Wrapping up in Tartu

Trip Start Jan 08, 2009
Trip End Feb 02, 2009

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The first thing we did this morning was get right to the mailing because we want to take as much as we can to the Post Office. We cannot wait until the last day should something could go wrong.  We have until 5:20 PM tomorrow when our train leaves for Tallinn across the street from the apartment.  
After working about 45 minutes I knew there was something wrong about the way I was feeling.  I got nauseous and broke out into a sweat.  Not now! I'm telling myself.  We really need to get this mailing done.  I prayed that God would give me immediate relief-at least to get the job done.  I laid down and slept about an hour and felt markedly better. God had answered my prayer.  
At about 12:30 PM we have the mailing mostly done.  There are many sacks and boxes to take to the Post Office, but no worries. We have German the Russian Estonian cab driver who is more than happy to not only drive us, but also help get awkward loads like this one negotiated.  We drove to the Post Office and he helped bring all the boxes and sacks in the franking room where I will pay the postage for the mailing. 
Today it's Russian ladies who work back there.  Both very pleasant.  The first one particularly, Oksana Agapova.  It took quite a while to determine the postage. Some packets of similar materials, so that went fast, but there were very many that were assorted and had to be processed separately. And I was asked to fill out a customs declaration for each country we sent to.
Bev and I felt good leaving the Post Office with the job mostly done.  We have maybe 50 or so to finish tonight and then the job is totally done!  
We went to the Wilde restaurant for lunch and then talked to the managers of the various Tartu hotels:  Barclays, London, Drakooni and and Dorpat Spa, a new hotel by the bus station.
The hospitality business is languishing and we found that we could get tremendous discounts...up to 45 per cent off.  If the dollar hold well against the Kroon and we indeed get this kind of discount, Estonia can be a great value this fall.  The hotels we really liked were the Drakooni and the London. The London Hotel also has a very nice conference room to suit us.  And, it's right in the middle of the charming center of Tartu. 
Bev and I then walked back to the apartment.  I'm not feeling 100% so I'll take it easy. The rest of the day I dragged with this flu-like feeling. Hope it changes....there is still a lot to do and Tallinn and Sweden ahead of us. I put up a YouTube video of our Vinogradov kids singing "As a Deer." Made me feel a little better.
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jesmina on

Hope you are feeling better today
I am sorry to learn that you caught some kind of bug. That certainly isn't fun if you have no time to rest. Hope you are feeling better today and that you don't pass on the bug to your wife :)!!!


victorkubik on

Re: Hope you are feeling better today
I'm actually feeling better as of 1/2 hour ago. And I hope this continues. The big thing was that we needed to go into town to negotiate hotel for FOT. Bev went alone. Probably for the best. She is a much better negotiater and I would just make it worse. So, I'm home, she went into Tartu center with the rest of the mailing (our last 50 envelopes) and also went for some shopping. She hates to go alone.

We leave at 1720 by train for Tallinn.

Vic and Bev

bseashore on

Hotels in Tartu

Interesting to read about the Tartu hotels on TravelPod. I noticed that they linked them to a website I use all the time: tripadvisor.com which provides reviews. Vic, I hope you are feeling better and can proceed with travel plans. Bonnie

rosehill on

Your journey
Hi Vic and Bev,

Vic - we sure hope you are feeling better - we know you have SO much to do when you travel - people to see, mailings, etc. It sounds like you accomplished a lot this trip in Estonia.

Now, it is on to Scandinavia. Please give our greetings to Paul and Kira. We saw them in Scotland last year and look forward to the next Feast with them in Estonia - as all of our other friends there. We will, anxiously, wait for more information.

Have a great journey home. While you are coming back here,to the U.S., Mark and a companion are traveling to Nigeria. I hope everyone that reads this will pray for a successful journey there too. While the schedule in Europe is grueling - making all the connections and the work you have to do, travel to Africa seems more 'dangerous'. They leave on Feb. 2.

We know these trips take a lot out of those who travel to these far-away places. Our prayers are with you all.

Gail and Karen.

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