Coffee. Hubby. And travel. 3 things I can unreservedly say I love in this world.
Unfortunately just loving these things doesn’t mean they’re always good. Let’s face it, there’s some really undrinkable sludge passing for coffee in the world (Finland), and my hubby isn’t always a prince. Sometimes he turns into a slimy, horny toad, or in our case, an Ogri (my Jekyll/Hyde name for Agri/Ogri – get it?). 😉
Of course, the same is true for travel. There are letdowns and troubles, and sometimes, it just plain sucks. And while I’d like to say that our year in travel was only characterized by glee, rainbows and sunny skies, it just wasn’t the case. 2014 was a year with a few rather painful travel disappointments.
Seeing the Northern Lights, but being underwhelmed
I’d prepared myself for the chance that we wouldn’t see the aurora at all, but actually seeing them and being disappointed was something I couldn’t possibly have imagined.
After traveling for thousands of kilometres, spending thousands of dollars, and waiting in the bitter cold, we were “lucky” enough to see the northern lights appear high in Lapland’s sky. Unfortunately, they were lacklustre at best, and if I’m brutally honest, kinda boring.
If we ever find ourselves under an Arctic sky again (ya know, after we win the lottery), there’s a lot I’d do differently, to have a better chance at seeing the aurora borealis of our dreams.
Credit card issues in Stockholm
Imagine visiting one of the most expensive cities in the world and then realizing you can’t access your cash, for reasons that are completely unfathomable. Well that’s what happened to us in Stockholm.
Countless calls to our bank yielded no results, and our cards mysteriously worked in Finland and Norway, both before and after our time in Sweden. Mystifying and as yet unsolved. Thank god we had back-up cash, or we would’ve starved.
Olde Hansa, Tallinn’s Worst Tourist Trap
While Tallinn’s amazingly well-preserved old town was one of the most pleasant surprises of our year in travel, it was also the location of one of the worst tourist traps we’ve ever visited.
Modeled in medieval style, with authentic medieval recipes, the restaurant was expensive, the food was bland and service was beyond apathetic. If you should ever find yourself in Tallinn and hungry, make sure you skip this overpriced tourist trap, and head to one of the many other restaurants that actually cares about your business. We sure wish we had.
Have you ever been letdown by a travel experience? What were your worst travel disappointments in 2014?