Now I am in Tartu, Estonia for a linguistics conference. I left Tallinn yesterday evening by bus. It only took about 2 and a half hours to get here. Here's a map of Estonia so you can see Tartu with respect to Tallinn (the capital):
Before I left I walked around Tallinn some more: click here for more pictures. Mostly with another American I met in the hostel. He is an expat living in Denmark, who makes a living giving lectures on random topics that he has developed expertise in (but he's not a professor). He gave his latest lecture on crop circles in St. Petersburg, Russia, and was traveling through Tallinn on his way back to Denmark. (NB: Denmark is the smallish country sticking off the top of Germany on the left side of my Eastern Europe map - it's unmarked.) Mom, since you expressed interest in crop circles, he gave me these sites for you to look at:
- What is apparently the best site on crop circles
- The guy's own site on crop circles
Otherwise I just walked around, saw the Gulf of Finland, tried a piece of elk meat at the market in town, and also found out what Estonian recycling receptacles look like:
But now I am in Tartu skipping the first half day of my conference. I'm going in after lunch to see a professor from Middlebury give a talk, but the stuff I really want to go to starts tomorrow (plus I really wanted to sleep in this morning!).
Not much to say about Tartu yet, except that my hostel is nice. I have my own room with a bathroom and a kitchenette. I also have an ethernet connection to the internet and a TV. Now I'm going to get back to drinking my Nescafe, which is just coffee-flavored water, as far as I can tell.