Where the Riots Were...

Trip Start Apr 09, 2007
Trip End Jun 14, 2007

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Call me Ishmael...or Hart.  I am not the Chris, who from here on out will be know as the CommO.  Fear not, you are still on his travel blog page, but this will be the first of no doubt many installments by guest bloggers here on the CommO's little site.  I'd wet your appetites with the promise that the other remaining member of the group, Bish, will at some point take up the keypad and have his voice heard, but given his apathetic disposition and poor grasp of the English language (although he does talk Thai real good), that is highly unlikely.  So you'll have to be content with myself once a week.  Or more frequently, if the CommO continues to have stomach issues, as he is having right now.  Nothing serious, just the typical stuff that he gets from time to time.  I think that I now know what it's like to live with a pregnant woman.

We have arrived in Estonia, a place that we have been describing to others as "where the riots were."  Logic being that the average American (myself included) has a poor understanding of Baltic geography, but does watch CNN with disturbing regularity.  *(Side note: I employed the same tactic when I got orders to Okinawa.  Upon telling people that was where I was heading for 12 months, I was often met with a blank stare.  When I then added that it was where Mr. Miyagi (of Karate Kid fame) was from, everyone understand and got really excited.  And then asked me to pick them up one of those weird drum things they beat at the end when Danielson completed yet another unlikely comeback.  But I digress...)  Conveniently enough for us, some Russians in the area took umbrage with the planned movement of a statue of a WWII Russian soldier last week and decided to express their feelings through the time honored tradition of consolidating into an unruly mob and destroying their own city.  CNN loved it, Estonia was on the map, and we conveniently arrived one week later.

We are now in our second day here, which is long enough to know that there isn't a tremendous amount to do in Tallinn (the capitol...where we are in Estonia.  Sorry, should have mentioned this earlier).  Don't get me wrong, a lovely city, but not all that big and the weather has been, well, uncooperative (around forty, with wind).  Undeterred, we've done our fair share of walking around and talking about things that we could do if we were more ambitious (head to another city in Estonia, go to national park two hours away, etc).  However, the beer is cheap and we are holding out hope for "The Riots, Round II," so we have been having a good time and feel that there is something to look forward to. 

Tomorrow we are going to do a bike tour of the city in the morning and see where the afternoon takes us.  I sure that the CommO will keep both of the people who read this page updated on how it goes.  Until next time...
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