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Meet for breakfast at 9:45 and donâ€™t leave the table until just after 11. We pack and take our suitcases downstairs and then set off for the Vasa Museum which is extremely interesting. The Vasa is a ship that was launched in Stockholm in 1628 but unfortunately was badly designed and keeled over and sank shortly after launching, with 60 to 70 persons dying as a result. It was the first ship which had two decks for canons and the hull was not large enough, nor was there enough room for ballast, to counteract the top-heavy boat. The shipâ€™s designer was probably lucky he died before the boat was finished; how embarrassing.
In the 1950s the ship was rediscovered and salvaged in Stockholm Harbour in 1961 and the museum is one of those places thatâ€™s interesting even if youâ€™re not interested in ships. The Vasa is the worldâ€™s only surviving complete C17th ship.
We left the museum around 3, got a taxi back to the hotel, picked up our bags and went to the station.
Kelly and Jorisâ€™s plane left for Amsterdam at 5:35. I spent a couple of hours in a bar using the wifi (actually paying for it) before catching my plane at 8:20. Usually I refuse to pay and itâ€™s often free at airports. Stockholm sure is an expensive place.
On arrival at Helsinki I catch a taxi to the Hilton Strand, AUD257 pn, organized by travel agent in Oz......oh dear, I preferred the Bolivian hotel prices. Itâ€™s an hour later in Finland and after 1 before I go to bed.