Estonia

After catching  a boat across the Baltic from Helsinki, I cycled east and then south along the Russian border and then back west again and into Latvia.  Estonia is one of my favorite countries visited. Friendly people, nice scenery, interesting history, and good food was just part of the whole experience. This was  part of a Norway->Sweden->Finland->Estonia->Latvia bicycle tour (more on the tour here).

I need to come back and do a full write up, but Estonia stuck with me as an amazing country of contrasts:

Heavy metal and accordians

Lively nightlife and berry/mushroom picking (a very popular local activity)

Northern Europe's tech capital and 13th century castles

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