December 15th, 2008 – by: nuij
It was really cold in Tallinn... but the people are really nice and friendly.
Initially, I wanted to take the Euro rail from London to St Petersburg.. that is until I calculated the cost. In the end, I decided to fly to Tallinn
from London via Jetstar and take the overnight bus into St Petersburg. We were halfway on our way to Tallinn before I realised we did not go through the immigration at Stanstead airport. It was my first time flying out of a country without going through the immigration and I was a little worried about it. I was therefore quite relieved to go through Estonian Immigration without any problem.
Tallinn was just a short stopover. We arrived around noon, took the shuttle to the bus station, purchase our bus tickets and board the tram to the old city.
The city of Tallinn looks grey and dusty. But the old city is really charming. The people is nice... as we are the only Asians around, we do get a lot of stares, but they don't make you feel uncomfortable. In fact, Estonians are really friendly even though they don't look that way. The weather is cold, but it wasn't snowing. It is only after we left the city of Tallinn that I saw snow outside the window. The Russian Immigration at the border was really imposing and one do get the feeling of entering a military controlled area... maybe I watched too much movie, but with high walls, barbs wire, people in military uniform everywhere.. it's really hard not to feel that way. The officer took a really long to process my entrance as she kept comparing the picture on my passport and the real me (i really don't think I change a lot in terms of looks, I have a lot of people telling me I've not changed at all since high school), and she took time to go through every pages in my passport and also the russian visa issued by the embassy. Imagine my relieved when she finally let me go through.