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!
In Sweden, we not only get spring break, we also get fall break. All of the kids are out of school and many families take a week-long trip. Our family is one of these this year. We are going south to some warmer weather for a week (hopefully – if it doesn’t rain).
I see fall break as a “last hurrah” before the harshness of winter sets in here. We do our time change this weekend, right when the break starts and by the time we get back, we could have temperatures below 0.
It’s fairly cold already and I’ve been refraining from wearing my winter jacket because I know once I put it on, I have to wear it for 6 months straight. But I’ve already decided that when we get back from fall break, I will give in. Then I will acknowledge that winter is upon us.