Chillin in Tallinn
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August 15th, 2007 – by: genetravelling
But I had arranged to meet Pete in Riga on Thursday and he was flying specially for it.
So i caught the ferry to Tallinn and it was a very pleasant journey.
Tallinn is a nice small city and the 'old town' is extremely beautiful, clean, interesting, architectural and well appointed.
I spent my days walking right through the alley ways and streets seeing a heap of churches, buildings, shops, cellars and the like. It's a very touristy town and certainly geared for a lot of tourists. The food is excellent and I always relish the opportunity to sample some good seafood. There was some very good restaurants around.
I climbed to the top of the highest cathedral (St Olav's Church) and got a heap of great shots.
The night scene was totally different and unfortunately I feel it has been destroyed by English on stag nites and sleezy Italians. The clubs are terribly overcrowded by men who all stand around the dance floor oggling the few girls that are there. When they get drunk enough they start to harrass the girls. I think this has made the girls very much afraid of contact with guys and I actually got pushed in the face by a group of Russian girls when I walked up before I could even ask the simple question I was going to ask. In fact most of the Russians I met were extremely rude. I dont really know what their problem is. Once you actually get talking to people and they realise that you are not English and just being friendly things can change quite quickly and I did actually meet some people who understood this and it was quite pleasant.
I tried to talk to most people I came into contact with and found that in general their english was poor to non-comprehensible. This was also disappointing.
Overall it was a very nice city and certainly worth seeing for a few days. The people seem cold but can actually be friendly and its also important to understand the differences between the local Estonians and the Russians as they identify themselves very differently.
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