Long weekend in Poland

p1010869Tallinn and Stockholm are probably the most popular destinations for weekend getaways from Finland – close and easy. But for a change we decided to head to Poland, to Gdansk, for a long weekend with J. It’s surprisingly fast and cheap: Wizzair flies there from Turku in a bit over an hour. Flights + 3 nights in a hotel with breakfast was only 150 euros per person so the price tag isn’t bad either.

I’ve been in Gdansk once before, so I had seen the most important sights. Relaxing, eating good food and doing fun things were now on the top of my to-do-list. Poland is a cheap destination for a Finn so to get the most out of it, we decided to visit an Escape room – those are relatively expensive in Finland. Visit to the European Solidarity Centre made sure our hunger for culture was fulfilled.

Btw, I’m starting to think getting aΒ mini-SLR was one of the best purchases I did last year! It’s so light, really saves energy and space when traveling. The pictures don’t turn out quite as good, but good enough – for holidays shots anyway! πŸ™‚

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This Year

IMG_7308Looking back, this year seems to have been mostly awesome. So many great experiences, some amazing trips, and a few dreams that came true… Feeling quite blessed! What I tried this year, was to follow my heart and dreams. And as I have noticed myself and with few of my friends that have been doing that too, it really pays of.

The year started with K in Nicaragua with a freelance-work trip. Then I continued for week in Minnesota, and I'm glad I did.

The year started with K in Nicaragua with a freelance-work trip. Then I continued for a week in Minnesota, and I’m glad I did.

For example, to tell you the truth, when we booked to the flight tickets for the mini US-road trip with K last spring — that’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years all ready — I wasn’t sure I’ll have money to go through with the plan. Then, like a miracle, I got a job for fall and the problem was solved.

In February I got to spend couple of days in my all-time favorite: Stockholm.

In February I got to spend couple of days in my all-time favorite: Stockholm.

Next year seems busier than ever work-wise, so I’m happy I have had the chance to see so many great places this year. That’s always the dilemma with traveling: no work, no money, and if you have money, no time because of work. So I’ll doubt I’ll be a lot more on Finnish soil the following year, even though I wouldn’t mind a few get-a-ways… We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. πŸ˜‰

In May we escaped to Poland, Gdansk for an extended weekend with my parents.

In May we headed to Poland, Gdansk for an extended weekend with my parents.

summer passed by living and working in Helsinki but we managed to match our days off with J, and escape to the other side of the bay, Tallinn.

Summer passed by living and working in Helsinki but we managed to match our days off with J, and escape to the other side of the bay, Tallinn. Next summer I’ll spend the vacation from my permanent job for working in Helsinki again.

September, living the American dream, or more like my dream, with K!!!! <3

September, living the American dream, or more like my dream, with K!!!!Β  I counted we spent a month together on American grounds with K this year, if you count Nicaragua and the time in the US. Hope there’s new adventures ahead of us too, even though it will be hard to compete with the places we saw this year!

Since September I've been firmly in Finland. But it's okay, because from the beginning of February I've had this pile of hair to brighten up my days. Life never get's boring with a chihuahua.

Since September I’ve been firmly in Finland, but it’s okay, because from the beginning of February I’ve had this pile of hair to brighten up my days. Life never get’s boring with a chihuahua.

Apartment Neptun

Just for the love of pink and light green colors I have to make an extra post about our apartment style accommodation in Gdansk. We stayed in Apartment Neptun on Dlugi Targ (even though the entrance is from ul. Kusnierska). And I must say, the interior design had a lot of Ikea(-like?)-choices I could have made in my own home too at least color-wise, despite some tasteless glass “art” on the walls and the yellow paint…

The good sides in apartment hotels are that you can cook and they are normally cheaper and more spacious than normal hotel rooms. Though, there’s no reception or any kind of service then available. Even though I thought the interior decor was kind of nice and cozy (and I mean nice, not marvelous), I can’t really recommend this specific apartment to anyone who wants to sleep at night and doesn’t own good earplugs. The noise from the bar downstairs was really — I mean REALLY, “can it seriously be so vociferous all the way to fourth floor” — loud.

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The kitchen. There was a modest breakfast in the refrigerator.

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The bathroom was really stylish, just too dark for my taste.

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My parents bedroom for the stay.

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Some neat details.

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And the living room, also known as “my room” and the tv-room.

 

GdaΕ„sk

Or Danzig… What can I say, it was beautiful (at least the old town), yet cold and rainy. There’s not a lot of times you can fly back to Finland and it’s warmer here, but this time it was. That’s why most of our time in Gdansk we spent inside or looking for a place where we could get into to hide from the rain and cold. So some sightseeing, lot of shopping and even more eating to sum up my last few days.

Camera stayed a lot in my bag because of the weather, but here’s some shots of how Gdansk appeared to me on my first visit there.

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Dlugi Targ, the centre of old Gdansk.

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Too many decorative things and delicious cakes!

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Famous Neptun fountain in centre of old town.

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View from the top the tower of “Bazylika Mariacka”, one of the biggest churches in Europe. The climb was worth it.

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My hippie it’s summer but it’s freezing -look. πŸ™‚

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Oh, those houses, see the rooftops?

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The beach in Sopot. Our plan was to rent bicycles and cycle from Gdansk to Sopot, but the cold weather made us take the local train SKM instead. It was easy to travel with and I got stop in the biggest mall of the three-cities area, Galleria Baltycka on the way back. πŸ˜‰

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It’s windy on Europe’s longest pier in Sopot. Had no idea it costs to visit the pier, but I guess that’s tourism. 7 zlotys wasn’t bad for the view…

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Cute little mysterious park in Sopot.

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Loving the canals in Gdansk!

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My nightly atmosphere and view to Dlugi Targ from the hotel window.

On My Way

Before tomorrow morning I should perform a small miracle and fit all of the stuff in the picture — and more — to the small brown bag also partly in the picture. Can it be done?

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Well, I guess we’ll find out soon enough, since at 7 am I’m taking the train to Turku and heading to the airport to leave for Poland! Troubles in packing are the result of my stingy-nature, we’re flying the budget airline Wizzair and a checked in baggage would have cost 15 euros extra for me. So I thought I’ll survive, until I found out my normal trustworthy pink carry-on roller is too big on Wizzairs terms… Well, if I find a lot of must-haves in Gdansk, mom and dad get to operate as my carriers on the flight back, deal? πŸ˜‰

So it’s only a three days get-away (coming back Saturday) with my parents to see a little bit of Poland and celebrate mother’s day (late) and I guess it’s also a late-birthday present for me. So off we go, yay! πŸ™‚