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Trip Start May 27, 2009
10Trip End Jun 19, 2009
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The border itself was pretty cool. The two countries are divided by a river and on each back stands an old medieval fort. For a minute I could see these two armies firing canon shots at each other from their respective bastions. I would have liked to stop and visit the fort on the Estonia side but alas, that is not part of the deal with Eurolines!! Anyway, I highly recommend going this way for those of you considering a trip between St
I took the tram per the instructions in my trusty guidebook, but there was no one to buy tickets from and signs plastered all over about a $100 or so fine if caught without a ticket. I panicked and got off the tram a couple of stops later. I was reading - okay trying to read - the map and a very nice and friendly lady asked if I was in need of assistance. Oh, what a change from Russia!!!! Yes, thank you I replied. She proceeded to tell me where to purchase the tram/bus tickets (one KEY thing omitted from the guidebooks - you must purchase them at the multiple yellow news stands in the streets) and where to get off for my hostel. She was the first Estonian person I met, and my first impression was GREAT. Thanks.
Anyway, the hostel was a short walk (less than 5mins) from the tram stop and quite easy to find. It is really cute and well decorated/painted. I am sharing a room with 2 other people and one spare bed. The Vana Tom hostel is so centrally located to the old town that it literally takes 2 mins to get to the main square!!! I love a great location. Since it was still early, I dropped my pack off and grabbed the camera and off I went to explore the old city of Tallinn
I went back to the hostel to check emails and such and then headed out to the free concert shortly before 7pm. I was kinda cold so I had to put on my only long sleeve shirt I have (yes, I packed for summer - shorts, t-shirts, and NO jacket) but I was going to enjoy myself regardless. The concert was to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Estonian Maestro Eri Klas. It was going to be combination of classical and big band music. It was truly a delight and I had a wonderful time. Maestro Klas was in attendance of course and you could see then, and thru his bio shown on the big screen, that he truly loves all kinds of music. He was able to spend his life doing what he was truly passionate about. It was great.