03.11.10 – My Finnish for Foreigners class doesn’t meet on Wednesdays so one of my classmates, Mus’ab, organized a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn, the largest city in Estonia, is located about 50 mi (80 km) due South of Helsinki on the Gulf of Finland. It’s a popular trip for Finns mainly because of the cheap shopping. It’s common to see people on the trams late in the evening coming back from Tallinn with cases and cases of beer and cigarettes piled high on little rolling carts.
The best way to reach Tallin from Helsinki is by ferry and there are several options to choose from. Viking, Silja, Eckerö offer daily service and if you want to pay a bit more, you can take the superfast catamaran ferries of the Linda Line which will get you there in half the time. We’re students so we chose the least expensive Eckerö line at €20 round trip.
The ferry ride took 3 hours so one of the best parts of the trip was hanging out with three friends from the class; Bazhena from Russia, Mus’ab from Jordan and Silvana from Brazil. On the way to Tallinn we spent our time talking about our home countries and what we thought about living in Finland. We even took turns playing an arcade driving game to see which country had the better drivers. I’m not sure who one but when Mus’ab and I took our turn the girls gave us hell for choosing automatic instead standard shifting… “Ohh! C’mon guys!!!” On the return trip we headed down to the ship’s market and bought a deck of cards and Mus’ab taught us a popular game in Jordan. We were all pretty tired so learning the game was easy but scoring was a challenge. Mus’ab kept saying, “No, c’mon guys, it’s easy, these hands are worth 15, 15 and 15, this one is nothing, the queen is 25 but it’s a diamond so you add 10, and the king is 50 and the ace is nothing so you have minus 225.” It was a great game but I’m glad we weren’t playing for money 😉
I’ll write another post about what we did in Estonia.
- Happy, Happy Hour in Tallinn – Tallinn, Estonia (travelpod.com)
- Tallin, chilled out and lovely – Tallinn, Estonia (travelpod.com)
- Take to fairytale Tallinn for a taste of the Baltic without the beer (thejc.com)