We took the ferry to Tallinn and then had our own bus that took us to Tartu. The bus trip took an insane amount of time and I have no idea why since the distance between Tallinn and Tartu is just 165 km. I guess the traffic was pretty bad since it was a Friday, but still, four hours is just too much! I was desperate to get off the bus towards the end of the trip!
We stayed at a hotel called Dorpat, which was basically a good hotel close to all the places of interest. I shared a room with a colleague of mine and was very happy with the room and everything else regarding the hotel as well.
Once we'd arrived, we had dinner at the hotel. I had a veggie soup and a potato patty with mushroom sauce, so good!
I went pretty much straight to bed after dinner as I was so exhausted from the bus ride, and it was getting pretty late anyway.
The following morning, we had a guided bus tour around Tartu, which was quite interesting as you got to hear a lot about the city while seeing places you definitely wouldn't see if you were there on your own and without a car, such as an old military airport runway where we did some speeding with our bus, heh. We also went to a KGB Cells Museum, which was interesting but obviously creepy as well. Certainly makes me respect the fact that Finland managed to successfully fight for her independence so that our people avoided being treated the way the Estonians were once we already were free of the Soviet Union!
After the bus tour, we wandered around Tartu pretty freely. Me and a few others went to see the University of Tartu and the Dome Church's ruins on Toome Hill.
|The view down from Toome Hill.|
|The Dome Church's ruins.|
|The Town Hall of Tartu from the back.|
We walked down to Town Hall Square to see the statue of the Kissing Students in front of the Town Hall of Tartu before going to a nice little coffee shop to warm up since it was pretty chilly outside.
|Napoleon cake and hot chocolate, mmm!|
|We all fell in love with this amazingly delicious garlic bread! No words, you'll have to try it yourself!|
In the evening, we were off to eat again, this time at Püssirohukelder. Their specialty is this soup that's served inside a huge bun:
|My main course.|