Tails of a Travelling Cat
The Finland-Baltic Edition
Greetings, humans! Well, don’t my blog entries seem to be becoming more frequent?! This travelling lark is really working out well for me and that can only be a good thing. So, where did we go this time? I hear you ask. Well, let me tell you. Our first stop was the wonderful Scandinavian-ness of Helsinki, Finland. From here, we then crossed the Baltic Sea (an experience I in no way enjoyed), into the three Baltic countries (unsurprisingly) of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Here we visited their capitals, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius respectively. And what made it easier for us was, as these countries were all in the EU and all used euros, there we no border checks and no faff with carrying different currencies. Free movement and a unified currency, isn’t being a member of the EU wonderful? Sorry, I’m not meant to be getting involved in human politics, it gives me a headache…
Instead, let’s talk about this trip, which had several ‘firsts’ and superlatives. The first first being that this was the first trip where we’ve travelled between countries without taking a train at all, I missed them. It was the first time either of us had been on a ferry which could more accurately be described as a small cruise ship. Now for some superlatives. Vilnius was the furthest East we have ever travelled (only just further than Sofia), Helsinki was the furthest North we have travelled in mainland Europe (beating Oslo by a sliver), Finland would be the last Scandinavian country we had to visit and this was the longest trip we have taken as a cat and solo human. Looks like we’ve achieved some ground-breaking stuff then!
For my readers who have been to any of these countries, consider it a chance to reminisce on good times. For those of you who haven’t, it’s time to indulge in a spot of armchair travel. That’s a useful new phrase I’ve learnt from reading a blog written by Charlie’s mum’s friend, someone who’s done even more travelling than I have, and I wanted to get those two words into the blog!
I suppose we should get on with the trip then!
Until then folks,