yes, thanks lukey !
i have developed an interest in estonia after learning about their economic system; then dated this girl from estonia in Dallas last year; so i'm fairly sold on going there now.
any info is appreciated.
What do you want to know? Lot's of beautiful girls - very young mind, 16 to early twenties from what we found. ALL SINGLE and happy to mingle!!!
As it's a small country in terms of population with 1.4 million people (spread over land the size of Republic of Ireland) combined with the fact it's only been free market for 20 years the economy there is very small, though albeit on the up. There aren't many jobs there unless you are very skilled and even if you are wages are much higher elsewhere so most young people seem to think 'let's travel and have a good time than work here for a couple of hundred euro's a month'
Therefore most young people do tend to move abroad, either into EU, US or Australia for travelling and work experience purposes. That may explain why so many of them are very young as they are still at college/University. This is the conclusion I have made from speaking to many people and friends I have that live there.
I would AVOID the main square in Tallinn for food and drinking. It's was very tourist trap-esque if that makes sense, a bit like the red light district in Amsterdam. we went there 1 night and was very disappointed by the service - all 3 dished came out 5+ minutes apart and prices were similar to Western Europe (London Amsterdam etc). We didn't pay for the food but we didn't contemplate going back there. Get you in get you out type of affair - never going to see you again so who cares. Like with most cities if you look 'just outside' the inner centre things are more suited for the locals and offer better value.
The next day we found a great place outside about 3 minute walk outside the old town called 'Vapiannos' http://www.vapiano.de/frame.php?lang=ee#
they're some sort of chain throughout Europe I believe, though I can honestly say Id never heard or seen of it before or since. They do freshly cooked pizza/pasta/salads all made right in front of you. You also get a swipe card to pay your bill as you leave and they hand you a remote fob so when your pizza is ready it flashes and vibrates then you head to the counter
As you can tell I was very impressed with the place, think I've eaten there 4 times in about 5 days in Tallinn and will defo go back again. The food is simple but yet to die for! I'm sure there are many other great places to eat, get recommendations from people but defo check this out if you go Tallinn and take any of my advice make sure it is this
The girls that work in there are beautiful and very friendly - but this is a given anywhere in Estonia to be honest. I'm young, only 26 (relatively) good looking with a London accent so the girls took an interest in me but I think it is their nature. If you're an outsider they will try to help you and be friendly but they have met 1000's of drunken tourists so don't think they will fall at your feet no matter how good looking you are.
I will be going this summer for sure to party and get away from it all, possibly even on my own for a day or 2 as I can fly there return for under $100 if pre booked - guessing as you're a septic tank you don't have that privilege it may be well worth you considering a tour of the Baltic states while you are over there. It's worth noting that you can travel from Tallinn to Tartu (second biggest city in Estonia) by bus for about 10 euros, I think you can then travel on to Riga (capital of Latvia) again for about 10 - 15 euros. Nice buses with free wifi too.
If you go to Tartu there are some good clubs, I went to 'Club Tallinn' which was wall to wall with UBER honeys - way more so than anywhere in Tallinn, though apparently according to my local friends they claim that is the club where ugly people go and Club Illusion is the best place to be.....eitherway if you want eye candy in you're in Tartu it's a no brainer to check these places out.
Another place worth going to if in Tartu is http://www.facebook.com/6teistkannu
, especially as it's owned by a yank too
It looks very much what I think an American diner looks like (from the movies that is, I've never gone state side), on Sundays they have drum karaoke and local lager Saku is 1 Euro a .5L (or pint as us Brits call it). Nice and relaxed and very 'non-touristy' place to meet locals who will welcome you.
This hotel is worth checking out if you're on a budget http://hotell.khk.ee/eng/general
but not if you want to be right in the centre, either way prices here aren't that steep if you book in advance and use something like expedia or booking.com. They have some of the college girls working the reception desk as it's built right next to the newly built school/college. When I stayed there I went to go ask for an Iron for my room......there was this 5'10 blonde size 6, no older than 18/19 beautiful girl there just smiling at me, I thought I had died, she was smoking hot and so modest with it too!!
Taxi's here are cheap and better English speaking drivers here than I found in Tallinn. There is a large Chinese restaurant in the centre of Tartu 'Tsink Plekk Pang', they also do Indian cuisine but as a connoisseur of Indian food I opted for the Chinese as not to be disappointed (which I wasn't).
Riga is nice though I only was there for about 5 hours or so - they have a chain of eateries there, not sure of the name but they are like buffet style with some really nice food and beers too, I found Latvia to be considerably cheaper than Estonia too. BTW Latvia still uses the Lat instead of the Euro but exchange rates are pretty fair in all the major banks in Estonia/Latvia so have no worries about changing currencies up - JUST MAKE SURE YOU TAKE FRESH CRISP NOTES...anything deemed not perfect will be paid out at a lower rate than originally advertised.
Climb the cathedral in Riga if you go, the view from up there is magnificent.
Maybe this is a bit too much info Lee? I'm sure others will agree with me that considering that Estonia is not on your step like it is for me then you would be mad to just go there and there alone.. Go to the cities but go off the beaten track too, you'll see and meet some great people!