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The bus was in Lahti quarter to seven in the morning and as I was the only one to join the tour from here we continued the trip straight away. We had a stop in Iitti so those who wanted could have breakfast in the restaurant, have a ciggie or just strech their legs. Some people joined us in Kotka and then the bus was full. As we got closer to the border we could see tens or even hundreds of trucks on the road side queuing for the customs. This is an ongoing problem due to the Russian bureaucracy, and it seems that they change the regulations from day to day. We waited a couple of hours in the customs before our passports were checked and stamped, I still cannot understand why they have to make bus loads of people to wait when they could do everything quick and smoothly. Soon after crossing the border the bus stopped at “forest market” as we called it. An estate car full of cigarettes, spirits, beer etc. A money exchanger entered the bus there too. If the busdriver hadn't said that he was trustworth I would never have dared to exchange money with him! We exchanged 100 euro between us and it was enough. It was difficult to estimate how much we would need and we didn't want to get too much because the Russians don't exchange rubles back to euros! Before arriving Vyborg we still stopped at one supermarket where most passengers bought potato chips (crisps), soft drinks, spirits, beer and cigarettes. We didn't go there but waited in the bus.
For many years, especially after our father died, we have been planning to visit Vyborg, which used to be Finland's secord largest city until we lost it to Russia in World War II. Our mother worked there in the Round Tower as waitress when she was a young woman and she used to tell us stories about it and we loved to listen to them. Unfortunately we didn't ask when she was working there and why she went there and now there is nobody who could answer these questions. Anyway it made us want to go to Vyborg or Viipuri as it is called in Finnish. We found a tour which left from Nokia so my sister and her partner could got on the bus there and I in here Lahti.
(Written about our short stay in Vyborg in 1998) On our way home from St. Petersburg the bus stopped in Vyborg for a couple of hours so those interested in buying cheap things were able to do so. For my sister and I Vyborg meant a city where our mum used to work before the war. She was waitress in the restaurant in the round tower. Had we had more time we would have wanted to explore more of Vyborg, which once was the second biggest city in Finland, but we had to leave it to another time.
- Pros:You can feel history everywhere, people are friendly, cheap
- Cons:Streets are in bad condition
We didn't stay in this hotel, but know that many Finnish groups stay there and I've heard good reviews about it. more travel advice
I only know that these are ruins of a cathedral but I haven't found any information when there has been a cathedral here... more travel advice
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