At a party a few weeks ago where I happened to be the designated driver, this was one of the drinks served. I chose the right party to volunteer to not drink alcohol.
We took a short trip to Tallinn, Estonia this week on what some people call a “Booze cruise.” In Stockholm, there are several short trips you can take by ship to Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga. It’s 2 nights on the ship and one day in the city. The best part is that it’s insanely cheap! How is it so cheap?
They make all their money off the Duty Free shop!
While my family and I take advantage of these great deals to visit another city, there are many people in Sweden who simply go on these cruises to stock up on cheap alcohol.
For those who don’t know, the only place to buy alcohol in Sweden is at the government run Systembolaget stores. I think this is a great system, but that’s for another post. The reason why this is significant for this post is because the prices are a bit expensive. So people go on these cruises and stock up on alcohol once they get far enough out to sea, bringing it back in little trolley carts.
I snapped a few photos when we were disembarking this morning in Stockholm:
Our family, on the other hand, does everything we can to avoid buying anything on the ship. We brought our own food to eat in the cabin both ways, because the other way this ship makes money is from the overpriced restaurants. And when you are a family of 4, that can get very expensive. We were quite happy with our meats and cheeses (with a glass of wine in a plastic bathroom cup for the adults).
It was a successful and cheap vacation. The only things that cost for us were lunch in Tallinn and the furry Russian hat my son wanted to buy. Not bad!
Last winter, our family went to Prague for the Christmas market. We discovered a wonderful thing about Christmastime there – they start selling hot wine at 10 in the morning! No wonder the entire city was so happy! Stockholm needs to catch up with this. In fact, the whole world should catch up with this. The Czechs know how to make the holiday season a stress-free one. 🙂