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  • hardie karges 12:44 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baltic, , , , , Soviet Union, Tallinn   

    E-stonia: lotta’ hard work, still not Finnish… 

    With origins on the far northern Uralic steppes, first cousins with the Finns and Sami, and distant relations with Ugric Hungarians, these groups of Finno-Ugric speakers are the exception to the rest of the Indo-European-speaking European continent… (More …)

  • hardie karges 5:15 pm on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tallinn: Picture Postcard Perfect 

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    TALLINN, formerly known as Reval, is the principal city of Estonia in every way.  It was a Hanseatic city back in the day, and something like a time capsule today.  If nothing else, communism can be depended on to stop the clock.  It is also party central for mobile hip Westerners who like to descend on a budget-friendly member of their European hinterlands which has just been selected for further in-depth maneuvers of the social kind… all of which is to say that the women are friendly.  The city is cute as a bug, too, and a UNESCO world heritage site.  Landmarks include the 13th C. Toom Church, the Gothic Oleviste and Niguliste churches, the Great Guildhall of 1410, the 14th C. Rathus, and much of the old castle.  It is well-connected by ferry to Finland, Russia, and Germany, by bus to the south, and budget airlines to all over.  Hostels are good, but please, “don’t sleep drunk in the kitchen.”  And don’t sleep on the router, either.

    The hostels here are good, and the new book, “Backpackers & Flashpackers: 500 Hostels in 100 Cities in 25 Countries,” has eleven of them listed, all with complete specs and contact info.  It is due to be published very soon, countdown 10… 9…

    • aBitofCulture 9:27 pm on February 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I know it’s probably not for your target audience, but the 5* hotels in Tallinn are dirt cheap too. I paid €70 for a double at The Telegraaf in October 2011 – this is cheaper than the cheapest, scummiest hostel in Amsterdam!

    • hardie karges 10:12 pm on February 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      For two people $90-100 is not bad at all. My problem is that I usually travel alone. That means not only that costs add up faster, but that a little socializing is welcome, very possible in a hostel. I do try to avoid the scuzzy ones, though, hence my embrace of the ‘flashpacker’ concept. BTW my target audience are people who love cultural diversity as well as cheap travel. That’s my main travel inspiration. Thanks for the comment!

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