Tallink Silja Isabelle Ferry from Stockholm’s Frihamnen to Riga, Latvia

London -> Harwich -> Hoek of Holland -> Amsterdam (Holland) -> Copenhagen (Denmark) -> Stockholm (Sweden) ->

Photograph Tallink Silja Isabelle Ferry from Stockholm's Frihamnen to Riga, Latvia by parentheticalpilgrim on 500pxAt Stockholm’s Frihamnen, ignoring the many signs insisting that passengers were to follow a coloured line, boarded the Tallink Silja M/s Isabelle just in time.

Photograph Tallink Silja Isabelle Ferry from Stockholm's Frihamnen to Riga, Latvia by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px
In a scene reminiscent of the Titanic, I had the cheapest ticket for a shared 4-bunk compartment in third-class, which was the lowest level of all, even below the cars. The other 3 compartment-mates were Latvian older ladies, who eyed me suspiciously as I greeted them. This was a harbinger of the wariness of strangers I would encounter throughout the old Soviet bloc.

Photograph Tallink Silja Isabelle Ferry from Stockholm's Frihamnen to Riga, Latvia by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Photograph Tallink Silja Isabelle Ferry from Stockholm's Frihamnen to Riga, Latvia by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px

Some of the best sleeps in my life have been aboard ships and boats. The rhythmic pounding of the waves, the knowledge that I am on a tin can in the middle of a vast body of water, should make me nervous, but instead I find this calming. Perhaps a relationship with him who stills the winds and the waves (Mark 4:41) is the reason.

Photograph boar meat and bear meat, Tallink Silja Isabelle Ferry from Stockholm's Frihamnen to Riga, Latvia by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px
The grocery shop onboard the ship sold cans of boar meat and pate and bear meat. Prudence won rabid curiousity – I already had a full load on my back.

Photograph reindeer sausage and moose sausage, Tallink Silja Isabelle Ferry from Stockholm's Frihamnen to Riga, by parentheticalpilgrim on 500px
Part of that load, happily, were sausages of reindeer and moose.

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