It's amazing what a stretch of water can do. The Baltic Sea separates Sweden and Finland from Estonia. And the struggles of the last couple of generations couldn't be more different on opposite sides of the Baltic. Traveling to Estonia spices up any Scandinavian visit - especially if you connect with the people and let them tell their story.
My guide, Mati, spent his time in the USSR military driving Soviet officers around the Crimea. Estonian boys got this plum assignment because they were considered smarter (and therefore safer) than village boys from the interior of Russia.
Visit Rick Steves’ blog for the rest of his interesting experiences and education while visiting Estonia. Click here:
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