Estonia – Travelogue

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Journal extract…

…So I’m just wrapping things up in Tallinn, capital of Estonia (hitting the headlines this year after riots in the city, hosting the Eurovision and winning silver and gold in the Finnish Wife Carrying Contest!). Occupied for centuries by the Danes, Swedes, Russians and Nazis, it finally got independence in 1991 and is centred around a beautiful medieval old town dotted with spires and soviet housing projects. The girls here are so absurdly hot, it’s too intimidating to look them in the eye, let alone pretend to ask for directions… Unfortunately, the city has long been dubbed ‘the new Prague’ by hoards of horrid English stag/hen groups – they’ve particularly increased in number lately and I’ve been cringing at them, along with everyone else, since arrival.

Getting here was a game in itself, time and cost meant I had to fly and skip Europe, but I’d booked the flight to depart in the middle of the night. I ended up being awake for 32 hours and then sleeping for about 19, which all made me quite queasy. Annoyingly the weather when I landed was exactly the same grey dull drizzlyness I’d left behind at Stansted…