Trip Start Aug 08, 2006
Trip End Oct 08, 2006

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Friday, September 15, 2006

After arriving in Tallinn it took me some time to find a place to exchange my money and to get myself a map of the city. At first I thought that a map would help, but it was really confusing me more than anything, the streets in Tallinn are so twisted that if you get distracted for a short moment, the one you are following might make a smooth 90 degree turn and you suddenly catch yourself walking in the wrong direction. And also it happened at least once that I saw a street split in two and both branches retain the original name... I lost quite a lot of time trying to find my way everywhere.
Anyway, in the first day after finally arriving in my host's (Eeva) place, she cooked for us (me, her two Swedish guests and one Estonian friend) and then we partied in the usual European style (drink a lot at home, go to a bar, then to another, another...), but the places were quite unusual (for me) - especially remarkable was the first bar, an underground place that looked very much like a castle dungeon.
The next day when the hangover was gone and I was walking alone around the old town, I found out that everything there feels like you just stepped in a wormhole into the past. It has some exceptionally well preserved medieval structures, and these set the mood for everything else. Some restaurants even had the waiters dressed in medieval style and some people equally garbed playing medieval music in front of them, using really weird instruments.
The second night I went out with Karin, another HC member for some drinks and then spent another day in the old town. This time I even could eat in a restaurant (I suddenly became a rich man when I moved from Scandinavia to the Baltics) and it was really good. You can't beat being alone in a dark, rustic place, with everyone dressed like in old times, ancient maps drawn on the walls, menu in old-fashioned English, eating boar meat and drinking mead from a clay jug. A really perfect day, especially counting another night out with Eeva and co., Karin and her French guests. Too bad I had to leave on the next day (find out where to in the next post).
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