I haven’t written in quite some time. I will attempt to make up for such losses.
Our weekend spent in Estonia was a combination of culture shock and relief. The differences between the former member of the Soviet Union and its current successor are vast. Estonia is considered, by many, to be one of the most quickly westernized and adapted countries of the former Soviet Union. It’s relatively small size, population, and simple economy made it easier for them to quickly reform into a capitalist society. For such reasons, our stay in Estonia was as much of a shock as it was a relief.
Our hotel was among one of the top hotels in Tallinn. We stayed in beautiful rooms with mini-bars, glass-door showers, heated tile floors, flat screen TVs, Techno music and a wonderful breakfast buffet. It was great to be able to appreciate the modernities. The Estonian people are refreshingly friendly. Not to say that Russians are not, they very much are. However, they do not at first glance appear to be as such, and they are surely not as warm as the Estonians. Tallinn was full of many tourists. As we walked the streets of the old Tallinn fortress we were greeted by many with friendly smiles. We breathed in the wonderful fresh air of the non-industrially-polluted town. The views of the city and the Finnish sea were breath-taking. We enjoyed the old architecture of the town squares and the Estonian people who sold roasted nuts. The roasted nuts are really among the best I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t even like nuts. They come in many different flavors, spiced with all sorts of herbs. The sweet ones were by far the best. If you are ever to venture to Estonia, please try the nuts that which they call narcotic. They truly are.
Tallinn, Estonia is one of the favorite places Russians go to get away. It is among one of the more romantic and quiet cities in Europe and it is easily accessible. Tallinn has great restaurants and lovely cafes that are great for those who are looking for a quiet weekend away from the hustle of the city.