I made an audible during my trip, as a festival going on in Finland made every single hostel on hostelworld.com booked in Helsinki (and Tampere, too)! Not wanting to shell out $110 for a 2 star hotel, I decided to call a hot route — hot route! — and consulted skyscanner.net. Departure: Helsinki. Destination: Everywhere. After finding a cheap flight to Budapest, which is a perfect gateway to the Balkans, I departed from Tallinn, Estonia for a short day-trip in Helsinki prior to my flight.

The journey from Tallinn to Helsinki occurs on a “ferry”, which is really more like a cruise ship that doubles as a mall. Seriously. The views from the top deck, however, were freaking sweet, and I managed to kill a hangover with some coffee while taking in the views.

"And then we all bought yachts!!!" - MtB

“And then we all bought yachts!!!” – MtB

And in case you wanted a video version:

Eventually, the ferry docked in Helsinki and my quick day-trip commenced…with a stop at Subway since the food prices on the ferry were astronomical.

Notice how everyone is dragging a cart? The cart is full of alcohol since the prices in Tallinn are way cheaper.

Notice how some people are dragging a cart? The cart is full of alcohol since the prices in Tallinn are way cheaper.

I did the “free walking tour” outlined in my tour book, which brought me to the main outdoor market and some of the most popular buildings. I had my whole bag on me, so the walk was more like a workout, but my time was limited so I did my best to trek on. (I told myself “For the shire!” on more than one occasion.)

A big building.

A big building.

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