Tallin Stories

Trip Start Jul 26, 2007
Trip End May 10, 2008

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

So do you know where Tallinn is then?  Until we started planning I have to say I didnīt.  Upon arrival (exc Stansted) we were greeted by sniffer dogs and weather from Leeds.  Estonia has already become the land of cute words with a currency (the EEK) and Pood (shop).

Getting the bus from the airport you are driven through the new part of the city which it has to be said looks like any other really but we alighted in the city centre and began the trek to the hostel in the old town (Yes I can confirm that all those who told us that we wouldnīt be carrying the rucksacks much were very very wrong indeed - and it is pretty horrid I can tell you).

Anyway once checked into the hostel (very nice, clean and with free internet) we set about trying to get out of the room.  It was embarrassing enough, finally defeating the decrepit door mechanism to stumble into a group of people crowding round the internet PC.  That was nothing compared to the juggling act required to, upon returning from the shower, unlock the door whilst holding a towel around ones waist in a state of semi-undress and hoping not to scare the Internet crew with a flash of buttock (and possibly worse).  

Now to Tallin. It really is very beautiful (the oft quoted Fairytale beauty is no exaggeration) and is recommended as a place to visit.  It is a pity that for the first day and a half it absolutely threw it down.  Not to be beaten by a bit of rain Virg donned her rather fetching and discrete poncho (pics will get here one day) only to wander the streets for a couple of hours and be beaten.  This is (apparently) the direct cause of the "man-flu" that Virg experienced for the next couple of days..causing grumpiness and a few highly toxic sniffles.

The city is packed with things to see and characterful coffee shops to distract you.  Additional distractions are the lovely but infuriatingly flirty women (infuriating for who? I hear you ask.  Virginia).

Thats all from Tallinn for now - I will try to put the pics up so that you can see the place.

Next stop - Tartu (Estonias "Spiritual Capital")

Take Care
Andy & Virg

PS - this first travelling blog was brought to you by a Russian keyboard (very annoying) and from a very hot Internet Cafe in Latvia. 
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janrigby on

From rainy Britain
Very picturesque, but lose the poncho Virg!

It may have been raining when you arrived but just look at it. Gorgeous! Am really jealous and want to retire and go around the world (although not in hostels with iffy doors)

Jan and Brian x

rosa71 on

El poncho
Ese poncho es horribleeeeeeeeee, Amparo. Pa que luego te metas con mis cosas, coño. ¿Ése es el que te regaló tu jefa? Joder, sí que le caías bien...

rosa71 on

Manda huevos
Tía, Rocío, ¿has visto qué cosa más fea? Y luego se mete con mis cosas, es que hay que joderse...

emmandelle on

Poncho envy!
Don't worry, they're all jealous! You could get your own back and buy them all a poncho of their own next year!!

rosa71 on

Re: Poncho envy!
Thank you very much, that's very kind of you, hahahahah. ;-)

Could I have mine in the same colours than Virg's?

jenbro on

Hi from Gardner Road
My computer skills must be improving as I've managed to access your blog without too much hassle.Enjoyed the pics, particularly the pink pig in Tallin. Good to know only minor inconveniences as yet such as rain, train seats,dodgy doors.
Am intrigued by Virg's 'man flu'.Is it caused by exposure to all men or just Andy?It's strange as I'd have thought any allergic reaction would have set in long before now!

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