Baltic Sea

Twilight
ArchipelagoesPortDrinkingCartCaptainMy wife’s description of our baltic sea ferry experience.

“At the boat, we hustled up the gangway and were stunned to find that we had in fact booked a trip on some sort of crazy mini-cruise. The entrance opened into a huge, 3-story shopping arcade, with a casino at the prow and all sorts of bright lights beckoning us to shops and eateries from end to end. I thought instantly of the spaceship in Wallee. Just then, a parade of characters passed by, with Silja Line employees dressed up as a genie, some Moomin animals, and a pirate. Erich and I just looked at each other, shaking our heads and laughing. What had we signed up for?

Up top, we managed to snag a couple of deck chairs. We sat down and drank soda water while our deck compatriots broke out the booze and stripped down to their swimsuits. Scandinavians, they never miss a tanning opportunity! The rest of the ride was beautiful and fairly peaceful. The partyers wound down and dispersed as twilight came on. We took a brief detour to the duty-free store, where everyone else was loading up on alcohol; some had luggage carts full of beer.”


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