Telling about Tallinn

Trip Start Aug 06, 2012
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Trip End Aug 19, 2012


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Flag of Estonia  , Harju,
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Well - we had already written this but it
appears to have been lost in the ether of the Baltic, or maybe little Tom stole it (see
picture). So we will try again
We got off of the ship early in the morning and met Christina, our guide. She was wearing pink ballet flats that she bought in the children's department.
Tallinn is a UNESCO world heritage site and a well-preserved medieval walled city. Also a Hansa city for you history buffs. Tallinn gained its freedom from the USSER a bloodless revolution. Kind of like "you guys are really busy with other stuff, so we will just go now" and they did. She told us that they have mandatory school to 9th grade and then free secondary. University is free if you score high enough on the exams. Otherwise you can still go but you have to pay $4000 a year. They have a flat income tax rate of 23%25, employers pay 30%25 on gross salaries that covers health insurance, pensions etc. Maternity leave is 3 years, father's can take a portion of that, and they get paid a reduced salary. Employers must provide a job at the end of the leave.

We went to a Madrigal concert that was in a church which a crazed priest burned when it was closed during the Reformation. it is now used as a theater and was reminiscent of the Southern Theater. Sue L and Ken saw a great opportunity to offer some management and financial advice and wanted to create "the Southern Theater/ Baltic". It will no doubt be bankrupt next week.
Tallinn was beautiful and seemed to be energetic and future looking. It was amazing to us that it has only been 20 years since they gained their freedom. Here's some pictures.
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