What a day!
Lunch in the Prague airport. (there were some unpictured plane treats as well…it was a munchy day!)
Sweet little trip! I love following the airplane on the screen… this time, I followed it with a lump in my throat. In a few days, I will be taking a similar path across Europe—except in a bus!
Hooked up in Helsinki! Those of you who know me know that I love to travel. The reason I can afford to travel, in addition to saving my pennies and dressing like a clueless third grader, is that I don’t travel in style. I look for supercheap flights. I stay in hostels. I buy dinner at the grocery store. I do spend money experiencing a place, but I don’t spend money on sleep. I have slept in airports, on trains, on a ferry, and in some scary hostels. (Honestly, most hostels are absolutely beautiful, but I’ve hit a few rejects.) On this trip, I will add sleeping on a bus to my repertoire.
When I started planning this trip, I played around with my route and my dates for so long that by the time I went to find a hostel, they were all booked. Panicking only slightly, I called my mom to see if she had some hotel points she could spare for my trip, and she hooked me up. Thanks mom!!
I will be dreaming about this room from the bus in a few days!
Had a little snack’n’tv break before I set out to explore the city!
After enjoying some subtitled Oprah, I set off for a long walk around the city. After a day of plane travel and waiting in airports, I needed to stretch my legs, and I walked around the city for about two and a half hours.
Helsinki is beautiful in twilight, and I saw some lovely sights—including people Nordic-rollerblading!
A little 50-cent potty break on the trek. Insert money and the door swings open.
I prowled around the city for awhile, purposely getting lost and getting out of the touristy areas. I happened upon a little festival. Ignore the world’s worst picture; I didn’t want to set off my flash and get yelled at in Finnish 😉
and just for laughs…
The day ended with a grocery store dinner in my swanky hotel room!
I needed some salad after a day of sandwiches and treats! This salad was perfect: some seafood, peas and lettuce, and a little pasta! Hopefully, I will get to try some more interesting foods tomorrow. I bought that little bread (looks like a mini-pie) because it looked interesting. I had never tried anything like that before, so I assumed it had to be Finnish. The outer ring tasted like pizza crust and the filling was rice and cheese. It almost tasted like rice pudding but a bit more savory. Now, I’m enjoying some free-from-the-minibar sparkling water and OJ because we swanky people in the executive suites get perks!