My goal for today was to have a relaxing day. I did all of my sightseeing yesterday, so I wanted today to be leisurely and not crazy.
I went to mass at St Peter and St Paul Cathedral, which is more new for a church in Tallinn
I went to the Master's Garden to get a cup of coffee after mass. This is a nice little alcove area that has some cute shops, but on Saturday it was crowded. An Irish woman I ran into yesterday told me service was spotty here. Then again, being from Ireland where a bank robber is your BFF, I took that comment with a grain of salt.
My first bout of snark today came with the waitress when I ordered a cappuccino and added 'with milk.' Ok, I know they come with milk. Not sure if I was thinking I said coffee, because when you order a coffee and want milk, you have to say it. Snark Lady said, 'yes, cappuccinos come with milk.' Really? Wow. Ok, then. No tip for you! Not even 10%. My cappuccino (with implied milk) was fine, and it was nice to sit outside in solitude.
I stopped at the tourist office to see if they knew of any pubs showing NFL games. I knew it was a long shot, but I thought I would check
At 3:30 I had a massage booked at a water park, but was able to use the sauna areas as well beforehand. I went to Kalev and they told me to go downstairs to the wellness center. Well, that lady told me to pay and get a wristband upstairs. I went back upstairs and they looked at me like I was an idiot. I don't know if it was my previous acts of rudeness or what, but I almost left and was getting frustrated. Finally, the woman started being somewhat helpful and got me squared away.
Sidebar: I will be respectful in your country and do my very best to not be an 'ugly American.' But there is only so much rudeness even I will take. Sometimes I think it's ok to push back a bit, if you are not being treated kindly. And that goes for any country, and any place.
I got changed and found the water park. I visited the steam room, the pearl bath, the lavender path, the shower pool and the sauna. Because it was all co-Ed, we had to keep our suits on. But the women's changing room had two saunas and a cold water pool that had a sign with a swimsuit with a big X in it, so when in Rome...or Tallinn I should say.
After I had had enough of sweating profusely, I changed and went to the Wellness center to wait for my massage. It was exactly what I needed and I was also given a free smoothie as part of my package. So, the spa ended up being fine, once I let go of my frustration and just relaxed.
I decided to have dinner at Pegasus, which I had also read about for being good. I saw my friend Laura, the waitress from Friday, hosting. The service and food here were excellent. Decided to go with a vegetarian dish as I was getting tired of beef.
My mom is keeping me up to date on the Packers game and said they aren't playing too well. I still wore my Packers shirt with pride today! I noticed walking around tonight that there are fewer tourists. So if you ever decide to come to Tallinn, try to not visit on the weekend. :)
Tomorrow I will fly to Istanbul and spend the night. Home on Tuesday. Can't believe it's almost done.
Thanks for reading,
PS. Packers win! :)
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Tallinn, Harju maakond, Estonia