Going to Tallinn, Estonia this summer!

A while back I mentioned this call for papers for a conference to be held at Tallinn University, Estonia, “Educational Travel – Expanding Horizons.”

I just got the good news – my submission has been accepted so I will be speaking at the conference! The title of my paper is “Travel writing for advanced English language learners.”

Naturally, if I’m going to fly all the way to Estonia I want to see more than a few rooms at the university. I’m thinking 2-4 weeks on vacation plus the conference is more like it.

The questions start here. How long do we spend in Tallinn? I write about how I’m a fan of slow travel but I haven’t done it in a long time. And even if I do spend a month somewhere it doesn’t have to be in Tallinn – Tallinn could be the weekend trip.

On a related note, we need to decide if we’re going to try visiting any nearby cities / countries. Top contenders include:

Prague Czech Republic (not really close and I do worry about the summer crowds bothering me)

St. Petersburg, Russia

Stockholm, Sweden

Helsinki, Finland

Krakow, Poland (also not that close)

Copenhagen, Denmark

Of course there may be smaller towns I should consider but haven’t heard of yet. Any ideas for me?

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  1. tony says:

    Try the other two Baltics next door.

  2. Christine says:

    I spent a day in Tallin last summer as one of the stops on a Baltic cruise. It was lovely; another day or two would have been nice there. I loved Stockholm and Copenhagen and suggest spending a few days or more at each city. I suggest a week or two just in St. Petersburg; there’s so much there that you could never see it all. The Hermitage is amazing!

  3. Arthur Finn says:

    Two days in Talinn is probably a day too many. Prague is pretty but way too touristy, Loved Krakow and Warsaw. Poland was a big pleasant surprise. Wroclaw, used to be Breslau, is really worthwhile and pleasant. Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Stockholm are not to be denied. I could have used more than one day in Stockholm. St. Petersburg is a bit tacky but a must see. Hurry to see the Hermitage and Catherines Palace before they fall down.

  4. Sharon says:

    I would include Helsinki…museums, the Rock Church, Finlandia Hall, etc. I was not overly impressed with Copenhagen, some similarity to Amsterdam, but I preferred Amsterdam. Not familiar at all with Russia or Poland, but probably would choose St. Petersburg.

  5. JM says:

    I spent a few days in Poland last summer (Kraków and Warszawa). All areas of both cities I traveled through were very nice and clean. Language barrier was never really a problem as most younger university-age people and many people in the service industry spoke at least some English. I met people in both cities who were EXTREMELY friendly and accommodating. All of the food I had was fantastic, even the airplane food (I flew LOT Polish Airlines, which was an incredibly refreshing and wonderful experience by itself compared to the hell that is US air travel) and food at the airport! The public transportation in both cities was quick, efficient, simple, clean, and cost about $.75! Which brings me to one of the best surprises; how far the American dollar went there since Poland is still on their national currency. I had a huge, delicious meal and 3 or 4 tasty microbrews at a small German-style microbrewery and it only cost me about $10 American including tip. Definitely recommended!

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