Trip Start Jul 04, 2005
Trip End Jul 18, 2005

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

I got up this morning at 7 am and Meelis drove me to the Bus station. The public transport in Tallinn is a bit complicated, to say the least.

First of all you have the trains that go to the suburbs of Tallinn. They cost approximately 0,90 euro and are reasonably reliable.
Then you have trolleybusses, normal busses and even trams.
You also have these (in)famous minibusses (in Lithuania they call them microbusses) that run around for you to flag them down. You pay a set price, no matter how far you go with them.

If you want to leave town, the best option is the long-distance busses, that cost approximately 4 euro for 100 km. The bus station is however located quite far from Old Town
You could also take a train, but that is not the preferred means of transport for most Estonians, as it is slow and not very practical. To go from Tallinn to Tartu for example it doesn't go straight, but first winds all the way up east before going down south.

Anyway, Meelis drove me all the way to the bus station and I took the bus to Rakvere, where I was meeting Ave, a girl who studies in Tartu but who is spending her summer holidays at her parents' summerhouse.
I had met Ave a year ago in Tartu and since I wanted to visit Rakvere anyway, it was nice to combine it. As some of you already know, I like to combine :)

We first ate some strawberries and visited the castle, that was amazing. It was better preserved than Varna's and they had lots of activities (mostly for kids) which were a lot of fun. Everybody was dressed up as knights and princesses (see pictures) and you could eat medieval lunches, see how tools were made and climb the dangerous stairs.

I especially liked the torture chamber, which wasn't like anything I had ever seen...more a haunted mansion than an educational tour. I can still hear Ave scream...!

After that we went to a very nice restaurant called Art Café where the walls were black, the music was Jazz and the food was very nice. We then went to an internet café, chatted a bit to each other (she was like 4 meters away from me) and I looked for some news from Belgium because I only got news from Ingrid (Hasselt) who filled me in on the important news stories (London, Tour de France, the weather).

In the evening I went back to Tallinn, had dinner in an Irish pub (St. Patrick's) and met up with Natalia for some chocolates and tea.
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