Post Cruise

We bunked down in Jumbo Stay hostel near the Swedish airport, Arlanda. The Jumbo Stay is a decommissioned 747 airplane that was gutted and turned into rooms for rent. It was easily the coolest hostel we’ve ever stayed in. Plus, there were free bus shuttles to and from the airport. The included breakfast began at […]

Stockholm, Sweden

Day 8

We’ve debarked in Stockholm. We’re at central train station sipping a cappuccino in order to get change for the lockers. Apparently, European credit cards have a chip in them and the machine couldn’t read our chipless cards. It’ll be far nicer to wander the city devoid of Fido and the Turtle Shell (my […]

Helsinki, Finland

Day 7

Today is our first rainy day. We hopped a tour bus from the ship. Our first stop was Temppeliaukio, the Church of the Rock. It was blasted out of a granite hill, topped with a copper coil roof, and glass windows. It’s a working Lutheran church. It was so crowded and swamped with […]

St. Petersburg

Day 6

We had to take a guided shore excursion in order to obtain a visitor visa for the day. While I would have liked to make it to a Cathedral tour – specifically the Church of the Spilled Blood – I just couldn’t make the times work. Instead, we took a 10.5 hour tour […]

Cruising Day

Day 5

We’ve changed our clocks three times now. Once to adjust to Oslo time. Once to adjust to Latvian time, and again to adjust to St. Petersburg time. We took sunset photos this week at 10:30pm and tonight at 11:07pm. Land of the midnight sun, indeed! It’s 11:16pm and it’s still not completely set. […]