|We enjoyed another easy day in Tallinn. We don't understand why Estonians
feel they need an extra 'n' or 'l' in Tallinn; the country isn't large
so maybe it's overcompensation. We read history to learn about Estonia's
past. Like the other Baltic states, Estonia has not experienced much independence.
Sweden, Poland, and Russia have all ruled this land. Estonia just gained
independence from Russia 10 years ago and since then Estonia joins anything
European and avoids anything Russian: NATO and the European Union are
top priorities for Estonia. We've heard that because they don't take independence
for granted, Estonians are fiercely nationalistic. Maybe so, but the atmosphere
in Tallinn is relaxed.