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  • Day12

    More lakes in Lakeland

    September 24, 2016 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    After a night of self destructing and consuming McDonald's for the first time in years and waking up hating myself, it was time to leave Jvyaskala and drive east towards the Russian border to another small Finnish town - Savonlinna.

    As Jamie pointed out yesterday, my new Finnish culinary faves - Egg Butter (essentially boiled eggs mashed up and combined in butter) and unlimited breakfast Frozen Yoghurt were consumed amongst a room full of heavily bearded and tattooed Finnish metal fans to power the 207km journey. Luckily, I decided against wearing my Justin Bieber tour shirt this morning and opted for my heavy black eye liner instead. We quickly departed with Teemu before he was converted to listening to Iron Maiden and started wearing Anthrax t-shirts and before we knew it we were zig zagging through countless lakes, pine trees and countless speed cameras, which seem to be located approximately 100m away from one another. Teemu remained quiet in the cheap seats while Jamie and I discussed global news and the quality of Finnish coffee at truckstops. My take was that the coffee out of the thermos was actually quite good, all things considering. Jamie thinks I've just forgotten what good coffee tastes like.

    Speaking of truckstops, the lowest octane petrol here is 95 and averages €1.35 (compared to UK prices at £1.10) and the average speed limit on the open road is about 100 km/hr which causes my inner Lewis Hamilton to scream with boredom.

    Another interesting Finnish fact is that summer lasts for approximately 2.5 months from Mid June to August, where they appear to charge extortionate fees for everything including parking in central areas. As we are now in the Finnish Winter, all towns seem to close down while the Finnish go hibernate in their naked saunas for the remaining 9.5 months of the year and parking is free or greatly reduced in price. Just as well - we will need to save our hard earned pennies for our extortionate dinner with salad leaves made of gold.

    We arrived in Savonlinna at about 1.30pm, which funnily enough is another beautiful little lakeside town. The hotel was completely void of human life and resembled a Stephen King horror setting. We quickly dumped our bags and walked the lakeside waterfront to check out "Olavinlinna Castle" where they offer English tours on the hour. Building of this castle started in 1475 when most of the modern day Finland belonged to the Kingdom of Sweden. Like most castles in Europe, it was used for defensive purposes against the Russians and the Swedish but like any good castle it also served as a prison for those Scandinavian Baddies.

    The afternoon was spent relaxing in the hotel drinking cider and beer named Karhu until dinner which consisted of the cheapest salad and pizza we could find and it still nearly cost us €50 for dinner with a wine each. I am really starting to think that my McNuggets are nutrient dense and should be consumed as an everyday food instead of rarely. I might get fat but at least i'll be fat and richer.

    No day in a new country can be complete without learning new words. Kiitos is Finnish for Thank You while Moi Moi is Bye bye. I think that is the cutest way of saying Bye Bye I have ever heard. Also, "Teemu" is a top Finnish Boy's name.

    Mojito Update: Still no Mojitos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ankle Update: Swelling pretty much gone, still bad bruising, walking down hills/stairs is hard
    Phone Update: Still in Poland apparently...

    Moi Moi!
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  • Day26


    August 17, 2016 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Die Burg in Savonlinna gilt als die am besten erhaltene Mittelalterburg in Nordeuropa. Gebaut 1475 und bis zum Frieden von Turku 1743 immer wieder von Schweden und Russen umkämpft. Im Jahre 1809 wurde Finnland als autonomes Großfürstentum mit Russland vereinigt und die Burg verlor ihre militärische Bedeutung.
    Das Wasser umströmt die Burg so stark, dass keine Eisbrücke zum Land entstehen kann.
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    So endlich mal gescheites Wifi und ich lese zum ersten mal euren Bericht. Das Wetter wär mir grad zu kalt, aber sonst....Ich denke mal, noch ist ein bisschen wärmer für uns, 3 Grad südlicher Breite, gleich gehts zurück. Savonlinna 1992, Erinnerungen kommen auf...Grüße aus Manaus und bis die Tage

  • Day5

    Olavilinna kindlus

    July 29, 2017 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Sattusime kindlusse minema samal ajal kui seal toimub Olavipäeva ooper. Järjekord oli hästi pikk kuna sild kindlusse oli lahti, et puidu laadungit vedav laev läbi lasta.

    Kui lõpuks sisse saime, tuli välja, et ainult täna on Olavipäeva puhul giidiga tuur 1€ inimene. Meid juhatati ruttu juba käimas tuuriga kaasa.

    Kindluse ehitust alustati 1475 ning sai Rootsi ja Novgorodi piiriks. Tornid ehitasid kõrgemaks venelased, kes vallutasid piirkonna 1714. aastal.

    Mingi aeg kasutasid venelased ühte torni püssirohu laona - seda torni pole enam :)

    Torni üleval tipus on väljapoole ulatuvad väiksed platvormid, need on vetsud, kus jalgevahelt on hea vaade (viimane pilt on vaade poti põhjast).
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  • Day5

    Auf zum Herzen von Saimaa

    December 30, 2018 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    Man sollte wirklich früh aufstehen, wenn man im Winter solch Strecken wie von Helsinki nach Savonlinna (und am selben Tag zurück) auf sich nimmt (wobei man zusätzlich noch bedenken sollte, dass von einem zum anderen Ort die Sonne noch eine Stunde früher untergeht - ca 14:30uhr)..Auf dem Weg zum Ziel ging es vorbei an immer tief verschneiterer Landschaft, zahlreichen Wäldern, sowie zugefrorenen Seen und den teils ziemlich abseits gelegenen roten Holzhütten. Trotz zeitweiser Einöde (welche keineswegs langweilig anzuschauen war), ist man doch erstaunlich vielen anderen Autos auf der Straße begegnet..Die Strecke ist klar ziemlich weit und man sollte gern Auto fahren :) (besser noch eine Übernachtung mit einplanen), es hat sich jedoch allemal gelohnt, wir waren wirklich seeeeehr begeistert..Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Savonlinna, سافونلينا, Савонлина, Nyslott, SVL, サヴォンリンナ, 사본린나, Савонлинна, Савонлінна, 萨翁林纳