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Silja Line Serenade - Stockholm to Helsinki

Hello from Helsinki where it's a frosty minus three and icy...

Arrived from Stockholm after a 16 hour boat trip on the biggest boat I've ever been on - it's huge. My 'deluxe' cabin on the Silja Line Serenade came with a porthole and the distinct smell of twenty years of seasickness (i.e. that unmistakable lingering acidic vomit odour). It was also equipped with a shower which somehow flooded my 5 square metres of 'deluxe' space and a minibar which I had been told before boarding was all complimentary. It contained- wait for it- 2 cans of beer and a can of water.

It was all going well until we actually sailed out of Stockholm... then the whole boat turned into some nightmarish cross between a floating pub and a floating Chadstone with a lot of exceptionally inebriated old Finnish men and screaming, ratty, children.

I had the rather unappealing choice of being outside on deck with cigarette smoke and a gusty Artic gale for company - or inside with vomit-infused carpet and bad Finnish rock from the mid-nineties... and all the while feeling just ever so slightly nauseated and vertiginous.

Sailed into Helsinki's Olympia Terminal at 10am the next morning and have truly never been so grateful to be on solid ground. I can't say that Helsinki has exactly dazzled me with it's splendour, but the coffee is strong and the people are friendly. I've spent two days shopping and walking and I'm starting to feel like I'm ready for a holiday sometime soon - but it's off to Russia/St Petersburg tomorrow on the train at the uncivilised time of 7:20am.


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