Pete and I went to Tartu on Saturday. It was my first time leaving the Tallinn area, so I was happy to see a new city! It almost felt like we were backpacking again; the weather was similar, and Tartu didn’t feel like Tallinn at all. We felt like we had left the country.
We left Saturday morning and arrived in the afternoon (the bus ride was just over 2 hours). The bus to Tartu was really nice; leather seats and WiFi.
We arrived and found that Tartu was super small. The weather was great! Pete and I love showing up at new cities with no plans. We always seem to have a great time, and Tartu didn’t disappoint! Only in the evening did I need to put on my coat. Other than that, my long sleeved shirt was fine. We had a fantastic time wandering around the city. There is a large university in the city, so there were lots of young students (and tons of hipsters). The city also had a pedestrian street, which I have missed having in Tallinn! We enjoyed delicious food, got a few souvenirs, and even ran into the missionaries (we knew one of them because he had served in Tallinn previously). Enjoy the pictures!
Pedestrian streets. One of my favorite aspects of most European cities.
Tartu University’s main building. It’s a bit grander than Pete’s university (understatement).
I wasn’t going to post this picture. But we thought it was hilarious. Man and Baby. And Pete.
Russian Orthodox church. It felt very lived in; not touristy at all.
An old Lutheran church–very simple inside.
The beautiful terracotta decorations were replicas, unfortunately.
I wanted a picture with this cool sewer thing, and for some reason, Pete forced me to lay on the ground. I think he just wanted to see what he could get me to do in public.
We happened upon a beautiful botanical garden. I can only imagine how great it is during the summer.
This building is tilted!
We got amazing (but a bit expensive) crepes at a little French restaurant. We had an hour before we needed to get back to the bus station and it was cold outside, so this place was the perfect place to hang out. We even got a table with two plush armchairs.
One of the few places I wanted to go to in Tartu was this old Catholic church. It was such a cool place! Pete liked climbing on the walls while I worried about getting yelled at.
Tartu had a lot of awesome bridges!
This band was great; they played “I’m a Barbie Girl” and the James Bond Theme song.
It was a great trip! We’re heading to Parnu on Tuesday, so we’ll be posting again then!