Back from Estonia!

Tallinn

Tallinn selfie

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.

Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn

Scandinavian hotel or Ikea?

Old Tallinn Town

Old Tallinn Town

Birds of North America

Wearing my fav dress from Canadian brand Birds of North America

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.

pickles with honey and sour cream at Troika

My new fav food – pickles served with honey and sour cream!

sampler of Russian vodkas infused with local berries at Troika

sampler of Russian vodkas infused with local berries

Siberian meat dumplings at Troika

Siberian meat dumplings at Troika

authentic medieval cuisine with spiced beer served in ceramic tankards

authentic medieval Estonian cuisine with spiced beer served in ceramic tankards

"Sprat" served with a shot of vodka

“Sprat” served with a shot of vodka. Not a fan of sprat which turned out to be super gross herring, boiled egg, and raw onion on toast! Ice-cold vodka however was excellent

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!!!

Patarei Prison, Tallinn

Patarei Prison, Tallinn

"operating" room in Patarei prison

“operating” room in Patarei prison

abandoned library in Patarei Prison

abandoned library in Patarei Prison – most of the books were in Russian

Much needed nerve-calming beer after the prison tour (Saku is the popular Estonian beer)

Much needed nerve-calming beer after the prison tour (Saku is the popular Estonian beer)

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?

Russian fur hat from Patarei prison gift shop

Best. Souvenir. Ever.

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!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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  1. Pingback: European Makeup Shopping! | nerdylibrariangirl

  2. We might be going to Estonia next year – probably Tallinn, Kihnu, and possibly Tartu.

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  3. Janine

    Oh man, the photos of that prison are giving me the creeps!

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  4. I’ve been to Tallinn – we loved it there! So picturesque and inexpensive! We ate like kings there, lol! We spent more time Finland (Helsinki) which we also enjoyed a lot. We went about 4 years ago – your pictures take me back – I’d go back in a heartbeat!

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