It took a bit of discussions, disagreements and debate to finally set off on our “Crazy trip to Tallinn” (that’s what we called it). Our group, very versatile – observant creative astute budding architects, Filip and Lubos, uptight paranoid calculative Christoph, chirpy Veronika, quiet yet friendly Tiago, crazy insane Itaians, Paolo and Andrea, and me eh! just me.
It was a task in itself to board the morning bus timely after a long party the night before. Apart from drawing caricatures of everyone, I spent most of my journey till Helsinki pretty much sleeping and learning to speak a bit of German by the end of it. Helsinki greeted us with a wet and windy weather, and we headed for a coffee place. It was good to stroll around the city, stopping for a bite and then to set out exploring the capital. Temppeliaukio Church, thats what they call it, an exhibition of skilled craftsmanship. Magnificently carved inside rocks, with a circular copper roof, and soft music running in the background, quite peaceful. There should have been something admirable about the university library, for which we walked around 3 kilometers in the wet snow, but to me it was nothing more than white, quite and busy. That was all for us to see in Helsinki and then we set out to the harbor for the cruise. On reaching the harbor, we failed to spot our cruise, only to learn later that we were at the wrong harbor. Barely thirty minutes for our cruise to depart, we headed out for the correct harbor station. Should we walk? bus? taxi? tram? it was a big commotion, finally we just followed Filip, Italian complaining and whining all the way.
We were already tired before we set our foot on the cruise. We found a comfortable place, dumped our bags, and some of us decided to wander around the cruise. The top deck, was the most popular spot, we could hear the chilly winds, see the cruise pierce through the soft floating ice and the port in the moving farther from us in the horizon. I got tired after a while and dozed off in the cruise only to wake up in TALLINN!! 😀
It was dark in Tallinn, and we were already looking for alcohol :D. After getting some to fuel for the night, we reached, Red Emperor Hostel. I am not mincing words here, it was the coolest hostel to dwell. Fancy graffiti all over the walls, quirky posters, colorful kitchen, with a silent reading corner in the common area. The rooms and the beds had gaudy names too. They owned a bar next door and had a different event running there every day. Bands performing, beer pong, Foosball competitions, and lot other things to keep you busy. The hostel official at the desk offered his advice on the city tourist spots and eating joints. III Drakon, a dingy dark old medieval looking restaurant, where the waitresses served authentic Estonian food on wood log like tables. The beer draining from the drums, served in small pots, it surely was a dose of certified Estonian experience. We had a few rounds drinking games with fucking Italians, Czech bastards, ssstooopeeed Indian, which was enough to set the tone for the night. The nightlife of Tallinn was more lively, vibrant and colorful than what I was used to in Tampere. An hour later and we were in a fancy pub, called Labor, which bore the theme of the a laboratory. The highlights, “Chemical Shots”, green, red, white, blue, test tubes injected moonlight :D. Too many shots in too less time, and blackout!!
Next morning we were scheduled for the City Tour, Captain Filip leading the way for us. Clouds, drizzle and winds, didn’t dampen our spirits and we strolled through, around, in and out of the whole city. The old town of Tallinn looked very scenic and serene, and it bore a special charisma to it. The new town had a bit of contrast, but was surely worth the walk. Neat, tidy, organized, it was an experience to explore the city, libraries, cathedrals, schools, town halls, shopping malls, it had anything and everything. The light was fading, we were heading back to our den, laughing and joking throughout. The Italians treated us with pasta for dinner, and a game of pictionary followed the meal. It was fun to see the creative side of us :D, wavy structures, funny descriptions, and alcohol added more joy to it. The game never got over, but we were all ready for the Night Out 2, Club Hollywood, the destination, a fancy looking uptight, club. It was a Saturday night, and the club was packed full. We stayed there for a while and realized, we were too tired for more, so got back dozed off and prepared for the ferry next morning.
That pretty much sums up our Tallinn trip.