Welcome to Tallinn, Estonia.

The pastel, photogenic capital city. Sitting on the Gulf of Finland is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in my (long, long, long) 22 years. Tallinn’s Old Town is the best preserved Medieval city in Europe and boasts the honour of being a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Late last year I spent a few days nestled in an Airbnb in the heart of the Old Town (linked because it was amazing and had a private sauna in) and have to share how amazing it was and what you can get up to in the Old Town.

Check out my last post on Tallinn’s abandoned Olympic stadium if you want to see the complete opposite of what you’re about to!

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Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds from all over the internet.

 Today we’re joined by the wonderful Jess of Jess & Josh Cook, a blogger who can cook and create almost anything and knows the restaurants of Brighton better than I know the back of my hand.

D: Who are you and what do you do as an online creator?

J: I’m Jess and I’m a food blogger at Jess & Josh Cook. We do recipes and reviews mostly, Josh does all the cooking for our reviews and I do everything else that comes with having a blog.. I also do some freelance social media management for friends which is what I’d love to do full time!
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Last November I spent two weeks travelling around North Eastern Europe, starting in Finland and finishing in Lithuania. Today’s post begins the coverage of the second city we visited, the capital of Estonia, Tallinn!

Tallinn is known for being extremely, extremely beautiful. It’s an absolute fairytale of a city, it’s picturesque, it doesn’t feel real, and it’s quite possibly my favourite city on the planet. However today we aren’t talking about that side of Tallinn, we’re focusing on Linnahall, an abandoned Olympic stadium located just a stones throw from the Old Town.

If you want to know how we got from Finland to Estonia, and all about Helsinki, you can go to my post 72 Hours in Helsinki.

Originally named V.I Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport, Linnahall was constructed for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, hosted in the Soviet Union. Moscow had no suitable facility for the sailing, so the Gulf of Finland on which Tallinn sits was selected. This venue was constructed and became an iconic part of Tallinn.

In the years to come, it became a venue to host all kinds of events, concerts being one of them. Toto performed ‘Africa’ here, and honestly that’s enough to get me to visit anywhere on the planet. Thankfully the building wasn’t used for another purpose – war. Like many buildings in the Soviet Union, the building was constructed with invasion in mind, Linnahall was build to allow tanks to shoot out to sea incase the Finnish invaded.

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Over the last couple of days there’s been a trend on Instagram of stories featuring a couple of facts about bloggers, I have no idea where this began but if you do please let me know so that I can appropriately credit them here.

As it’s been a boatload of fun to read everyone’s facts and learn a bit more about the people I see on my timelines everyday, I thought I’d boost these 5 facts on stories to 20 facts in a bit more of a permanent place.

 1) I’m the youngest of 3 siblings, my two sisters are 11 and 12 years older than I am.

2) I’ve never broken a bone, though I once bruised the bone in my wrist by tripping over in heelies. I was 13. Far too old for heelies.

3) I’ve had a total of 10 housemates in my time, due to uni and house sharing in London. 10 is a whole lot of people to live with over a few years. I’ve had some fucking awful ones.

4) I spent a month travelling around Japan right before my final University exams, which meant that I was writing coursework on the bullet trains between cities.

5) I have a degree in law, a career path I don’t think I’ll actually ever end up going down.

6) I always studied very academic subjects despite deep down wanting to study things more creative. My jobs since leaving education have all relied on creativity, I don’t think I’ll be going back to academia anytime soon.

7) I identify as bisexual. I’ve got a post in the works on this, though it’s a topic I don’t really discuss that much. I always knew growing up that I didn’t feel ‘straight’, leading to a lot of confusion during my teens until I just accepted that I’m attracted to what I’m attracted to at around age 18.

8) When I was 21 I quit my only job to go to V Festival all so I could see Sia perform live. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the time off work and absolutely hated the job so just threw the towel in and got in the car to head to V. That same day I watched Bastille perform, a band I knew little about bar their big hits, and then fell completely in love with their music. I’ve seen them 9 times since then.

9) I really dislike cooking so only make anything that’s quick, easy and cheap. Sounds like a description of me.

10) My absolute worst habit is biting my nails, I’ve been trying to stop for years but always fail. Currently I’m trying to incentivise myself with a record if I don’t bite my nails for a week. It’s not working yet.

11) Cereal is my favourite food, specifically an off brand Krave called Chocolatey Checkers that don’t exist anymore. I contacted the brand multiple times to find out if they’ll ever bring it back, it’s a solid no.

12) I aim to visit 25 countries by the age of 25. As of right now I’m at 18 with the vast majority being in Europe, I’m hoping to expand this to South American and Oceanian countries in the 2 1/2 years I have until I hit 25.

13) I took up archery for a while because I really admired Katniss Everdeen. I was mediocre.

14) When watching TV shows and films, I get very invested in them and must know everything about the world, the behind the scenes, the character’s backstories and motivations, the source material, etc. Watching Game of Thrones ended with me intensely studying theories night after night for months after finishing the books (which also took months to get through)

15) My poison of choice is whisky/whiskey. This all came about because I watched Mad Men, in which every person bloody drinks whiskey all the live long day. Turns out I actually really do like it.

16) I love anime, I spent my teens watching series after series and collecting all of the merchandise. I still love anime as a form of storytelling, though I began to enjoy watching more western series so that I could discuss it and theorise with my friends in real life, rather than discussing it with small English speaking communities online. I still watch anime, though I struggle to find the time these days. My favourite series, that everyone should watch, is Puella Magi Madoka Magica and my favourite animation studio is SHAFT.

17) Glass Animals are one of my favourite bands, I watched their Glasto set as BBC iPlayer put it on straight after Lorde’s. Immediately I knew that I was going to be head over heels for their music. I forgot about them until a few weeks later I saw Dave (frontman) in a bar I was in with a friend but couldn’t place him. Later I put their music on during the bus ride home and haven’t stop listening to them since.

18) I love to run, even though I’m shit at it. I have a knee injury which flares up almost every time I road run or run 5km or more, meaning that I barely go as much as I used to.

19) A huge percentage of my friends I met online. I find it strange looking back at it now, that some of the people I consider extremely important in my life now I met through a mutual love of Pokemon in our early teens!

20) Once John Stamos changed his Twitter bio to a Mean Girls reference because of my tweet. This is my true legacy.

I tag 12 blogging buddies I’d like to know more about:

Midnight and Lace


Halo of Thoughts

Luisa Christie

Joseph Burrows

Modish Male

A Bloke’s Eye View

Ryan Mules

Maff Jones

Mr. Carrington

Squibb Vicious
Life With Maria

+ everyone else because I want to know more about my friends. That sounded almost nice, that’s not on brand for me.