Trip Start Oct 08, 2006
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When we came here on 26th, there were no people in the city centre. We didn't like the hostel. It was totally without character and we got the feeling that they just want to cash tourists and not really offer nice atmosphere to bagbackers. They were supposed to have WLAN but the people working there didn't know anything about it. The employees were mosty Russian-speaking and certainly had this attitude of "we just try to look like we are working but are not really working". They had very little knowledge of Tallinn. The employees had their friends over the whole time and yelled loadly in Russian, even when we were sleeping. I would not be complaining when it would have been a cheap hostel. They give of themselves the impression that they have class and a great atmosphere. Totally not true. We paid for a room 40 euros a night... Even when they have just cleaned, you can't take a closer look. The work efficiency is just like in the former Soviet Union. Yes, I'm angry. ;(
So don't go to VanaTom! (I chose the hostel - I had been there bofore but that was before the renovation and under different management..)
We are feeling a bit down. Tallinn keeps on getting more and more expensive and customer satisfaction must be an unknown concept for people working in customer service. When we were speaking Russian, then people were nice to us. When you speak English, they just take you as tourists.
Finding a nice and not too expensive restaurant is also a challenge. You have to take a look at where the locals go. That is normally not in the old town, though there are some nice places as well, but rather expensive.
Well, I bought some yarn today. Almost one kilo. It is so much cheaper here! 35 euros for wool which is Estonian and hand-coloured. Would cost around 100 euros n Finland or Germany. I'm soon going to start a new pullover for Basty :D. He got one for his birthday. My post-thesis-therapy ;))) But it's amazing, most shops had only this Russian yarn, which also was not expensive but more expensive than the Estonian which I bought. I think Estonian wool has also got better quality than Russian. Those who want to surprise their mothers and grandmothers with handicraft have a great possibility for that in Tallinn. You can find great things if you just don't buy the first thing you see.
Basty has been taking lots of photos. I'm being his assistent. It is in a way the purpose of this trip. For me to relax after writing my thesis and for Basty to take great photos. He has got a new lens as well, from my father. He used to take photos before.He is taking now as well. I'm spending time in some Heineken Pub. Our bus to Russia leaves at 23:00. Still some three hours to go...
I'm really looking forward to St.Petersburg. I have such nice memories from there, since that's where I met Basty :D