What has traveling taught you? I can only answer for myself so I am going, to be honest here. It has taught me to be more open to uncertainty. The trip that I have mentioned here, came out of the blues. Since I have always been the one with an inbuilt planner in my head, I was a little hesitant in accepting this generous offer. I work in marketing and was asked to fill in for an employee. I was asked to attend a conference in Estonia and return the next day. I thought it's going to be a quick trip but it turned to be longer than I expected it to be.
After my conference, I had an entire day to myself. I browsed the internet for a nearby shopping mall and after an hour of scrolling, found myself booking a bus ticket to Tallinn.
Tallinn is a small city in Estonia. But do not take this at the face value. The city is a stunning hybrid of 21st-century lifestyle with 14thcentury tradition. I am a huge fan of the medieval era and therefore decided to book a day tour of Tallinn Old Town. It was a tour for a small group (10 or fewer people). It was just four tourists(including myself) and our tour guide.
The guide was an expert at the town’s history. She patiently listened and answered all of our questions. When I asked her to recommend a place where I can get a good dessert, she called her friend and asked her. It was a different experience to see the town from the eyes of a local. She told folktales of medieval times and how people used to live and dress up. It was a fun experience.
Taking her recommendation, I made a reservation at Rataskaevu, a popular restaurant in Tallinn. The restaurant was just 0.1 miles from Tallinn Old Town so I decided to walk and take in the view. The place had a neo-classical interior and a wholesome vibe to it. I ordered Salmon for the main course and Blueberry cheesecake for dessert.
The tiny city must have put a spell on me because as soon as I got back to my hotel, Revelton Suites, I changed my ticket so that I can stay for one more day in Tallinn. My boss was surprised at my sudden change of plans and appreciated my decision.
The hotel I stayed at had impeccable hospitality. Not a lot of people were comfortable speaking English so I tried to limit my conversation with hand gestures and facial expressions. The staff was polite and friendly. In my opinion, the staff at your accommodation makes a huge difference in your overall experience of the trip.
The next morning I decided to delve deeper into the city life of Tallinn. The first stop was HOP Gallery. It was the most beautiful art gallery I have seen in Europe. It was small but had stunning artwork. I tried to take in as much art as I could in those 3 hours in the gallery. I had lunch at a vegan place, called Vegan Restoran V.
The trip would never have gone this smoothly, had I not booked United Airlines Flights. Being my favorite airline for international travel, they really know how to keep up with the ever-growing competition. I could extend my trip for one day because it was so easy to make changes in my travel itinerary with the airlines and check my United Airlines Flights Status. I highly recommend flying with such cooperative airlines.