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May 17, 2013 - I vant to be alone

If you had only been free for 44 of the last 800 years, you’d be in a bad mood, too. Get out a map and look at Estonia and the neighborhood it is located in, and you can guess who was in charge over those 800 years. Some of the invaders like the Danish were fairly kind and brought culture and constructed many of the buildings we admired today. When the Finns were in charge, they were linguistically and culturally familiar to the locals. But when those Russians were around, people felt petrified, poor and imprisoned. After 22 years of...

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Oct 6, 2012 - Tallinn, Estonia

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND In the interest of expediency, here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania chapter on Tallinn: If you’re labouring under the misconception that ‘former Soviet’ means dull and grey and that all tourist traps are soulless, Tallinn will delight in proving you wrong. This city has charm by the bucket load, fusing the modern and medieval to come up with a vibrant vibe all of its own. It’s an intoxicating mix of ancient church spires, glass skyscrapers, baroque palaces, appealing eateries,...

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Sep 7, 2012 - Tallinn, Estonia

Took the ferry to Tallinn, Estonia for the day a great old Russian city to walk around in, lots of old Church's and the old city wall had some lunch before going back to the ferry heading back to Helsinki. Great day exploring the city even with the off and on rain shower.

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Sep 7, 2012 - Baltic Tiger

It’s that time of the year again. I’m off on my way to Africa for a third year, this time on the clock. As the Program Director for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, I have my work cut out for me for the next several months as we have some vital projects to complete in “the village” in South Sudan. I figured I’d fire up the old TripJournal again. I can’t believe it has been 8 years since my first post. Might as well keep her going, as I am sure there will be some noteworthy diversions in this African adventure. Whether they will be welcome...

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Jul 29, 2012 - Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It was an important port for trade between Russia an Scandinavia and therefore Estonia became a target for invading forces. Throughout history, Estonia has been under Danish, Swedish, German and Russian rule. Estonia gained full independence in 1991. Today, the city of Tallinn is a vibrant, thriving metropolis. It is the story of three cities; an ancient citadel, the Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage List), and the new modern city. Toompea Hill is the site of the city's famous citadel,...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Tallinn and Parnu

We arrived in Tallinn before lunch and quickly checked into our hostel before heading into the amazing old town for lunch. After lunch we wandered for a little while then tracked down a supermarket and a pharmacy as I was still sick. That night we discovered the amazing food in the Baltics before heading back to our sweat box of a hostel. The 28th I realised I was still very unwell and our sweat box room with no fan and windows that didn't open was not helping. Eventually I managed to drag myself out for the walking tour and a bowl of soup...

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Jul 16, 2011 - Tallinn, Estonia

We arrived in Tallinn, Estonia on a foggy Saturday morning. It looked like it was going to be a cold day, but it quickly cleared and warmed. Tallinn is a beautifully preserved medieval town. We proceeded to do a walking tour by Rick Steves’, the travel guru. Before entering the city gates, we spotted a monument dedicated to victims of a tragic ferry boat accident in 1991. Juju decided to climb it (it was about 30 - 40 feet from the ground). Mom was scared out of her mind and had to turn away to take a picture of another couple to keep...

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Jun 12, 2011 - Estonia

12th June Now on the ferry to Estonia! Finished our Scandinavian bit of the tour did about 1200 miles so not bad in 4 weeks. Yesterday spent the day in Helsinki. Not particularly pretty and scenic like Copenhagen and Stockholm but we enjoyed our day as there was a Samba Parade from the main square which was really colourful and vibrant against the backdrop of the Cathedral. We just looked at the weather and Finland is the hottest place so it felt like the cocacabana in bright sunshine and 28 degrees. We also caught the tail end to a music...

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May 30, 2011 - Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia is the smallest of the Baltic States and also the most westernized. Independence from Russia was declared in 1991 after being under their control since 1710. Tallinn is an important Baltic harbor and one of the prettiest cities in the Baltic. The old town is a medieval enclave with old walls, towers, winding cobbled lanes and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. The decision was to see Tallinn on our own. We got a late start so we took the shuttle into town. We bought post cards and also mailed our Russian ones. Will they do...

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Apr 29, 2011 - Tallinn with Gen

Summary: As Wills & Kate decided to tie the knot in London, Genevieve and I decided to spend the 4-day long weekend in another country. Estonia was suggested by Jeremy, and away we went! Pre-trip highlight: Going away to a place I never would have thought I wanted to visit, with one of my fab girlfriends Memorable experiences: 1. Being told numerous times by people in the sauna that a bathing suit was waaaaay too much clothing 2. Having a vodka shot as a starter (as you do!) then trying to navigate the stairs down to the ladies room while...

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Oct 20, 2010 - Tallinn - Oct 17-20

October 17, 2010 Today our short sojourn to Finland was over and we had to get up and get packed to leave. We had an afternoon ferry to Tallinn so we weren’t in a huge rush. We sat in the common area at the hostel and lazed around, eating the pastries we’d bought yesterday for our breakfast. Eventually we decided to leave the hostel and grab some lunch before we got the ferry. We had spotted a Thai restaurant near the ferry terminal and so we headed there. The food was really good and it had been a while since we’d had Thai so we really...

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Sep 5, 2010 - Tallinn, Estonia

Today's stop in Tallinn was a brief Sunday morning visit, with the ship departing port at 1PM. However, we had the opportunity to talk a wonderful walk through the old walled city of Tallinn. Even though it was Sunday, there were many street vendor stalls open and later most of the shops and restaurants. This is a very picturesque old city. Our walking tour (led by our guide Barbara who has been studying every port on this trip for several months now) took us to the main town square, dominated by the old town hall building where we peeked...

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