Tallinn

Trip Start Jan 07, 2006
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Trip End Jun 2006


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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

After a few days in the Czech Republic, Ari and I flew to Estonia via Berlin. Why Estonia? Well, why not!

Facts and figures: Estonia is North of Latvia and Lithuania, bordering Russia to the East. The country only has around 1.4 million citizens.

Overall impression: Slightly boring but very 'pleasant'

We spent a few days in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It has a beautiful old town, with lots of good restuarants and few historical museums.

We then moved onward to Tartu, the main university town in Estonia. A VERY quiet university town. There was not a whole lot to see and do there but forntunately we caught the start of the 'student days festival'. The whole student population congregated on the centre square to watch traditional Estonian dancing and hear their university president speak (I'm a little weak on my Estonian, so didnt catch a word!) We then proceed down through the town on a torch procession led by their rodent-like mascot 'Vilem'. Definately the most exciting experience we had there (!).
Oh wait, there was the University museum we visited - didn't know waht to expect. We entered and found a room full of ancient greek and roman sculptures... but then we looked a little closer... and they were all plaster of paris replicas!

All in all, in was a relaxing few days... to charge up before the excitement of Berlin...
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