"midday trip fro Stromstad to Sandefjord"
I took Fjord lines for a 12;00 trip from Stromstad to meet my daughter in the Sandefjord Torp airport.
I've reserved a ticket by internet, but since I am a foreigner, a writer from Lithuania staying in the AIR centre in Stromstad, I did not know the direct page of the Fjord lines, so I paid extra money - it is always worthy to find a direct page of the company.
Another trouble (or rather worry) before departure was that you don\t know the customs of the company. F.e. they write that you have to be at the door 1 h before the departure, but in fact *for a |foot passenger|, without a vehicle). it is enough if you come 22 minutes before, and confirm reservation at the little tiny desk with a little tiny woman :) operating tickets. Then you can go to the gates which are in 20 steps from the desk, and they close 15 min. before the departure. So I used my spare time to visit the rackor shops at the yard besides the ferry port, and found good rack, or vezhiai, as we call them in Lithuania. Crevettes, which Swedish unresponsively call racker are not so interesting.
12:00 ferry was half empty, except several emigre, that looked a little tired and exhausted, and went to rest on the sofas, but then it filled wth the drivers and other public (aunts, grannies, boys and girls, pets, wets, cats and mats) from the cars down there on the 1 and 2 decks.
Fjord lines ferry is smaller than Color lines, so it is more casey, you can walk it ut and investigate in several minutes. On the front there is a good bar (which opens 30 min. after departure though, and more practical asians are eating their self made lunches to your disappointment already), So they have a good bar, were I took one store (big) Carlsberg, and rejected a shot for only 11 krona (don\t remember, NOK or SEK, they are more or less the same, this friendship of two nations is astounding) sat comfortably, swinging a little though, and listened to the star of this trip, indian from Arisona, who sang in a very good voice Beatles old hits, including When I am 64, and other songs, and told everybody he loves them (us) because you (we) are life, and he loves life. And, according to this guy, we (we) also love life, therefore we love him. That was logic and brighter my (ours) trip. A trip that lasted for 2 and a half hours, which is not so quick comparing with a plane who carried my daughter form Vilnius at the same time for the same 2 and a half hours, only the distance was 1000 km, not 100, as here.
Ferry is very interesting place, which you can study all your life. On this trip two brave sailors were painting the benches with beautiful orange color. I spotted even a tiny submarine, and reckon I would be the first to use it in case of a shipwreck. Also sitting on the deck, under the sun and strong wind, reading the book about 30-ties in Paris, which I have to translate, and smoking smoking was a good interpolation.
Hmmm. what more? I ate one polso, or polto, that means a self made hot dog with a given sausage. Mustard is around the corner, as well as ketchup.
Next time I\ll tell more... Crew was very crews and looked good in their uniforms. Toilets are great, swedish style. There are NO customs or document checks on arrival, despite what is declared by megaphone. At least for the foot passengers.
Bad thing was that I counted the distance from ferry to train station wrongly and wa late for the only train to Torp airport, which passes Sandefjors once an hour. The taxi with an aristocratic taxis was at my hand, and in 10 minutes we were in a airport, though I paid him 23 euros instead of 3 for the train, which is a terrible sum for a Lithuanian (Our trip to Vilnisu airport costs 5 euro)
But these were my problems, and I am very happy with Fjordlines, and recommend them to everyone, especially for the two-legged travellers. My only tragicomedy is that I am still not sure after a week in Norway and Sweden, have I seen the Fjord, or not. .. A Troll, or not? What