• Slovakia!

    Slovakia: Tatra Mountains. Go Now!

    The Tatra Mountains (pictured) form the backdrop of this rural country, whose culture is rooted in this beautiful landscape. Go Now!

  • Bulgaria!

    Bulgaria: An old Turkish bridge. Go Now!

    The isolated mountains of Bulgaria hide cultural gems around every corner, including this old Turkish bridge in the Rhodopi Mountains. Explore Bulgaria!

  • Italy!

    Italy: Rome' historic buildings. Go Now!

    Crumbling buildings in Rome (pictured) only add to the atmosphere in a country where old is redefined and western civilization begins. Explore Italy!

  • Portugal!

    Portugal: Palace of Pena. Go Now!

    Although next to the seas and made famous by trade, Portugal boasts dynamic landscapes and architecture, including the Palace of Pena (pictured) near the town of Sintra. Go to Portugal!

  • Armenia!

    Armenia: Noravank Monastery. Go Now!

    With a unique language, foods, architecture, and identity, Armenia is a fascinating country and culture unlike no other in the world. Begin Your Journey!

  • Finland!

    Finland: Finnish Sauna. Go Now!

    Unlike its neighbors, the Finns are unique ethnically & linguistically, but are wholly European in many other ways. Begin Your Journey!


Tallinn, Estonia


July 16, 2005
This Place is a National Capital?

We took the boat from Helsinki to Tallinn and after arriving quickly found our hostel, at which time we got addicted to the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong was behind today, but had this miraculous comeback to catch the pack. It was exciting and Lance finished in front of all of his close competitors, although he didn't win the stage.

After the tour we saw the city, it's really nice, and extremely picturesque. It feels as if the city was very well thought out, analyzed, measured, then each brick placed individually to perfection. However, life here seems to move at that same, slow and meticulous pace.

After dinner, the hostel crowd began arriving and they were without a doubt a group of drinkers. One person wanted to know how to say "I was a difficult childbirth" in Estonian to try to pick up girls; a strategy I'm sure will work real well. Another guy seemed to have no confidence and simply walked around without socializing, and finally Michael was, well he was Michael. Michael was born in California, but has been living in Berlin for a few years now. He enjoyed his illegal drugs and if there ever was a person to show the negative side effect of drug usage, Michael was that person. He talked about drinking and drugs the entire time as he made up stories that weren't realistic or entertaining. At one point during the night he walked into the room and said in a mono-tone voice, "who brought the snoring machine?" A couple times I woke up in the night and every time Michael sat staring at a wall. In the morning he got up early and stared at the wall some more, then he put mud on this face and stared at the wall a little longer.

I suppose travelers come in all forms; I hope Michael's life begins to take an upward swing; he needs it.

Continue the above trip to: Poland

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