I am not sure whether unfriendly, unwelcoming, or very reserved is the right word to describe the people I encountered. I felt as if I was inconveniencing anyone I talked to. Zero smiles. Zero acknowledgement. Zero random conversation with strangers. Very short when you talk to anyone. Very to the point, no small talk. One day, I sat outside at a restaurant and the waiter came over and semi-scolded me and a friend for deciding to just sit down without checking. He seemed so upset by us doing so he had to change our table to the waitress.
Stays light in summer until midnight
Old Town is the definition of manufactured tourism, locals do not go there. It’s very fake.
Weird dynamic between Russians and Estonians. For the most part they do not get along, they live in separate areas. I felt speaking Estonian to a Russian was a bad move.
Prior to going, I was under the impression that Estonia is known for having the most beautiful women on Earth and many more woman than men. I even was told by an Estonian woman I met in the USA before leaving that it has the highest proportion of supermodels per capita. My experience does not confirm these notions.
Cheap, especially for European standards
For being such a “tech” forward city, there was one coworking place in the entire city center general area. I found that very odd. Also wi-fi seemed to be not functioning often in cafe's and restaurants.
Let me clarify E-Residency: I signed up for it and was not allowed to open a bank account. You wouldn’t normally setup an offshore company there due to the laws (it would make the admin very expensive). I have no use for my card.
Gyms don’t have water fountains
Cars go out of their way stop for you as a pedestrian 100% of the time
Super cheap data. I bought 20GB for 10 Euros.
Low end casinos everywhere
Useful Phrases (phonetically spelled)
Quidas lahab- How are you?
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