Helsinki #5. Writing.
Friday, October 24th. Wrote a few pages and I was quite content because I could feel my fingers.
In the evening an other group came at Ilpo's place, and we chatted until one. They were nice exchange students who studied in Finland from France, Spain, and Germany. I got to speak German again which felt ...
Helsinki #2. Wet feet.
My night on the couch at Inko's place was very comfortable, and I woke up around 11. A quick breakfast with cereals and pesto-toast replenished my energy, and I walked into a mild Helsinki day. I spent this day writing and blogging, but I was concerned about my shoes, because the left one had a ...
Tallin #4
And so a few days passed. Hosted by very friendly Estonians that made me feel really welcome, I managed to write some pages and finish the German story I was working on, plus some other stuff. Well, this is not my writer's blog (as opposed to writer's block) anyway. I had a great time and ...
Tallinn #3
Another day went by in peaceful reflection and writing. I stayed at Ellu's place now, a very friendly Estonian whom I met at the party my first night there. I produced enough pages to be content and lie back in complacency at night.
I still saw something of Tallinn though...


Well, that's Estonia: ...
Tallinn #2
The next day I had a lot of coffee and I managed to write a lot. I also began to take this blog seriously. Then I walked through the Old Town, which is really impressive. Enclosed in medieval city walls, there are a few square kilometers of cobble stone roads with beautiful houses. I walked ...
Riga #2
Breakfast was free in the hostel, and I really enjoyed it. It was already 2 PM as I went out to walk around Riga and find a place to write. Once out of the Old Town, I strolled through a park and found the atmosphere vibrating. Suddenly, a black Ferrari showed up, with soaring engines. ...
Riga
The night was short. John took an earlier bus to Riga. I stayed in my bed until checkout time, and went to the bus station at one PM. I missed a lot of the beautiful scenery on the way to Riga. I still was really sleepy and the driver had to wake me up as ...
Vilnius #2
My second day in Vilnius began with a simple breakfast together with the cleaning ladies. They were really working too hard, vacuum cleaning the community room several times, and doing my dishes, despite of a paper on the wall that read Your mum doesn't work here,
so wash everything you use by yourself.
I pointed ...
Vilnius
The overnight bus took me all the way to the Lithuanian capital, where I arrived around ten. I went straight to the "A" Hostel, a place which was cheap and functional. I slept in a Japanese pod-bed, that is a tiny cabin per person, ten in a dormitory. I threw my backpack on the mattress, ...
Gdansk/Danzig #3
Another day in Gdansk. [I did not yet reconstruct the happenings after the drinking as described in the previous post and the way I spent this day. I hope the images speak for themselves]



Gdansk/Danzig #2
The day began with a large breakfast, the same as ever. I went out with Kathryn, and we had lunch in a famous local restaurant called Turbot, where they claim to serve all food that is mentioned in the novels of Günther Grass. That kind of rounded my experience of Gdansk. The restaurant was really ...
On my way
With hindsight I can say that the biggest hardship of my first week was related to trying to get out of Berlin. I thought it would have been easier, but I was a bit naive, to be euphemistic. I just shut the door, packed my infamous 70 liter blue rucksack and went. Hit the road. ...