… “our booze cruise” on Friday contained sea, storm, sunshine, snow .. food, ice and sore feet too plus nearly an empty Euro wallet.
We had a fantastic fun and tiring day, there wasn’t much strength left in us when back home after 17 hours on the go. This is about my day cruise to Germany with my friend Margurithe and her friend Helena. It’s a thing I do once per year, my friends do it a couple of times per year. So I have done my bits for 2013.
And my little camera got chance to work too …. all nature photos are taken from the car – and they came out brilliant, at least what I think.
It’s a mad day … with early start – alarm went of 5am and 50 mins later was Margurithe and I picked up by Helena, because she has a slightly bigger cars for trays of beer. *smile It was a fantastic morning already 5am – very crispy. The drive to the ferry took about 60 min. The photos here I took from the car. We arrived in the port as they had start loading up “Stena Trelleborg” that we should start our journey with. Aboard we went straight to the breakfast restaurant and for 100SEK/$15,40/£10,10/€11.80 for a brunch buffet, both hot and cold selections – eat so much as you want and can – a fantastic selection. 8am the ferry departed and we arrived in Sassnitz, Germany just before noon.
It was nice to see the red & white funnel logo – Stena Line, the company I worked for during 35 years in total and every day was tought in some way, but brilliant. The best employee in the world, at least in my book. I looked after them and they always looked after me, brilliant marriage with a happy divorce 4 years ago.
In Sassnitz the real winter met us, it was like coming to the Alps and the snow was so along the road to Berger was so white and we had clear blue sky. Berger is a nice little town where we have all the shops that we need to visit for shopping grocery, wine and whatever we can find that we don’t need, but have to have. Photos here are also taken from a car. Arriving in Berger did it start to snow heavy and it snowed until it was time for us to return to the port, 3 hrs later.
We shopped at Aldi, Rossman, and REAL- and around 4pm was time for us to drive back to the port and the Border Shop. It was time to fill up the car with beer, soft drinks, little more wine and serious amount of spirits – the last chance before driving aboard and be on our way back to Sweden. Driving in sunshine until we were about 15 min from the port the snow storm came over us and we couldn’t see the car in front of us … or traffic coming against us. It was truly scary and 5 min later it was all over and sunshine again, very wired experience.
I shopped cheese, king prawns, chicken liver, dressing mix, vodka, white wine, rice, Campari, cleaning products, saffron, whiskey and Cointreau. My sisters in arms shopped like there was no tomorrow *smile
During the journey home we had buffet again – quite good … not a big lover of dinner buffets, but I love my pickled herrings and smoked salmon. We had a fantastic charming German waiter by name, Tomas. The weather was trochees – the wind hit just the vessel in the stern – so it was loads of hanging in the air and banging in hull.
After dinner was it like and the air went out of all 3 .. and we wanted to be home straight away. 10pm we drove off the ramp and we flew through the customer control, there was at least 14 officers there to check the cars and lorries out. A hour later we start unpacking the car at Margurithe’s house. It was done with the last strengths that we had left, we got some help from two whiskey filled gentlemen – Margurithe’s partner and Helena’s husband.
On Saturday morning I woke up 11am – and every muscle was sore. Had late breakfast and lunch with Margurithe and her partner, Bengt … 2pm I jumped on the bus, No.5 that took me to mum in Simrishamn for the weekend.
Glad that the weekend was without any plans, just mum and me ..
Now I’m a read for a new booze cruise, because it is truly a fun day … a day that demands a woman. The total cost for my day came to 1600SEK/$246/£162/€190, everything included; travel, food and shopping. The trip was a true bargain and now my booze cupboard is vital again and I have my favorite cheese, Titsiter, for my breakfast again for a couple of months.
“A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.”
Franklin P. Jones
“Augenbling” with Seeed, released in 2012 and made it up to #4 on the German Top 40 Chart. “Seeed” is a German reggae/dancehall band from Berlin. Founded in 1998, they have become well-known in Germany and its neighboring countries. “Augenbling” means “Eye Bling”. A track full of moves and fun – just like our booze cruise.
“Your eyes are going bling bling
and everything’s forgotten,
your eyes are going bling bling
and everything’s forgotten.”
Image of Seeed, provided by and thanks to: seeed.de