kelly.fan3, June 20th, 2018
WOW! I can’t believe we finished our third weekend here already. For our third weekend here, we decided to go to Tallinn, Estonia. I highly recommend you go to Tallinn if you’re in Helsinki because it is only a two hour ferry ride and you don’t need to go through security or anything; it is so simple and easy. The ferry ride was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. I thought the ferry was going to be a small ferry that you would usually imagine. But boy I was wrong. It is HUGE. It reminds me of a cruise ship because it has restaurants on each 9 floors such as Burger King which I ate on the way there and on the way back. I honestly have not eaten Burger King in the U.S. until I got to Helsinki. It seems to be bigger and more popular than McDonald’s. Another reason why the ferry ride was one of my favorites is because I love the feeling of moving from place to place/country to country. We stayed in the old part Tallinn called Old Town Tallinn which is the oldest best preserved mid-evil town in Europe. We stayed in a really cool place that had huge rooms. My room, which I shared with four other classmates, was like a dungeon. We thought the room would open to a regular room on the first floor but that was not the case. When we opened the door, the room was downstairs so we had to climb down steep steps to go basically to the basement of the place. It was dark, all stone walls, and really authentic. We had a sauna in our room, a kitchen, and a bathing area. I definitely recommend staying here if you get a chance to go here. We explored Old Town Tallinn for three days. The first day we ate crepes at Kompressor which the boys from our trip went to the first weekend they were there. They recommended it to us and it was so good we went there each day we were in Tallinn. The second day we did a walking tour that lasted two hours. I recommend doing the walking tour because you get a taste of what all there is to do in the town and it’s free. On the third day, we explored and went to a couple of churches and castles. One castle we went to, we had to take a tram to get there and it was definitely worth it because it is so beautiful. We ate a lot of pasta while in Tallinn because we found this one restaurant and we just had to go back it was so yummy. Old Town Tallinn has a lot of souvenir shops and restaurants with outside seating areas. We also noticed that a lot of the restaurants had the same food but just in different locations. One thing I found interesting about Tallinn is that the outside of Old Town is super modern and new like a regular looking city you would think of. Overall, it was a great experience being able to go to Tallinn. I highly recommend you guys go if you get a change because it is 1) way cheaper than Helsinki 2) the oldest best preserved mid-evil town in Europe 3) it is culturally eye opening.
Categories: 2018 Trip