I think all of these are from the old town, so they might in some cases be more for effect than information provision.
Like many countries Estonia uses English in signs, new words and everyday language. In Tallinn this Estlish was sprinkled pretty liberally, but was also mixed with Russian and Nordic languages (at least I think they were Nordic rather than Baltic). As with other ‘lishes there are loan words which are ‘adapted’ such ‘Faks’ for ‘Fax’ … Continue reading
Milk is readily available in Tallinn!
The Pier is a concrete area of Tallinn bay which is ‘falling apart’, but rather than condemning the area the broken pieces of concrete have been covered with wooden decking. There is a pebble beach nearby backing onto waste land, and there is a view of the ships in the harbour.
The taxi from the airport to the hotel was good value at 7 Euros. The trip was very short too. But the biggest surprise to me was that the taxi driver was a Russian speaker. He didn’t speak English or German, and I suspect his Estonian wasn’t great either. Before I visited Tallinn I would have thought … Continue reading
Context Country: Estonia Language(s): Estonian and, in Tallinn, a lot of Russian Length of stay(s): 4 days July 2011 Main issues Understanding of concept: Not good, and I was told there is no Estonian word for ‘vegan’ Availability: In Tallinn good, to very good. I think because of the combination of Nordic influences, tourist business and Russian influenced … Continue reading
I’ve seen private plates in the UK and the US, it seems they also exist in Estonia. In addition to HELENA1, I saw 003 000, 001 SEB, 002 SEB, and 666 WTF.
Apparently Linnahall won a Soviet architectural award, I have nothing else to say … (I didn’t see inside Linnahall, and no I couldn’t be bothered to add descriptive tags to the images)
A Lucky Veggie Find Although not exclusively vegetarian, or vegan, the Von Krahli Aed has many hidden treasures in its menu to gladden the heart of any ‘plant eater’. And most secret of all is a ‘real’ Estonian vegan chef, which, considering I was told there is no word for ‘vegan’ in Estonian, is a very … Continue reading
The Magic Buffee is a good example of the value for money and quality food available in Tallinn. The place was spotless too! Interesting use of ‘Buffee’ which appears to translated phonetically where as in UK EN we use ‘buffet’ but pronounce it ‘buf-fay’. I think in UK EN we’d probably use ‘pasty’ rather than pie. I’m not sure what other … Continue reading