View from Bianka
So I took my ferry ticket but didnt manage to contact anybody in Estonia, the result might be a fly by over the country... :( ... that has changed on last minutes :)
Meeting with Bianka,
She was a really charming young lady studying in arts and some other speciality at the local University and leaving nearby the city centre. We moved to her place and she had to leave to watch a Spanish movie, I said I might go back out but finally I felt asleep really early and stayed at her flat the whole evening also talking some nice night pictures from her student room.
Bianka (HC:flowerpower) left early and I did only by mid-day left to visit the old town, I walked the city without plans or thought of what to do and where to go.
Old and new
My first deal though have been to find a ATM to withdraw some Estonian money, which at first I couldn’t find easily nor find some that accepted my card. When I finally did so, it revealed that my ATM Desjardins card wasn’t working. It said my card was expired. I did stress more about it as I have another safe copy in Belgium and I would still try my card anyway once back to the west, so I withdraw some money with my credit card instead (and anyway I was already having plenty of euros left and also Lati for Latvia). So that was done, I kept visiting the city until I found out my embassy, which I found awkward as I thought Canada had no embassy in Estonia… I stood next to it and wait and then saw an Estonian soldier getting in… then I found the situation even more suspicious so I decided to bell and said ‘Hi, I would like to visit my embassy’, went in and the Estonian employee there welcomed me and made me sign the guest book while I could see the Estonian soldier filling paper.
Obviously for a visa I could think. My thought were right though, Canada didn’t have an ambassador in Estonia but only in Riga and this Canadian embassy was simply ruled by Estonian and our ambassador was visiting it once in a while… I wasn’t surprised to hear that anyway there was no Canadian at all working there. I remembered pretty well that only Belgian were working at the Canadian embassy in Brussels. Damn, I would love to be sent abroad to work in my own embassy but no, we only hire locals :S
While I kept visiting the city, Bianka sent me an sms to meet up at the end of the afternoon and we did in the central square for walking some more in the city and talking together. She still had to leave and on my side I stopped at the food store.
Tallinn old town
It’s then that I noticed that Estonia was pretty much of an expensive country (or at least Tallinn). Far from my expectation of having a relieve on my budget… the prices were easily copping with the ones of Finland. So there went my plans of thinking to save money, it seems that Estonia has reached really fast the western European Standards. And my advise would simply be from now on: Backpackers, know that Estonia is no longer a cheap destination.
This also made me fear if the prices in Latvia would have changed so fast too compare to last year. Luckely they were still quite cheap.
I stopped by the Net café and later went back to the flat for some cheap food from what I bought and also to meet Bianka’s flatmate that was of strange behaviour. But it was cool, then later we all get to sleep.