We had nearly as much fun reading Aaron Saunder’s posts of his journey on the Wind Spirit through the Baltics as he had sailing! Well, perhaps not quite, but his posts are certainly a joy to read. From the beginning of his voyage in Stockholm, Sweden, Aaron had us captivated with his anticipation of his cruise to his first sighting and admiration of Wind Spirit.
From there, we followed Aaron as he settled into his new stateroom and became accustomed to the quiet peacefulness of the sails as the ship eased into the glassy waters of the Baltic Sea, en route to the stunningly beautiful medieval island of Visby, Sweden.
Aaron then enjoyed a leisurely day at sea, taking this time to tour the Wind Spirit and describes his unique experience aboard our small sailing yacht and how, “under wind propulsion, the ship was eerily quiet, devoid of the shakes and rattles that normally accompany engine propulsion.” With the blue vastness of the sea surrounding him in any direction, there was only the hypnotic pulse of the ocean and the billowing sails to break the quiet.
Making great time sailing across the Baltic, Aaron reached the town of Warnemunde, Germany. He spent his day wandering around the lovely German seaside town, working up an appetite for that evening’s Pool Deck Barbecue. A favorite among Windstar guests, the Pool Deck Barbecue is a time for festivities and feasting. Aaron filled himself with suckling pig and lobster tail before settling in to enjoy the rest of his evening, content and sated, from his favorite chair in The Lounge.
Refreshed and revived after an evening of being lulled to sleep by the sea, Aaron chronicles his visit to Copenhagen – a bicyclists’ haven with countless picturesque canals. Statues, quaint waterside cafes and large open squares all contribute to the beauty of this Danish city. The loveliness of Copenhagen was countered the next day with the eerie history in Aarhus, Denmark where Aaron contemplated the Tollund Man, who at age 25 was cast into a Danish bog in 220 BC and perfectly preserved.
Full of experiences and a sense of history, Aaron spent his last two days exploring the canals of Gothenburg, Sweden and Viking longships in Oslo, Norway. We have loved awaiting his daily posts and have truly enjoyed taking this journey with Aaron. Bon voyage – until next time!
To continue following Aaron as he travels around the world, be sure to follow him on his blog – Treasures of Northern Europe, Capitals of Scandinavia and Best of the Baltic.