We have made it to the half way point of our epic trip and I thought it would be nice to re-cap the things that stand out the most, both good and bad.

Russia, Trans-Siberian Railroad test of endurance – Lets just sum it up like this; Six days, one hot meal, no shower and toilets that only worked half the time…

Krasnoyarsk platform April 7
platform vendor in Mariinsk selling Russian chicken – cold and tough

Helsinki, Traditional Finnish Sauna – Carl was the one that wanted to go to the sauna, I was a bit reluctant. I am not real confident in my body image these days and coupled with the pump that I have to wear all the time I wasn’t real excited about it. But it turned out fine and the dip in the Bay of Finland was actually exhilarating.

arriving in Helsinki from Saint Petersburg April 16
Loyly sauna Helsinki April 19 (in the lounge, between time in the sauna and the sea)

Tallinn, Restaurant Tchaikovsky – I purchased Carl a gift certificate for RT as a Christmas gift last year. I looked up dining locations in Tallinn and RT came up at the top of every list. We made a reservation for Saturday night April 21 at 6:00. It was one of the most memorable meals we have ever shared together. A thank you to Katarina for your subtle humor and expert knowledge of the good food and drink you served us.

scallop and cod course at Restaurant Tchaikovsky Tallinn April 21

Riga, Dome Hotel Spa Access – It completely slipped by me that the spa access to the Hammam and the Sauna was included in our room rate, and it could not have come at a better time. The weather in Riga, lets just say, it sucked! Cold and rainy almost the entire time we were there. So, we booked the Hammam on Thursday and the Sauna on Friday at 4:00 for two hours each stay. I am hard pressed to say which one I liked the most. Both came with an entire suite, showers, dressing areas, toilets and lounging areas that were entirely ours for two hours.

Dome Hotel sauna Riga April 27 (fully robed version)

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