Today was an “Intro to Helsinki” day. Mary and I bought one-day Helsinki Cards, thinking we’d cram as many of the things that are covered by the card as we could into one day. It was a good idea in theory, but there was only so much cramming we could do, especially given that Mary was jet-lagged and that her shoes turned out to be unsatisfactory for walking on cobblestone streets.

The first thing we did was catch a guided bus tour. It picked us up two blocks from our hotel and took us around to see all the main sights. We had two stops along the way. The first was at the Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Church in the Rock (it was blasted out of solid granite and capped with a copper dome and skylight, and the interior ceiling is a spiral ribbon of copper 13 miles long. Very impressive. (It was built in 1969.)
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Saturday, 26 May 19:30

I’m on the ferry, about an hour from docking in Helsinki. We left Tallinn about five minutes before the scheduled sailing time of 18:00, and I’ve been looking for a place to plug in my phone on this boat because I was bad about conserving the battery today. I finally found a spot high up on the wall next to an elevator, so I had to sit on the floor and wait for it to charge enough to where I could unplug it and move to a more comfortable spot for blogging.

I absolutely loved Tallinn. It might be my favorite city I’ve ever been to in Europe. Partly that’s because of things I wrote about yesterday: the cobblestone streets, parks, and overall charm of the old town. But it’s also the people, and not just the people I met, but the spirit of the Estonian people, which I find so inspiring.
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