From Riga, Latvia I headed out on my first bus trip in Europe, bound for Tallinn, Estonia. The four hour ride was pleasant and on-time. I arrived in Tallinn pretty late the first day, and decided to check in and get to bed early.
My first day in Tallinn, I spent much of the day exploring the city and walking around the old town. As with Riga, Tallinn is a relatively small city, but again the old town is very beautiful. One thing I noted about Tallinn, is that the city is very technologically advanced. WiFi is available everywhere and they use technology to its advantage whenever possible. Tallinn is also gaining in popularity for internet start up's and has a large amount of office space dedicated to helping new ventures. Skype was started in Estonia and its success has fueled the passion.
I spent two full days walking around the old town of Tallinn, as for a small city, the old portion is quite large. There are a great number of bars and restaurants in the old town area all of which had great food and a great atmosphere. One of the most distinctive buildings in Tallinn is the famous Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The architecture is amazing.
Another favorite area was the old fortress walls and defensive installations around the old city. Besides being a thriving town, the old city of Tallinn was a major military asset.
The weather got very cold while I was in Tallinn with the daytime temperature around 40 and it dropping down to the upper 20's at night. Although it made walking around at night a little unpleasant, it was not terrible.
The weekend brought a new crowd to Tallinn. The old city is a very popular tourist destination for people from surrounding countries to come to for bachelor parties, for Tallinn's relatively inexpensive nightlife and many adult entertainment spots. Another point to note was that people in Tallinn tend not to get just drunk on the weekends, but completely trashed. Walking home late at night or going to one of the touristy bars late on the weekend was an interesting affair. Never was anyone threatening or did I feel unsafe, but one just has to be prepared for a bit of chaos around them. People falling down walking or taking a quick nap on the sidewalk was not all that uncommon.
Aside from the late weekend nights, the nightlife in Tallinn was a lot of fun. I had to make sure I checked out the famous, Nimeta Bar, or otherwise known as the "Bar with no Name". It is a very popular bar amongst both locals and tourists mainly due to the cheap drink specials. Another favorite I had was the Laboratory Bar which served drinks in test tubes and beakers. The drinks were very interesting and all were made into a work of art.
My plans had shifted a bit at this point as I was now headed to Copenhagen, Denmark to visit a friend that had decided to visit. So off to the airport again.