Train to Turku
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Turku is Finland's former capital at the west coast and according to
many, the most beautiful city in Suomi . We couldn't miss out on that could we?
So on our last weekend in the country, Ils and I took the night train out of
Joensuu to Åbo - as Turku is called in Swedish. (In case you forgot who
Ils is - she's also a Belgian exchange student - and after all the adventures
we lived through together, she became one of my closest friends!) Anyway,
"many" were right because Turku is indeed a very nice city with a
friendly "small town" atmosphere...
We had only one day to spend over
there, but it appeared to be sufficient to see all the sights. Turku houses one
of the oldest castles in Finland, in which lives - according to the legend
- a "Tomten" or a little troll like creature. Among many other
things, we also visited an open air museum; a reconstruction of Finnish village
life in the older days: all very picturesque and scenic. We basically
took it easy that day, strolling alongside the river and through the parks,
exploring the local market and enjoying the good things in life (meaning being
indulgent on ice cream and other sweets).
In the late evening, we took the
night train back to Joensuu, but as it was Sunday, it cost us quite a lot of
trouble, transferring and patience to finally arrive in our hometown
Savonlinna. A not so nice task was awaiting me there: packing up
all my stuff, taking all posters off and empty my flat.. because there wouldn't
be much time for that anymore later on in the week. Luckily I did it then,
because it indeed turned out to be a busy week. Wednesday we had our goodbye
party with Helena, our wonderful Portuguese friend. This time we didn't only
pig out on spaghetti and cake.. but on vodka - tropical juice.