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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

We caught the bus to Tartu, a university town, crossing most of the country to get there. Upon arrival, we decided to walk to our accommodation. This was quite a walk. Perhaps we should pay more attention to the scale of the map next time :)

The town seemed much quieter than Tallinn, and although still large, it had much more of a country town feel to it, and was peaceful. We found our accommodation - we were staying at a bed and breakfast, and it was a nice place... although our room we had booked wasn't available! Still, they had a room for us (without breakfast...hmmm).

We still had a few hours before dark (the sun sets around 10pm!) and so we headed towards the centre of town. To get there, we had to walk over a hill through a park, and past the ruins of an old cathedral. It was a beautiful scene, so relaxing.

We continued into the main part of town - it had a relaxed feel, fairly quiet with a funky main street. It really was quite a small town. The main square was simple, but charming, with a statue of lovers embraced in a kiss. How romantic!

After wandering around the town for a while and having a feed for dinner, we went back via the park to hear live opera coming from the cathedral ruins! They had a performance on and we listened for a while which really added to the atmosphere (no, we couldn't sneak in!). Back at our accommodation, we asked about staying for another night. It was possible, but we would have to change rooms the next night... hmmmm, this was sounding all too familiar.

The following day, we organised bus tickets to Latvia to leave early the next day. The hard part was to agree on a destination. Glenn wanted to stop on the way down to Riga, whereas Christie wanted to go straight to Riga and do day trips back to these places. Needless to say Glenn lost.

We spent a bit of time looking through the town and visited some of the souvenir shops, before exploring the beautiful park. As we did, the few drops we felt soon turned into heavy rain and we got soaked. It was fun though, and Glenn posed for a shot in the rain, only to come back soaked to the bone. The look we got from our B&B host when we returned was priceless.

We had an early night as it was a very early start in the morning for the long bus ride to Latvia.
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