The idea about a trip to Stockholm already aroused
in Germany. The only open questions
were the time and the persons who would take part. At the beginning of September
we still hadn’t lectures at the university. So it was a good opportunity
to visit Stockholm, also because other exchange student wanted to join us.
We had to plan very short-term, because we made the decision to go to Stockholm
on Monday (08.09.03) and already wanted to go there at Thursday (11.09.03).
Our first idea was to fly with Ryanair, because they offered cheap flights
from Tampere to Stockholm. In the internet the price for both flights was around
100€ with fees. But we didn’t flow with Ryanair by chance. During
a computer course we met a Finn who told us that the airport is far away from
the centre of Stockholm (45 minutes). So we would have spend extra money for
the bus and that would have been in total too expensive. He gave us the advice
to take the ferry because there would be a disco and very much party. So we
searched information and chose the variant bus-ferry because a kombi-ticket
and a discount for students were available.
On Wednesday (10.09.03) we got our train tickets at the station. But the travel
agency, where we wanted to get the kombi-ticket, was already closed. So we had
to wake up the next day at 9 a.m. to go to the travel agency. There we finally
got a kombi-ticket for 100€. This included the bus tour and also the cabin
on the ferry. This was actually cheap. It was impossible to find a hotel for
a group of 9 persons in advance, so we wanted to find one in Stockholm.
On Thursday (11.09.2003) we met at 3 p.m. at the bus station in Vaasa. We were
all in a good mood. The journey began and we drove till Turku to cross there
with the ferry to Stockholm.
We arrived in Turku at 20.30 o'clock in the evening and the ferry left at 21
o'clock. We entered the ferry and went to our cabins, which were small but very
with an own bath and toilette. The cabins were constructed for 4 persons. Later
we went on deck and watched the cast off.
After that we walked through the ship and went to the Sports Pub to drink something.
We could also wish us some music so we chose Metallica – it became a little
bit embarrassing because in the bar were also older people.
Next we played a little bit with the gambling machines and went to the disco.
It opened later so we walked again a little bit around. Many of us already wanted
to sleep and went to their cabins.
I went with Sabine und Steffi to a dancing bar, where we saw young ladies contacted
by old men – very funny. I only say: “crazy people – crazy
In the morning we woke up, took a shower, went on deck and finally arrived in
the harbour of Stockholm on Friday (12.09.03).
Report 9: Journey There to Stockholm Journey
There to Stockholm