Hello everyone! This morning we got up at 5:30 am and started driving towards Helsinki’s harbor where we took the boat over to Tallinn, Estonia! I have to admit I was a bit shocked about the boat, I haven’t been on many cruises but this one would have to be the worst one yet. Luckily it only took us 2 hours to get from Helsinki to Tallinn, so it didn’t matter that the ride over sucked!
So far we’ve had time to dine out twice, visit the old town twice and go shopping twice! I’m exhausted and I was thrilled to be able to take a bath and drink some hot chocolate when I got back to the hotel!
Tomorrow is going to be a loooooong day, we’ll be hitting the gym in the early morning before getting some breakfast and heading to the Christmas market! Hopefully we’ll have time to go to the old town for a third time before the boat leaves for Helsinki in the evening.
Gdansk was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-!! I have to admit I didn’t have too high hopes about the city and I really don’t know why. I think it’s because I just don’t see myself going to Poland because I barely know anything about Poland! Which is awful, there is really no excuse for being ignorant about the world around me and it’s something I try to work on every single day of my life.
Back to Gdansk, Gdansk was huge! It’s almost the same size as Helsinki!! The houses were stunning in the old town. All of them were colorful and had a special kind of architecture. Gdansk was also cheap (compared to Finland!), the food was tasty and the people we came in contact with were friendly.
I have 2 things to complain about though.
I couldn’t find any fresh milk to put in my coffee, not sure if I looked in the wrong places or if milk just isn’t a thing in Poland? I was offered some powdered milk though, not really the same as fresh milk.
We also had a terrible experience at a restaurant on our last night eating out. I have worked as a waitress and most of my friends have similar experiences so we really knew how much the restaurant was in the wrong. We decided to be nice and tip the waiter anyway, because we had literally been in his shoes. But he proceeded to yell at us because he thought he deserved more than the 10% tip we gave him. By then we all just decided to leave and conclude it being the worst restaurant experience any of us had ever had.
1. Oil on bread. Butter is not the go to option here in Spain for putting on bread, it’s olive oil.
2. Siesta. The stores and restaurants will close down a few hours every day for siesta. A bit unconvienent for me, who would like to shop and eat during those hours.
3. The traffic. If you don’t know what to do in a roundabout with more than one lane don’t bother driving. Parking is always tricky, being able to parallel park perfectly and fitting into small parking spots is a must.
4. Dinner time. Dinner in Spain is much later than in Finland. Finnish people like eating dinner at 4pm-7pm. Spanish people like eating dinner at 10 pm-11 pm.
5. Paying for bread. You might be eating out and the friendly waiter brings you bread. YOU MUST PAY FOR THE BREAD EVEN THOUGH YOU DIDN’T ORDER IT!!! Even if you don’t eat it, you will find it added to your bill. The bread won’t be very expensive, just a few euros, so it’s not a big deal but something to keep in mind when eating out.
6. Where is the milk? Why is there no fresh milk? The only milk I’ve been able to find is stored in room tempature and has a shelf life of 428482834 years.
While we were on our way to Ikea we decided to make a stop in Benalmadena. Paloma Park is right in the center of Benalmadena and it’s a large park with tons of cool stuff to see. There were chickens, turtles, peacocks and rabbits running around.
We also saw lots of different kinds of cactuses, some bamboo and lots of other plants. It’s also a go to place for picnics during the weekends among the locals.
I recommend this park for everyone, but especially families with small children!
Malaga was great! We took the train, super convenient because parking is always hard to find in Malaga. We walked through the park down to the harbor and admired the ships. Afterwards we walked over to the big cathedral and all the cute streets. We stopped for coffee and tapas at several places.
We also visited the outside of Picassos childhood home. There was a statue of him on the bench so I took a picture with him.
Ps, I might need to edit the pictures. I don’t know how much you can see in them when they’re circles. 🙂
Hello guys! I finally landed in Spain the day before yesterday and it’s been hectic ever since. I’ve been running errands with my grandparents, been eating lots, been to the city for some shopping and walked a ton of kilometers. I’m enjoying it so far, it’s a bit colder than I imagined so I had to rush out and buy a coat. We also had some trouble buying milk because they don’t have normal milk in Spain? I got some super weird almond milk (which is pretty alright in my coffee) because I didn’t trust the milk that was not even refrigerated to be real milk even though there was a cow on the box.
This was the view about 15 minutes before landing, stunning mountains! Today we’ll be heading into Malaga for some sightseeing and food. I’ll make sure to bring my camera so I can blog about it later. My phone is acting up with all the sunlight and the pictures are a-w-f-u-l.
Today I got to experience something totally new for me, being a tour guide! I have to confess I was a bit nervous in the beginning, especially when the buss drove away and I was standing with a group of strangers on the street… Luckily I had a classmate with me so I didn’t have to do it alone.
We showed them around Turku by foot and gave some background information about important landmarks. Let me just tell you this, there is SO much more you need to know than just the information and route!
- What do you do with people who walk slower than snails??? Are you supposed to chase them? Do you have to stop and wait every 100 meters??
- What about cranky people who don’t enjoy the tour? When you’re showing amazing views and they refuse to smile and just huff and look at their watch. Ouch.
- What do you do when people ask you weird questions that you really don’t know the answer to? There is always going to be that one question you can’t answer!
- Counting how many people are part of the group is a great idea, and do it in the beginning! Wondering if someone got left behind sucks.
Those were just 4 of the many things we were thinking about after our tour was over. I bet experienced guides have a few tips and tricks, but being a total rookie we sure didn’t know!