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Direct To Tallinn

The road to Estonia.

I just saw a billboard that had a tagline for some transport company’s service that was written in English: “Straight to Tallinn.”

I looked at that sign, I looked out the window, and I had absolutely no idea how anything couldn’t go straight to Tallinn. I’m two hours and fifteen minutes into a bus journey from Riga, the capital of Latvia, to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and I’ve literally seen nothing out the window that wasn’t either birch forests or farms. I don’t believe I’ve even passed a village, and the only sign of collective habitation there’s been so far was a collection of trucks and a small hostel an the frontier.

It’s beautiful out here. Beautiful and flat and rural. Kind of like where I grew up in Western New York.

Wait…I just saw my first Estonian. He was peeing in the woods just off of the roadside.

30 min later: I see another one. He’s sitting on a log on the side of the road in the middle of a birch forest.

There is something about Estonia that I like already. There’s just nothing here, and, every once in a while, that’s a very good thing.
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Filed under: Estonia, Travel Diary

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 89 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3515 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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