Trip Start Aug 29, 2006
106Trip End Dec 22, 2006
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We had double checked when we booked our ticket that we would be having a proper bus for this journey, but were still relieved when our bus turned out to be a huge modern double-decker, with heaps of empty seats.
The countryside in Lativa was slightly prettier than Lithuania only that it had more forests, but the land was still very flat. The heavy snow in the trees did help though. The border crossing was very easy, with no queue, and friendly enough officials coming on board to collect the passports.
On arriving in Tallin, we were very surprised when at 13:30 the bus pulled up right outside the Ferry station, exactly where we wanted to be. So we hopped off and went inside to book a ferry to Helsinki. The next ferry was at 14:00, and we were brought back to the reality of expensive countries when the price of the Ferry was more than three times the price of any other transport we have used for the last few weeks.
As we had been to Tallin before we were not that keen to look around, so we got on the 14:00 ferry. It was probably the nicest Ferry we have been on this trip, although there were still a lot of drunks on board. We are getting very tired of all the drunks in this part of the world.
It was only a 1hr 45min ride, and before we knew it, we were pulling into the Finnish capital. As we were walking off the boat, a Finnish man asked me to help carry his bag, which I did, and then helped him again carry it to his Taxi after Passport control. Karma then paid me right back as he offered for us to join him in the taxi to the Train station. We had been planning to walk, and when we saw how long it took us to get there by taxi, we were all the more appreciative for the lift.
We then booked the next leg of our Journey, an overnight train to the gateway to Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi. We still had a couple hours before our train, so walked around town. When we last came to Helsinki, it had been in Summer and was a hot day, so it was good to experience it in the cold (-1) with snow on the ground. We found a food court for dinner where we paid about double the price of last nights meal for a Kebab each and a drink. The price of everything did shock us, as I think we had become to used to treating ourselves in the cheap countries.