Hi everyone! I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks because I have been traveling. I went to Estonia and Finland with my finance. He was in Tallinn for a folklore conference. We had such an amazing trip! I did some makeup shopping while I was there and I will be doing a post about that and some of the neat European brands I tried, but I just wanted to do a quick travel post and share some of my pics. It was the first time I’d ever traveled to that part of Europe.We stayed right in Tallinn, the capital and largest city in Estonia, in a very Ikea-esque hotel. We were about a 10 minute walk from Old Town, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its was spectacularly beautiful, almost like a fairy-tale land.
I really think one of the main things we did was eat and drink! In Eastern Europe, there is always lots of vodka (my fav!) and we sampled plenty of locally made vodkas. The food was absolutely amazing. We tried all of the traditional Estonian and Russian cuisine we could while we where there.
The coolest place we visited though was an abandoned Soviet-era sea fortress prison. Patarei, was originally built by Russian Emperor Nicholas I as a fortress on the seaside, and was competed in 1840. From 1920 until 2002 it was used as a prison. After gaining its independence in 1920 Estonia was occupied by the USSR in 1940 (and briefly by the Nazis) until the early 1990s. Patarei was essentially abandoned in 2002, and has a very creepy zombie-Apocalypse vibe. It was basically the creepiest place I have ever been. It was like the set of a horror movie. At one point a friend and I were in one of the dark, windowless rooms (lit by our iPhone flashlights) and the huge, heavy metal door swung shut behind us on its own. Terrifying!!!
After wondering around the prison, we went for a cold Saku (the most popular local beer in Estonia) on the beach right outside the fortress walls. There was also a gift shop where I picked up my fav souvenir I got on the trip. How awesome is this faux-fur hat with the red star hammer and sickle?
Hope you enjoyed this travel post! I’m glad to be home in Canada again, and can’t wait to post about some of the European makeup I got while I was there. I’d love to hear where you’ve been on your summer vacation too 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤