Sorry sauna and cider review. Today was so great that I need to talk about it first. Right now.
TODAY WAS GREAT!
I mean, the whole trip has been great, but today was REALLY AMAZING!
I think it started out this morning with a change of attitude. Or maybe it started last night with my sauna detox and centering, I just didn’t realize it.
This morning I was awoken, again, by the same woman who has woken me up for the last three days. She was in her mid to late 50’s, and one of those chatty types. They’re great in hostels, typically, to break the ice and get all the shy kids talking. I usually love them. I don’t love them when they need to talk about their Danish study abroad at 8:00 in the morning in the dorm room. That’s how I woke up the first two days. To her nervous laughter and rapid fire chatter. This morning she didn’t have time to wake me up with chatter, her machine gun snores woke me up at 6:30 am instead. So I was a little disgruntled and inhospitable when I saw her in the breakfast room sitting by herself. I could have sat at another table, by myself as well, but that really would have been insulting in hostel culture. So I didn’t. I sat down across from her with a smile and took a sip from my coffee. And to my chagrin I had a delightful conversation about art, fashion, and aging that lasted until I just had to leave or I would miss my ferry to Estonia. OK Universe. Fine! She was delightful and I was no longer disgruntled.
That alone would have made for a good day. But wait, there’s more! When I arrived at the docks I discovered that ALL of the ferry trips were canceled for the day, due to rough seas. Yikes!
Not to fear! There was another ferry, a BIGGER ferry leaving in an hour and a half from the other docks . The docks across town? Yeah, those docks. “You can make it,” they said.
“OK, I’ll go for it,” I said.
“I’m going there too.” said the woman in front of me. “If you don’t mind a squeeze, you are welcome to ride in the car with us. We have room for another. I think if you try to take the tram you will not have enough time to change your tickets.”
Yep, THANK YOU Travel Angel! Travel Mermaid! Again you are there when I need you most. With the help of the Travel Angel and her boyfriend the driver, who happened to be from Estonia and recommended some good restaurants to check out, I arrived at the other docks with plenty of time to get a new boarding pass and stroll onto the BIG ferry with style and swagger. Or maybe just a little swaying as my top-heavy-backpack-laden self found her sea legs.
The ride and arrival in Tallinn were uneventful, and before too long I had dropped my things at the hostel. I was out roaming the streets in search of some grub when I wandered past the Opera House. Just like Helsinki, there was an Opera about to begin, this time Carmen, and this time I was able to get a rush student ticket in the ninth row for only $5.00!
How, you may ask, did I get a student ticket? Babson College, my alma matre, does not put an expiration date on their student ID cards. As long as I have to put up with people asking me what high school I go to (yep, about three weeks ago at a festival I was asked not once but twice what high school I was attending) I’m going to take advantage of my assumed student status and rock those discounts at every opportunity.
And that was my super amazing day.
1. New energy
2. New friend
3. Travel Mermaid
4. Practically free fantastic performance.
Remember, in travel and in life, the energy you put out is the energy you receive!