town called 'Nummela' to stay there also by friends. It was very nice to see them again. We visited a old village on the coast which was called 'Naantali'. It had many old streets with little wooden houses, very nice. And already the next day, with our tummies good stuffed, we drove to al little village called 'Savero', in the neighbourhood of 'Kouvoula', where we should step on the train to Russia, St. Petersburg. In Savero, we saw the northern light. It was awesome! Really, very fascinating! A nice way to say goodbye to Finland, because the next day we were ready to go to Russia.