Wake up is at 4 am and when one is trying to remember who and where one is, it all comes back! It’s time for another trip.
This time we are heading to Spain, to Costa del Sol and Málaga area. Compares to the last trip, this is going to be a bit different experience as we are not actually staying in Málaga, but in Torremolinos, and for part of our trip we have decided to rent a car – which allows us to venture a bit further away without being tied up to public transportation schedules.
As much I would love to just have a Sun, Sea, and Sangria type of holiday, I know that I would be left craving more if we only stayed at one place.
At the moment the airport in Helsinki is undergoing a major renovation as they are revamping the whole entrance area. This far they have closed some of the driveways, and demolished a car park. We will see what the future holds. But for the moment this means simply that one should come to the airport a tad earlier, especially during the vacation season.
One thing that hasn’t changed are the extravagant prices at the shops! I am still amused that a 500ml bottle of soft drink can cost just under 4 euros. I blame the high rentals and the fact that most of the kiosks and restaurants are managed by one company.
Now they have also opened an extension which has added even more gates to one end of the T1. This is something to keep in mind if you are transiting at Helsinki – distances between gates can be long and time consuming!
Luckily for us, the walk today is not that bad. I also forgot how much we Finns love to queue up! People are actually standing, in a neat queue, at the gate about 30 minutes before departure. So funny.
This time around we opted for a direct flight with Norwegian instead of using Lufthansa, which we have tried to do since realising that it might be better to concentrate on one company for the miles and more.
But as we found a really good bargain with Norwegian, as as it was a direct flight, we bought the tickets.
As there were some things that we thought warranted a bit more discussion, we made another post about it.
As on the previous trip, finding your way from the terminal to the Renfe train station is a bit of a bore. This time around we managed it quite easily as we almost remembered the route from the last time. Just pay attention to the train logos until you get outside, where the buses depart and then you are almost there!
The single tickets for the trains can be bought from the vending machines that are quite easy to use. For me, using the train is an extremely handy way to go around between Fuengirola and Málaga.
And as it is over 20⁰C warm, it seems to be turning out as fantasting holiday ahead!