Envy in Estonia

by - 6:46 PM

Estonia, where do I start? It's the place where I ran head-first into a Medieval stone wall, where I slept in a hotel that had an athletics track in it's yard, where I saw two completely different sides of one and the same country. But now I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's just start at the beginning, shall we?

I arrived in Estonia by bus. That's the great thing about the Baltics, it's easy to take a bus from one place to the next. And buses are great if you want to catch up on some sleep. At least that's what I like to do on buses, which is why I completely missed the moment of crossing the border.
'Are we in Estonia?' were my first words after waking up completely disoriented. Soon enough I'd see it with my own eyes. Estonia is not like Lithuania and Latvia. It feels like part of Scandinavia and you can see that in the architecture and language.

I slept until it was time to board a boat that would take us to the isle of Muhu in about half an hour. The island is connected by road to the biggest island of Estonia: Saaremaa. After a smelly boat trip, I continued sleeping until we reached our destination, Kuressaare. To be honest, I slept a lot in Estonia. At least until I found out what our hotel had to offer.
Most of you probably won't care about what I'm about to say, but my athletes' heart skipped a beat when I arrived at Hotel Stadioni, located on the premises of a beautiful 400 meter track. The track was open for everyone, the materials outside, ready to be used. This showed more about the place than you'd suspect. A place where the track is so welcoming is usually home to friendly and trusting people. I was not surprised when the people on the island turned out to be just that.
Kuressaare and Saaremaa are great if you love nature, mills and castles (of course there's a castle, it's the Baltics, remember?). The pizzas are great. But the main attraction for me was the track. I wish I could've stayed longer, but we had plans for Estonia's capital Tallinn.

What's Tallinn famous for? Its Medieval city walls, which I met from a little too close up. The walls were fun, because you get to walk on them for a small fee. I vlogged on them - until disaster struck. My parents, who didn't want to wait for me while I vlogged, had entered one of the towers. As I ran to catch up with them, I didn't notice how small the door was and hit my head against the massive stone wall. Tallinn tip: always keep an eye on the size of the doors in the Medieval places. Keep an eye on everything else too. Tallinn is the busiest place I've seen in the Baltics. Tourists everywhere.


Now there's one thing the tourists haven't really discovered yet, or at least not in the morning, when I went: Balloon Tallinn. Tallinn tip #2: go 120 meters up in the air in a gigantic helium balloon. I'm afraid of heights and still loved it. You get to see all Tallinn has to offer in terms of architecture, without getting trampled by ancient tourists who have only two hours before they have to return to their cruise ship. Okay, the balloon isn't cheap, but absolutely worth it!


If you're in Tallinn and get bored with Estonia, you can take a ferry to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Or if you have a visa, you can go to Russia. That's what I did, but that's another story for another time. Stay tuned for my Russian adventures and stay awesome!

By the way, don't forget to check my Estonia vlog out and subscribe :)

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  1. This is so cool! I've never been to Estonia, although I have traveled to other parts of Europe. I love how everything looks so old and historic. So much more history than the United States (where I'm from).

    Ella ★ Simply Scribbles

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    1. Yeah, it's definitely something else if you're used to the US. I like how structured US cities are, but they can't beat old town Tallinn :)

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  2. Ohh wow what an adventure! One day id love to travel like this, you are so lucky. Lovely post and vlog too 😁

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    1. Thank you! I hope you'll get the chance to travel, it's such a great way to explore the world :)

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  3. This is really cool! I don't normally travel to places like Estonia (mainly because I get bored pretty easily and my parents know it's easier to throw me a beach and a pool and leave me, haha - just kidding, we actually went to Thailand a few weeks ago which was soo fun) however it does looks so interesting and refreshing.

    - www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

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    1. Let me tell you, almost no one travels to a place like Estonia, not even Europeans :P It's one of those places where very few people go, except for the capital. Thailand is such an awesome country! I hope to go there next summer :)

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  4. Ahhh, I absolutely love your travel posts <3

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. I'm glad to hear that, because I've got a lot more coming up! :D

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