alternative, music, popular culture

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here?

Check out my latest discovery in the music world. I’ve been a major fan of the grunge band Alice In Chains since the 8th grade when I saw a music document about the band’s early years in the 90’s. However I had rarely gotten familiar with the band’s latest production – not until now when the 2013 album ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’. As a fan of somewhat surrealist titles there was no way I would have passed such a captivating phrase! And what I found, was pretty much gold for a critic like me.

I am wise and you don’t know
A cloud is my home
Only some get in
Got imaginary friend
The devil put dinosaurs here
Jesus don’t like a queer
The devil put dinosaurs here
No problem with faith just fear

I personally don’t have problems with any known religion – as long as they are based on love, understanding, tolerance and free will. In other words, it’s not Christianity itself but some of the ways especially the patriarchy has been interpreting and guiding it since the early years of its formation. In my opinion, every text should be read and interpreted in its temporal context. What you decide to take from the meaning with you, is always a personal choice where your own personal background affects. Of course, people like my grandfather, who sadly have been told since their early childhood that for example being homosexual is a sin, hardly won’t drop their beliefs even if the surrounding culture has changed into a more tolerant direction. And I get that even though I cannot fully accept it.

Yours,

Miah

architecture, history, traveling

Tallinn Old Town (part 3).

This is the third and final part of the ‘Tallinn Old Town’ series! As usual, I tried to end it with a bang by climbing on top of the hill in order to provide you with some cool scenic pictures of Tallinn.

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After hiking in the heat for half an hour – there you go, voila!

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This was only the beginning.

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The Old Town wall from another angle.

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Perfectly planned family picnic; when you are able to pick between the sun and shade.

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And old Orthodox Christian church in the background.

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With the spirit of this one headstrong gentleman I want to end this post and thank you for following the ‘cruise series’! More culture-inspired content coming soon, so stay tuned, everyone!

Yours,

Miah

architecture, history, traveling, veganism

Tallinn Old Town (part 2).

After providing you guys with some overall

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How many times have I already confessed my passion for the old doors and entrances to historically important buildings? All this decadent romance is just too much to pass for me.

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Many of the cafes and restaurants in the Old Town of Tallinn had this rainbow type of interior that I absolutely adore! Yay, more colour to the life and living…

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A rather mysterious entrance into a masseur’s. The dim lightning even on a early summer day is magnificent!

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As usually, I completely forgot to book a table to the best restaurant in Tallinn, Vegan Restoran V, so I had to settle for taking pics only from the outside. Hopefully a proper restaurant review next time!

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A more in-detail pic of what the boutiques at the Old Town are.

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An old wooden building that could quite well be found from Finland, too. Though I think we would traditionally paint the building with the traditional red ochre paint.

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More pics and experiences coming on part three…

Yours,

Miah

architecture, history, traveling

Tallinn Old Town (part 1).

Hi there – and welcome to the first actual post on the ‘Tallinn series’!

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This is the view after a short walk from the D Terminal’ where at least some of the boats from Helsinki and Stockholm arrive. On the far left you may already see one of the church towers of the Old Town. Okay, there might be easier ways to get yourself there but as an old-fashioned countryside girl I’ve just always headed into that direction.

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A touristic restaurant boat with some interesting historic artefacts turned into show pieces.

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The first glimpse of the old town wall circling the Old Town of Tallinn.

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For me it’s always fascinating to observe how the man-made architecture and nature elements are tightly twisted around each other in every part of any given old town.

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Another church.

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Many countries have their embassies located in the Old Town of Tallinn!

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Absolutely loving this particular shade of green.

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We had a lovely lunch (or late dinner) at a Ukrainian restaurant located on the right side of this street.

Yours,

Miah

Finland, traveling

Helsinki-Tallinn Boat.

Moving on in the ‘cruise series‘ to talk about the shorter day trip to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Since the Baltic Sea quite conveniently enables the fast transportation of people and goods between the surrounding countries, these kinds of cruises are pretty cost-efficient and popular amongst the port cities. If you are visiting Helsinki (and have enough time), I would definitely recommend doing at least a quick day trip to the Old Town of Tallinn. My return ticket with the early morning and afternoon boarding cost only 14 euros!

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Helsinki tram passing the West Terminal T2.

Today I wanted to show you another port of Helsinki; the one you use when travelling to Tallinn mainly. The ‘West Terminal’ (Länsiterminaali T2) is located a bit further from the centre in comparison with the ‘Olympic Terminal‘.

You can still quite conveniently make the trip by foot – and see more Helsinki on your way to the port. For example, you are able to visit the lovely flea market of Hietalahti on the way and make some cool second hand findings to take home with you!

But if you’re heading to spend a long day flaneuring in Tallinn, I completely understand the urge to hop into the public transportation and see the views from the window. Luckily, trams number 6T and 7 (via Central Railway Station) go all the way to the West Terminal: just be sure to get off at the right stop, when the display is saying ‘T2’ (and not ‘T1’).

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After hopping off your tram (or other mean transportation) of choice, you’ll find yourself in front of the newly renovated West Terminal!

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If you haven’t already done your check-in online in advance, the personnel at the Tallink info desk will assist you. Remember to take into account that, especially if you arrive a bit late, the line at the desk area might be quite long. But usually there is also a lot of staff there to help you so you should be able to make it on board in time!

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You may also use the self-check-in kiosks (in the picture above)! After getting your ticket (or already having it printed out at home or sent to your phone), you simply show it at the gates – and off you go to the waiting lobby located in the second floor of the glass building!

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These escalators will take you to the official waiting area where you may enjoy a cup of coffee and a sandwich before the gates are opened and the boarding will begin. I would highly advice you to take your time just chilling at the lobby and let the busier passengers get on board first while you’re still finishing your drink at the balcony.

On the other hand, the early birds who have patiently been waiting in line at the gates, usually get the best places on the boat. In the wintertime and during the weekdays there is usually a lot of space but when I did this trip on a sunny spring Saturday, I really had to circle around a bit in order to find a place to sit…

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Above is a picture of the ship called ‘Megastar’ (I don’t know what they’re supposed to be implying with that, though) docked to the terminal building.

And below is an accurate representation of the desperate line of cars trying to get into the boat, working as a ferry as well. I hope it wasn’t sold out and that all of them were able to make it to Tallinn!

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What do you think of the Estonian flag below?

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Like I mentioned before, I had some difficulties finding an appropriate spot for me to sit around. Luckily I found a relatively warm place from the sun deck area.

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On my next post I will show you around the Tallinn Old Town (in two or three parts due to my excessive photography, again)! So stay tuned and feel free to ask any questions or post comments below…

Yours,

Miah