This is only what I remeber of Estonia and quickly wrote
down during the trip. I'm sure I've missed some details here and
there. Sorry! It's chronological, mostly.
During disembarking from the ferry I noticed how far gone my rear tire already
had become. And my budget wasn't faring much better. In fact, and this was
what I could calculate off the top of my head, I had already surpassed my
budget by quite a large margin. These two factors, combined with the ongoing
rain in the region making the eastern Baltic route a no-go, made me decide for
a radically different approach. The second part of this trip shall be a city
trip. Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk and Berlin. The roads in this region
aren't that interesting anyway.
Once I arrived at Hotel Euroopa I booked a second night so I had a full day to
explore the city. The hotel was quite luxurious for what I paid for it. The
Baltics aren't that expensive as the Nordic countries, that's for sure. The
people are just as friendly.
The next day I set out to explore the city. Tallinn is absolutely
gorgeous. The medieval city center is almost unchanged for the past century or
two. Some walls and roads date back hundreds of years more. One other thing
stood out. Its population. Especially its young female population. There's a
disproportionately large share of what I'd classify as attractive
women. Models everywhere. According to a Dutch expat I spoke, who agreed with
my observation, it's because of the Soviet Union. They simply weren't exposed
to unhealthy nutrition during their early years. In a way it made sense.
The sun started to shine over the city while I climbed up the hill overlooking
it all. On top of it I found a castle. Or what was left of it anyway. Most
tourists had also found it, so the peace and quiet I was hoping for was
nowhere to be found. What I did find though, was a guy about my age with a
large hammer, an anvil and dreadlocks. He asked me, with a posh English
accent, whether I would like to give it a swing. Of course I agreed. And
missed. The second swing hit its target and produced a nice coin with
Tallinn's skyline imprinted on it. Four euros well spent. Wait, what? I just
happily paid four euros to make my own coin. The guy's good.
Overlooking his anvil I found a bar. That means beer! Because I had to ride
every day I couldn't drink my favorite beverage for a heck of a long time. But
not today. I sat down and had the best idea yet. Why not sample the local
beers in every city? While I was enjoying my Saku mead beer I noticed the guy
with the huge hammer again. I would've sworn he spoke English. Now he was
chatting away in Russian. And that wasn't it. Estonian, Finnish, Spanish,
Italian, German, I was in awe. And somehow he knew what language people would
understand too, by just looking at them.
After finishing my second Saku, which was on the house by the way, I went back
to my hotel. Still enjoying the city. It could've been the beer, but I really
liked Tallinn. The next day, while riding out of the city heading for
Latvia, I felt bad for leaving again. I'm
definitely going to visit again.