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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 24th 2014

And the winner for best airport is...Tallinn, Estonia. 3 minute security, free public wifi throughout the terminal, and buses that run to the center of town in 10 minutes. Due to the ease of check-in, this blog post comes to you from the lounge by gate 13. In order to get to Tallinn, though, I had to go from London Stansted, which wins the award for longest, most crowded security line. Said security was experienced at 4:30am (where were all these people going?), and my travel process to the airport had previously involved a bus and coach trip begun at 2:50. Such is the price for wanting to jam everything in. My second stint in London was nice as well. I was able to grab dinner with a friend who was there, saw two shows on ... read more
The Royal Punch Bowl
Tallinn Skyline #1S
London Bridge selfie

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 24th 2014

Hello Friends, I've already broken the schedule I set for myself of posting at least once a week, but only because I have been so busy doing super fun stuff. The past couple of weeks at work have been full of events, so I often don't get home until 21:00 (9:00 for all of you in the US), and on the weekends I've been seeing the sights and working on my research and class (although I'm behind on those too...). This weekend Evan Fry came to visit me and we had a great time going to all the museums, walking around Old Town, visiting some beautiful churches, and eating great food. We went to a fancy Russian restaurant and ate bear, a medieval Estonian restaurant that sells elk soup and forest animal pies, and many small ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 16th 2014

So on Day 2, after losing an hours sleep due to time zone on the ferry, we said hello to Estonia and its capital city, Tallinn! It was a beautiful medieval town, with cobbled streets and its old 16th century gates and walls remaining. We started the tour in the Freedom Square, representing Estonian history in its story to eventual independence after aiming to rid itself from Russian, German and Swedish influences. Today Estonia is a country now independently run and has its own parliament, (but remaining part of the EU). We had a really cool hostel, it had air hockey and pool tables and a nice lounge area to socialise in, but the games got competitive! We socialised with other people on the tour, too, meeting people from New Zealand, Germany and Czech Republic. Obviously, ... read more
Estonian Parliament Building
The infamous Cocaine Shot!
Made a friend.

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 15th 2014

After traveling to Finland a number of times I was overdue to jump on the Viking ferry and head to Tallinn, Estonia. I knew virtually nothing about this country of 1.3 million people (including the population) but now I want to know more. I spent just three days in Tallinn and one in Haapsula and then moved on to Riga for three more nights. In sum, great people, food, green landscapes, chocolates, and history. Moreover, although I opted for public transportation on this trip, I wouldn’t hesitate to rent a car on a return journey to explore either country in more depth. There are many similarities in Estonia to their neighbor across the bay (Finland) but with a fifth of the people and lower prices – a benefit to visitors. On this trip I was fortunate ... read more
Hiking near Sigulda, Latvia
The Walking Cane park, Sigulda, Latvia
Ever wonder what Estonians look like?

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 4th 2014

I have been in Estonia for almost a week now and it has been absolutely wonderful. Despite the jet lag, blisters on my feet from walking everywhere in dress shoes, and unpredictable weather I am having a great time. I cannot say much about my work, but I am doing some really cool things and meeting many interesting, kind people. Tallinn is a fairly small city, and I feel like I know my way around fairly well already. I think it helped that for the first few days I didn't bring my phone with me when I went out to wander and I had to rely on a paper map. It made me feel like an adult, even when I got completely lost (which was often). Asking for directions is sort of scary because my Estonian ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 30th 2014

I am in Estonia! My flights went well. Everything was on time and they fed me a very fancy version of a TV dinner. I was very impressed with the small monitors on the chair backs that showed a Google Earth view of the plane on its route. I took a picture as we flew over London. I know I still can’t say that I’ve beento London, but still, I was only 37,000 feet away and that has to count for something. I got a little bit lost in the Frankfurt airport, which looked more like a large shopping mall where everyone just happened to be lugging around carry-ons than an airport. There was a complete Clinic counter, a wall full of ridiculously expensive chocolate (one box containing nine quarter sized pieces shaped like sea shells ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 25th 2014

Tallinn, Estonia for two days, Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th Sunny and very warm (read hot) We caught the shuttle from the port into town. If we were walkers and Valerie not hurt, the distance could have been walked. Several other cruise ships were in port and huge car ferries were going back and forth between here and Helsinki, less than 100 miles away. As we got off the shuttle, right in front of us were parked the red double-decker buses for the hop-on hop-off tours. We both hopped on. The tour skirted as close to the old walled city as it could and we could see some of the old churches, gates, and walls as we rode on the top deck—unfortunately in the full sun. The bus also drove along some of the ... read more
1405-137 Pulling into port in Tallin
1405-138 Some of the statuary near bus stop
1405-139 Possibly the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin in Tallinn

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn » Laagri January 18th 2014

Talinn was not on my list , but I will never regret it to be there, even more , this year I will return... read more
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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn November 6th 2013

We stayed at My City Hotel which had good reviews on Tripadvisor. It is just within the Old City walls and turned out to be a good choice as everywhere was within walking distance. Tallinn is nice with certainly enough cafés, restaurants and even cathedrals. There are souvenir shops everywhere and enough Russian dolls to cover every mantelpiece in Europe. Tallinn has moved on very well from the days of the Soviet Union and embraced tourism. Most signs are in English and almost everywhere English is spoken and spoken very well. However as the main number of tourists are from Russia do not expect to see politeness and smiling faces everywhere. Eating out was more expensive than we expected and you will struggle to find any meals below €12. For a nights entertainment we would certainly ... read more
The Danish Gardens
Town Hall in Town Hall Square
Not at all a wishing well.

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn October 2nd 2013

Tallinn, the last stop in our little Baltic excursions...and next stop will already be Russia for a good two weeks. We started to explore the Old Town after arriving just before dinner time. Few drunk people around on the way, but a pretty cute Old Town. We stopped by a restaurant highly recommended by tripadvisor. The advise was...if you do not hold a reservation, forget about it...ok, we were lucky, they just had a table for us! So first night, and first Estonian dinner...Tiffany went classic...creamy tomato soup...and Leslie and I went on elk meat borsh, some cool smoke salmon...and a pretty nice lamb...nice food! As we start to do quite a lot lately, we had a lazy morning. The free tour was not going to start before 12pm, and I had few errands to run ... read more
Old Town
Seaplane hangar! Truly cool museum...
After Portland and New York...Tallinn...




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