I went to Tallinn. I didn’t really plan to, bu I did. Well I went to Tallinn with my company on a newbie-get-to-know-your-colleagues-conference. I was surprised by the town’s cute streets and friendly people and the easyness. We stayed at a centrally places hotel in the Old Town. The hotel had a nice garden, fine restaurant and a SPA.
We flew from Stockholm one night early in June a couple of years ago. We were here in no time. I really recomend a trip like this if you want to see town without getting frunk on a boat. We had a bus booked from the airport. It dropped us somewhere in the old town and we had to find our way to the hotel. Some of the bosses have already been here before, so I gueass it was a piece of cake for them. And for all the other people? Just follow someone else. It worked out for me at least.
When we arrived in Tallinn it was chilly night. The goal of the trip was that we were going to get to know one another. Well, getting to know each other started already the same evening. Tired and confused we talked, drew pictures and told each other secrets, It was fun and interesting. But it was not only sitting in a conference room. No, no. We had city walks and completions and party. Of course.
The following days we had some meetings, talks and laughs. We started out with a group discussion in a bar. I don’t really remember what it was about, but I remember that we did not always agreed, bu it was fun anyways. If you are on a trip like this it’s not easy to say what happened when. I think that on yet another day, but it could have been the same day, ee had a city-group-walks. We visited the old pharmacy, where they sold mummy extract once upon a time. We went up to a beutiful ortodox church and a medeval tower. Just great.
Wandering around town there was some kind of festival. There was lots of people, street theaters, competions and art exhibitions. Was it day one, two or three? No idea, but it was nice.
Walking around the town we found genuine stores with linnen and hand craft. But we also found very touristic places, like “Vodka and t-shirts” shop. I guess they had some great souvenirs and fridge magnets as well. We visited an old traditional market with linnen and wool and I bought some mittens. I guess it is a nice place for tourists. We also found a local market just outside the old town, where you could buy everything from fruit and meat, Russian books to gravestones and umbrellas.
Of ourse we visited several pubs, were amazed by the view of the city from above and in the night went out partying. First we had a fine dinner in a appartment-style secret restaurant. Then we continued to a Hell-bar for drinks. The staff were not so amused when we ordered six GT:s and 6 rome and cokes and poited to a sign: “No groups”. But he served us, even twice as much as we ordered. Next place was a fun bar with some disco. And finally dancing the night away at a club with DJ:s hundreds of people and untz-untz-music. Not my favaurite, but it was fun.
While wandering around town we also found exciting stuff to eat, for instance pigs’ ears. I didn’t try, but the guys that did got sick.
The trip was a good one. Tallinn is a beautiful town with modern facilities and old soul. We visited a old market and a newr one, some people spent some money, others just wnjoyed themselves. Would I recomend Tallinn’s Old Town to others? Sure!
Tallinn is on the list since 1997. Link to the place: Old Centre of Tallinn.
My grade? Three globes.