Our first full day in Turku proved to be a full one. We got up, had breakfast and then headed out to find the Silja cruse line headquarters to book our "sunset crusie" to StockhÃ¶lm. Which is actually kind of ironic considering the sun doesn't really set at this time of the year. And sort of sucks for two insomniacs trying to travel.
So this was also where we found that there were no pay phones in Turku (officially). We did however, manage to book both our cruise to StockhÃ¶lm as well as the "ferry" to Tallinn, Estonia. We also decided there wasn't a shot in Hell of us being able to walk all the way there again w/our bags so Jocelyn and I are currently finding out which bus goes there tonight... but that's a separate story.
So then it was back to the hostel for a quick cat nap before heading off to RuisRock.
Finding the bus to RuisRock, not that hard. Figuring out which was the correct stop proved to be another thing entirely. Unfortunately, following other people on the bus wasn't such a great idea b/c only half of them got off, but we saw them moving so we got off.... 3 km from the show itself. We walked a bike path for a good 30 minutes before we heard even a shred of sound that wasn't nature.
RuisRock is held on a campground and national park - Ruissalo Park. And while in the states we have parking lots for all of the people that show up, here, it was all about the bikes. There were thousands of bikes. And we got there early. There were more later. Once we figured out the stages we went and saw a couple of acts like PoisonBlack, PAIN! and Damn Seagulls. Some of the shows were being held as stages on the beach and some were in a field. Having walked for three days straight, we quickly found a place to sit next to the ONE merch set up for the whole show and proceeded to listen to the music from afar. This was also where we learned that it is customary in Finland for the men to pee wherever they wished... which was usually within five feet of Jocelyn. Though I have to say, the very first guy to do it, was polite. Though he didn't speak English, Jana was able to decipher in just the knack of time what was about to happen and let Jocelyn know.
We saw Juliette and the Licks... really not worth it and then took off to check out and see what kind of crowd would go to see John Legend. We were obviously a little curious being that this was supposed to be a rock festival.
John Legend= the Mack Daddy in Finland. Who knew? We have pictures of everyone grooving to John Legend. The only crowd that was possibly bigger that we saw was for Billy Talent and Children of Bodom an hour later.
This was also the locale for anyone who wanted to swim or bungee jump to do so at their leisure.
After a long day at RuisRock, we headed home, took showers and promptly tried to get some sleep for our day-trip to Estonia in the morning.