Yesterday morning we made our way to the food market, Balti Jamma Turg, in Tallinn for some street food and free time before our bus to Riga that afternoon. I mostly just relaxed with some coffee while the rest of the gang wandered off to do their own thing. But I did get to indulge in some Uzbek food for lunch, which was delicious.
Well rested after naps and a good night's sleep, this morning we got to see Stockholm in a non-zombie state. We left shortly after 11:00 and walked 20 to the ferry in Old City to catch the 82 ferry to the island of Djurgården so we could experience the most highly rated thing to do in Stockholm: the Skansen.
Sunday morning we woke up early to say goodbye to a few Monsooners whose trip was ending in Podgorica, and for the rest of us to head to Ostrog Monastery. It was an easy 15 minute walk to the bus station from our hostel, and then about an hour bus ride to the city Niksic. From there the 10 of us squeezed into two taxis which would wait for us and take us back to the station. It was hot and uncomfortable, but for only €20 for each taxi and this incredible monastery, it was well worth it.
One of the things I was most looking forward to on this trip was doing a wine tasting in Tuscany. Why? Because I knew Tuscany was beautiful and I love wine. Erin and I searched around for different options, trying to stay within a reasonable budget, and eventually found one for $50 each. Definitely not cheap, but it was 7 hours long, had tasting at two different wineries, lots of little snacks, and a small stop in the village of Greve so it seemed like we would get our money’s worth. Plus it was one of the cheaper ones.
The free walking tour I had done my first day in Dublin offered discounted tickets for the Irish Whiskey Museum, and one thing I don’t need much convincing for is a tour and tasting of anything alcohol related. Part of the reason why I’ve learned to enjoy these experiences as much as I do (even though they often can be tourist traps) is because it’s an interesting lens through which to learn the history of the country you’re in.
The entire weekend we've been in Edinburgh the weather has been stunning but today it was absolutely impeccable: making it a perfect day for some leisurely strolls around the city and relaxing in some of the numerous parks spread throughout. But before that, Mihaela and I enjoyed breakfast next to our hostel. I had a bacon, haggis, and onion sandwich and it was so so good.
Once we were all together, we made our way to Edinburgh Castle which gave us some beautiful views of the city. The castle itself was slightly subpar in my opinion – especially compared to Cardiff Castle in Wales – but I did like seeing the Crown Jewels (which of course you couldn’t snap photos of).