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... old churches, crooked cobbled streets with spires popping out over the rooftops, and very friendly people. We ate at the "black poodle" and enjoyed some heart warming beetroot soup (sounds bad, tastes good) whilst surrounded by mismatched chairs thrown forward from the 70s.
The following day (Nik's Birthday) we went for some breakfast birthday pancakes. Not just any pancakes. THE MOST AMAZINGLY awesome pancakes ever in ...
... reached the village of Oandu and the Lahemaa Forest Centre. On Henry's advice, I asked to watched a 15minute video presentation on the park which was very interesting. The woman in the centre gave me lots of info on the park. On a whim, I asked her if she had any insect repellant and luckily she had some that someone had left there that I could take with me. Probably wasn't the best stuff (made sure it wasn't DDT) but I figured better than nothing.
At Oandu are ...
... entire hotel that prides (?) itelf on hosting the Soviet security agency.
When Hotel Viru was built in 1972 it was Estonia’s first skyscraper. It was also the only place for tourists to stay and this made it easier to keep tabs on them by the Soviets. This is exactly what the KGB did here from the "23rd" floor spy base (the hotel elevators only showed 22 floors). Our guide, was a ...
... her surname.
During the next 3 hours she walked us through the upper & the lower parts of the town & told us of Estonia’s unfortunate history, as it has been controlled by, Danes, Germans, Swedes & Russians since the early middle ages & has only been free between the 2 World Wars & then since 1991. The population still has a fair percentage of Russian speakers but she feels that most prefer to be considered as Estonians rather than Russians. ...
... mercenaries, what can you say.
In the last 1,000 years the Estonians have been done over by the Danes, the Germans, the Swedes, the Russians, the GFC.
After the second worst Italian meal of all time we have returned to the warmth of the hotel for laundry and chocolate.
Tomorrow is May Day and a public holiday but the views aren't shut and we are hoping for some local sights.