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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 27th 2008

Today we visited Tabasalu school. This is a typical school. It has 716 on role aged from 7 to 19. Staff were split up into the age ranges they taught and went off to see what happens in those lessons. We all saw three lessons and then went for lunch and had a tour of the school. Came back to the hotel and had an 2 hour! meeting about what we had seen, what had been learnt and could be cascaded to our schools at home. Teachers were impressed with the set up and teaching in the kindergarten. We were all impressed with the state of the school building.... read more
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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 27th 2008

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 26th 2008

Carol says - A lovely late start this morning saw us traipsing round the cobbled streets of Tallinn in our sensible flat shoes looking at the very many and wonderful sights in the company of a history undergraduate from Denmark. City walls are amazing as the pictures show. Tallinn was bathed in sunlight and overrun with Americans from the cruise ships in the harbour. We errm were guests of the local education authority for an informative session on the education system. Like all countries Estonia has its problems as far as its education is concerned: 25% of the schools are Russian speaking as a legacy of Estonia's time as part of the Soviet Union. This is proving to perpetuate the divide between the ethnic Estonians and the Russians. Moving out of the medieval old town into ... read more
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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 25th 2008

So the nine of us arrived safely and got to know each other a little better in the process. The journey by taxi from the airport to the hotel turned in to something of a competition. We separated into teams of three and had to get the cheapest fare we could. I'm ashamed to admit that I lost paying 175 Kroon while Carol (our leader) managed to pay just 109 Kroon. Still our taxi driver was good conversation and we did have the largest car! Having arrived late in the afternoon we set about attempting to find dinner. Walked about for an hour and settled on a restaurant, but we all had a good moan about the price of the wine - about £30 for a bottle. Then on to a bar and bed before midnight....how ... read more
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Dinner

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 19th 2008

Well. here goes. We arrived in Estonia today, with my incredible driving keeping us safe. The Lativans seem to think that a 2 lane road can be straddled by 4 cars with 2 overtaking at once no problems. I am super car nervous after our car greif in Germany. Who has bollards that come up from the ground under your car to stop you continueing into a restricted zone??? Why not just have a good sign and a lowering barrier, why something that will destroy your radiator?? anyhow we got lucky, a new one(2nd hand) was fitted that night and we were on our way again. German mechanics, i can't fault their dedication. Back to Tallinn though. We had no real help from the supposed information, but got a room in an old soviet block outside ... read more

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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 1st 2008

Matkamme alkoi aikaisin Wappuaamuna... siis, kun muut kokosivat voimiaan mennäkseen Ullanlinnalle tai Wappusillikselle tms. Me siis suuntasimme Polomme (JEU-329) kohti Länsisatamaa ja Tallink Starille. Koti oli vuokrattu Dimitrille ja Olgalle... Hannin tarkastama juttu, että ovat ihan OK!!! ... siis toivotaan, että KOTI on kunnossa, kun palailemme. Niin... emme muuten pääse kotiin ennen syyskuun ekaa, sillä Dimitri ja Olga aikovat asua siellä vielä koko elokuun. Me hyyryilemme Dobu-paralla... Niin, lauttamatka sujui ihan loistavasti. Aloitimme muuten jokin aika sitten Anttiheikkilän mukaisen proteiinidietin ja nytkin aamulla massut olivat täynnä munakasta ja muistaakseni pekonia... niin ei tarvinnut turvautua Tallinkin sapuskoihin. Muuten aika hieno lautta... siinä on aluksen edessä valtava ikkuna, josta näkee menosuuntaan. Istuimen on kuin amfiteatterissa.. menkää ko... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn April 30th 2008

(Day 26 on the road) Three Baltic capitals, three UNESCO-protected Old Towns. So what does this actually mean, acquiring UNESCO-recognition? In short, any country can suggest a place it wants to have included in UNESCO's list of word heritage sites, and if accepted, the place is recognized as being of outstanding natural or cultural importance, being seen as "our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations" (UNESCO website). In other words, each site is thus seen as being in the interest of the international community to preserve for future generations. Currently, there are about 850 World Heritage Sites in 141 countries. If you feel like wanting to know more, have a look at this website. After this short excursion, I think the right word to describe ... read more
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The City Wall

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn April 13th 2008

From Sweden I hoped on a ferry to Tallinn the Capital of Estonia to begin my journey through Eastern Europe. First off I have to say that the ferry had to be one of the weirdest experiences so far. The trip is sold as a cruise for families, but the main reason people go on it is for the duty free because things are so expensive in Sweden and Norway. Once the boat set off the line started out the door to and you could see people coming out with as much tobacco and alcohol they could carry. Then there was the entertainment lets just say it was like being in a lounge at Circus Circus in Reno ( yes, that good). Tallinn is a beautiful little city which you can tell is beginning to boom, ... read more
Good By Sweden
The Ferry
Streets of Tallin

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn April 8th 2008

From the bus we could see the change in landscape as we crossed from Latvia into Estonia. We literally drove around the former checkpoint border crossing and straight into Estonia. Almost immediately we began to notice that there is more money in this country. Even the farms and houses far from any major town were quaint and well-kept. Some of the small towns we drove though almost had a Scandinavian feel (the Fins in particular love to vacation in Estonia, only a ferry-ride away from their coast). There seems to be more economic stability here than in Latvia. We arrived at the bus station around midnight and took a cab to our hotel. We stayed at a hotel adjacent to the train station. It would have been very convenient had we taken the train but we ... read more
Tallinn, Estonia
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view of our hotel and train station

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn March 7th 2008

What started as a day-dream at work, became a crazy reality last week. I started my trip with a visit to Dublin with some of my friends from Prague. A girl we met during our teaching course lives there now, so we stayed with her for a couple nights. Then I took my one-way flight to Finland! It seemed like a good idea at the time, but as I was landing in Tampere, I realized that having nothing planned was going to be more stressful than I thought. I knew that I had 6 days to get from Tampere, Finland back to Prague. I spent some time in Tampere before taking the train down to Helsinki for the night. I should probably begin by saying that it was freezing there. What did I expect? I'm not ... read more
Temple Bar
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