Tallin - Home to Eurovision 2002

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wow, Tallin, finally. After a 14 hour delay at Charles De Gualle airport and an unscheduled night stopover in Stockholm (don't ask) we finally have arrived in the first country where we're actually going to have to backpack and stay in a hostel, something neither of us are sure we're really prepared for. It's been 8 or 9 years since I last endured a hostel bathroom and a similar timespan for Kat. But we're big kids now and I can turn a bathroom into a putrid swamp with the best of them.

That being said the hostel we stayed in Tallin was actually very civilised. Free Internet, clean bathrooms (with toilet paper), nice clientele, tea and coffee and my favourite item, a bunk with a double bed on the bottom and single bed on top. Now that little baby is getting worked into our bedroom when we get home. Downstairs for conjugal visits and upstairs for sleeping. Wonder if Kat will go for it....?

So, Tallin. Did I say wow already ? As you all probably know we're about 2 months behind with the travelpod which is bad in one respect but good in another. On the bad side I feel guilty for not keeping you all uptodate with our travels but on the good side it gives us both a chance to look back and fondly remember the nicer places we've been and pick our favourites thus far, essentially we're being selfish. How's work by the way ?

Tallin is one of those places that rates highly on the list, in fact I'd go so far to put it in the top 3 as it truly is a lovely medieval city with friendly inhabitants fortunately left unscarred by their 50 odd years under communist rule.

I'm sort of amazed when we arrive at these former Soviet Bloc countries to see that anything of historical value actually remains. The vision that I'd built up from years of fact and fiction was that the commie bastards pulled everything ancient down and put up nuclear reactors in their place. Not true as some of you wiser folks probably know. Whilst the 3 baltic states were actually part of the USSR they've all retained their national identity (just) and sites of historical importance and the old city of Tallin is one such site.

Kat and I spent days exploring the streets, public buildings, sampling local foods in cafes and restaurants in buildings that are 600 odd years old and generally just taking it all in. There's a medium level of tourist activity but it wasn't too busy and in the higher part of the city there were no other tourists at all so we were able to capture some of the feeling the original inhabitants must have felt all those years ago.

All in all our stay in Tallin was great for a couple of reasons. One it was the first stop on the Eastern European leg (2nd leg) of our honeymoon and second it was the point where we'd depart for Russia, a place neither of us in our wildest dreams ever expected to be able to visit.

And from St Petersburg, Russia, is where you'll next hear from us.


Nath and Kat.

Ps. Hope all is well.
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