Eastern Europe Begins
Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
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The trip on the bus through to Tallinn was uneventful, I was so incredibly tired that I fell asleep on the bus at the boarder crossing. The authorities came and took our passports for processing, mine was returned to me with a sharp prod on the cheek as I lay asleep, face squashed against the window! The crossing was no drama at all, in fact it was probably the most relaxed boarder crossing I've ever been through.... with exception of course to the strange crossing that Jen and I had in the Mekong Delta between Cambodia and Vietnam a couple of years ago where the guard was applying pink nail polish to his toenails and had to finish doing that before he could process us.
It was alittle strange leaving Russia, it really was a case of saying good-bye to yet another leg of the journey and hello to the next. On hopping off the bus I immediately met 3 Brit girls who were bound for Riga - they pointed me in the correct direction for accommodation and an ATM. It would seem that this would be my introduction to the world of travellers that are 'doing' the Baltic states. I've had to stay in 2 different backpackers here, being a weekend the place is heaving and accommodation hard to come by. Both really lovely with fresh white linen and even fresh coffee for breakfast... this is all a real novelty and long may it last I say!
Tallinn is some kind of wonderful, a medieval rabbit warren of colourful housing linked by cobbled streets. It's a very small place, so a couple of days here has been enough. It's exceptionally charming though with many street cafes and a relaxed atmosphere. There are lots of Brits here - seems like they come for stag do's.
I have to say it's quiet pleasant not having to have learnt another alphabet just to navigate the streets and the simplicity of being able to purchase a greek salad without worrying about food safety is just bliss! Simple travel and a good place to relax and recuperate before continuing on tomorrow through to Riga (Latvia). As you can probably tell I've done alot of nothing here, quiet content to roam the streets, take photo's, drink coffee and lounge in lounge bars in the evenings chit chatting to whomever. It's been really nice. I have finally purchased myself a decent watch though, one that hopefully won't stop when I change time zones! ...my first pruchase for Eastern Europe!