I just didn't have time to make it yesterday, was too busy playing my new guitar :)
I woke up at 6, started packing for the trip. After packing everything we went on a bus to drive downtown.
Suddely we noticed that the tickets were at home. But we didn't have enough time to get them so we called my grandparents, they started driving there. We needed to take another tram to get to the port.
The boat left at 8 and we were at the harbor at 7 30, without the tickets. They arrived at about 7 40.
We needed to stand in the line for the check-in. We were finally on the boat at 7 55, even though there was a sign on the wall that everyone needs to be on the boat 15 minutes before it's leaving, we made it. We were really close to missing it.
When we arrived to Finland I felt the need to go to the guitar store before doing anything else. We took a map and started walking towards the store. The streets were clean, the transport was great. There were a lot of tourists. Probably about about 50% of the people in that part of Helsinki were tourists, since all the ports were located in that part. The streets just looked really nice and old. But the old houses had been renovated and everything looked great. I also made some pictures but they aren't in my computer yet, I'll probably post them tomorrow.
After 15 minutes of walking we made it to the store. It was a small store, made by some local guitarists.
But it had a great choice of Fenders, Gibsons, and all the good guitars. I started out trying the Mexican guitars that cost around 750 Euros. They sounded great compared to my old guitar, but I tried some more. I tried an used 2002 Fender Standard American Stratocaster and it was just amazing. The sound was so clean and it really sounded a bit like an old school guitar. The price of that one was 650 Euros. Then I tried another guitar that was made in America. It was the 50th Anniversary Stratocaster and it sounded pretty much as the Mexican ones. Just cost twice as much... The Fender Standard American Stratocaster had the best sound. Price doesn't matter at all, you can get better things for less money if you keep your eyes open... After that I tried a blue 1966 American Fender. That's a real Vintage guitar and the sound was just awesome. The price was 6000 Euros, which really isn't expensive for a 1966 Fender that's in great shape.
I decided to buy the Standard American Strat so I booked it. What we didn't know was that the guitar had been booked until last Friday, the guy who had booked it didn't come to buy it. So we just booked it, didn't pay anything and went to see Helsinki.
We also went to see Sea-World, which was also pretty cool :)
We went back to the guitar store to buy the guitar. Turns out that we were really lucky, because the guy who had booked it on Friday came there only an hour after we had been there to book it. If we would have gone there an hour later the guitar would have been bought. Really close call again... If you go to Finland and have any interest in music, not particularly guitars, they have a great choice and they could help you out quite a bit. The store is called Kitarapaja.
We still had about 2 hours left in Finland so we just walked around. It was pretty cool, pretty quiet for a big city.
After walking around for an hour we went to the port to come back to Estonia. I couldn't have been happier. We got lucky twice that day :)
I still can't believe that the best guitar(out of the ones that were reasonably priced, not the vintage ones..) was the cheapest. It's whit and it has aged a bit. So the color looks a bit yellowish, which is pretty sweet.
I'll post the pictures tomorrow, still haven't put them in my computer.
Thanks for reading.