upper deck of the ferry being loaded at night

Somehow, we spend an inordinate amount of time on an inordinate number of ferries, lately. Just three weeks ago we took a boat to Newcastle, for a few week’s travel in Scotland, which also included the Orkney Islands – only to be reached by more ferries, indeed. And now we board the Finnmaid, a huge ferry that takes us in a little over 30 hours from the German port of Travemunde to Helsinki. Comfortable, a very relaxed way of traveling. Except that we leave in the middle of the night, 2 am, but that is only a minor inconvenience.

the harbour of Travemunde contains lots of trailors awaiting despatch by ferry

three small tractors are assisting the loading of the trailors

Encouraged by the fabulous weather we have been having lately, I had brought my shorts, ready to enjoy a day’s sailing on the sun deck, outside. But when we wake up, everything outside is white, we are in the midst of dense fog. No view, no sunshine, and actually not very warm either. We limit ourselves to the onboard sauna and jacuzzi, instead, and to the sumptuous buffet brunch and dinner being served in the almost deserted restaurant. It is not very busy on the boat, holiday season is over for most.

Finally, towards the evening, the fog dissolves, and we have a sort of a sunset, although still mostly obscured by clouds.

finally, at the end of the day, a bit of sun

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