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I'm Indian, have lived in Russia and travelled to Estonia (and a lot of towns in the interior of in the former USSR where few foreigners visit). I have not experienced racism of any kind. In my years of travel in the region, if there were a few instances of unfriendly behavior, it invariably involved young men who had a lot to drink. You should be able to ...


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There exists racism everywhere on the planet, including in Estonia. Hans Glaubitz was ambassador from The Netherlands to Estonia between 2005 and 2006. He is married (or at least was at the time) to a male black Cuban artist (at the time, there were only four countries and one US state where same-sex marriage was legal). Within a year, he left due to, ...


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For days to count under a bilateral agreement but not the 90/180 rule, you must have exhausted your 90/180 rule days but not your bilateral agreement days. So you would have to finish your stay in Spain or Austria and leave the Schengen area directly from one of those countries. Spending your time in Estonia at a later time, therefore, will not be possible....


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Disclaimer: I'm estonian and live in Estonia, thereby my view may be quite subjective. In general, you should be safe. Most people here do not share racist views, although in light of recent years migration crisis in Europe some people have started hate every other human being, having different color of skin or different (esp muslim) religious views - ...


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Your best bet is English, since to a first approximation, everybody you're likely to encounter in Estonia speaks English. Fluency in Finnish is fairly low and declining, especially among the post-1990 generation who grew up watching English media, not Finnish TV. While the languages are closely related, the pronunciation and vocabulary is sufficiently ...


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As can be seen from Wikipedia, the legality even in European countries varies greatly from country to country. In Latvia, Estonia's neighbour, for example, pepper spray in canisters is classified as a self-defense device and can be bought and carried by anyone over 16 years of age. Pepper spray handguns can be bought and carried without any license by ...


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Airbnb and Couchsurfing are two services often used to find accommodation hosted by locals. Airbnb accommodation is paid and varies from mansions to hay bales. By specifying "Shared room" or "Private room" in your search, you can often find rooms, mattresses, etc. in apartments or houses occupied by locals. The degree of interaction with your host depends ...


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The understanding of the world "highway" differs from culture to culture. There is the E67, is that enough for you or are you asking for a more substantial road?


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It is a rather common source of misunderstanding in ex-Soviet Union countries. Soviet Union used to state your ethnicity in your passport, and in Russian language it is called "национальность" (natsionalnost). It is a second most typical confusion in ex-USSR immigrant/visa communities after "what should I put into Middle Name field"? When the English ...


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I spoke to my uncle who did this twice a few years ago. This his recollection. The first time his train was around 10 minutes late, the other train was still waiting, and moved off almost immediately. The second time did not go so well, and he was delayed on the first train by almost 90 minutes. The connecting train had departed. He had a long and ...


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Having recently returned from Estonia and having traveled around the country solo, without knowing the language, I am happy to report that with the exception of the immigration officers, my experience has been completely positive. It is true that people in this part of the world just do not smile and are not gregarious and outspoken, like you might expect in ...


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Indeed Estonia has very few directs flights from anywhere and the situation has gone worse over the last couple of years. But there are a few alternatives which can make everything more fun, if you have time to travel. Fly to Riga, enjoy this great city for a day or two, take a bus to Tallinn. The trip takes about 4 hours and costs between 13 and 30€, see ...


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I've travelled from Germany to Mexico (via Atlanta) and Australia (via HongKong) with pepper spray in checked luggage without any problems. The TSA regulations say: Self Defense Sprays - One 4 ounce (118ml) container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. ...


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Simply put: no, there is no such road (expressway or motorway) nor high-speed rail through Poland in that direction Why do you ask for "continuous" one?


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Since you're leaving from Tartu and Riga is a viable alternative to the Tallinn airport and a much better option as a flight gateway. According to the flight schedule Air Baltic has at least 6 scheduled daily flights to Oslo/Gardermoen including 1 at 22:00 and one at 23:05, which will suit your schedule nicely. You're right about the buses from Tartu to ...


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The festival grounds (Lauluväljak) is a bit out of the way but not very far (a little over 3km east of the old city). There are several bus lines going past the festival grounds, including 1A, 8 and 34A from Virus Keskus and line 5 which goes through the old city, each with 2 to 4 buses per hour on Sunday. Some lines go to the Oru stop on the other side of ...


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There are multiple options available without the long layover from SkyScanner and Rome2Rio and those with long layovers in Moscow or Munich. But I am sure that you can find something with a stopovers at other places St. Petersburg, Russia and then just take a train from there.


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I believe that it is the Independence Victory Column. It was built to celebrate the successful war(s) of independence of the Baltic states and Poland in 1918-1920. Or maybe you mean the Maarjamaae War Monument on Pirita Beach. This was a World War II memorial.


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Yes she can leave on a foreign passport, but I'm not sure how smooth or bumpy her exit from Estonia will be (as there's a division who can and cannot be a dual citizen). As your wife is Estonian, your daughter is therefore Estonian citizen by birth (not due to her being born in Estonia). The Citizenship Act states § 5. Acquisition of Estonian ...


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Are you talking about this one? It's called Russalka Memorial.


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I think a good place is Viru Square (Viru väljak) it's practically attached to the Historic Centre and there are several spots, like the Sokos Hotel Viru or the Viru Keskus shopping mall. From airport there is the line number 2, bus stop A.Laikmaa, the ticket price is 1.60 €, according to this page


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can he apply for an Estonian Schengen tourist visa? He can certainly apply. If visiting Portugal was his main intent and would be the country where he spends most of his time, Estonian officials may think he should apply to Portugal. See top answer to Would Netherlands refuse entry for a Schengen visa issued by the French embassy? If he plans to spend ...


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If you check in at a counter, yes. If you check in using a kiosk (using your two booking codes, one 8-digit and one 4-digit code), then no.


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There is a kiosk open until 24:00 at the airport (but it is until 21:30 on Sunday), and you can buy a SIM card there. It is located at the right side from the exit gate. However, only Tele2 prepaid SIM card is sold, and only one plan (7 days, 5GB for about 3.5 to 3.7 Euro) is available. You don't need to get through a bothering verification process; just ...


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One afternoon is sufficient to see most, if not all, of the Old Town, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. As an alternative, in case of bad weather, or as a complement, in case you are rushing too fast through the Old Town, you can consider a visit to the Museum of Occupations. Interesting, instructive and easy to reach: http://www.okupatsioon....


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I could be wrong on this account but I think that the only document that will allow you to carry pepper spray into a plane might be international law enforcement credentials. Save that it will most likely to be confiscated during check-in. Especially so in Israel. Your best bet if you want to have it while you are in the country is to buy one locally.


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I assume you have Schengen Visa Type (C), which is valid for short stay for: Tourist Business You can use your visa as a tourist, there are no separate Schengen visas for business and tourists.


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This is not particularly odd at all. Most countries do not have jus soli, and Estonia is indeed among the countries which don't. Therefore, babies born to foreigners in Estonia are not Estonian, and so leaving the country for the first time on a foreign passport isn't an unusual occurrence. On the other hand, some countries do have laws requiring citizens ...


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Pepper Spray is prohibited in several countries, for example Singapore. Reason why is that Pepper Spray not only can be used for self defense, but also to help committing crime. You should carefully check the law in your country of destination. Alternatively you can start invest some time to learn some self-defense martial art. :)


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Of course there is! Hostelbookers currently lists three properties for Parnu. A hostel, a guesthouse and a motel. Surprisingly (they normally overlap), Hostelworld has three different properties - a guesthouse, campsite and hostel. Hopefully some of those appeal, although they don't appear terribly big, so it'd pay to book in advance. Hostelbookers ...


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