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Tallinn Traveller

Brent Morrissey writes about the historic town of Tallinn, Estonia, for Vegan Life

Tallinn is a small and historic capital which sits on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the post- Soviet state of Estonia. Although easily overlooked by your average holiday maker or sun seeker, Estonia can be a great holiday destination for those searching for something slightly off the beaten track. Tallinn is an old city that still maintains its original charm, yet caters for all kind of tourists very well. As a country with ties to old Soviet Russia, Estonia is more progressive than one might assume. This progression has also shifted to its cuisine, attitude and the ease of vegan life, especially in the capital Tallinn.

I have visited Tallinn many times over the past few years. Being only a short ferry ride from Helsinki it’s an ideal destination for day trips or a quick weekend get-away. Naturally with its short proximity to Finland and cheaper prices, the majority of visitors and tourists to Tallinn are Finns stocking up on cheap booze and shopping in one of the many shopping centres this small city has to offer. However, due to the beautiful old town, Tallinn does attract tourists from further afield to take in the medieval historic sights, magnificent Gothic architecture and visit the vast number of museums Tallinn has to offer. So what’s there to do in Tallinn and, more importantly, where can you go to eat?

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December is a tough act to follow and I do feel a little sorry for January, which seems to have the reputation as the dullest, coldest and most bleak month of the year; if the months of the year were being picked to play netball, January would probably be picked last… Traditionally, January is the month when people decide it’s time for a change and put their house on the market, change their job, dye their hair green or make ambitious New Year’s resolutions. Every January of my adult life I have tried, in vain, to change a habit or routine, like ridding myself of my unhealthy tea addiction or seeing friends more often. This year, with the help of a couple of articles in this issue, I have decided that this January I am not going to change a single thing — my motto this January is going to be ‘new year, same me’. We have some wonderful articles to help boost your mood, and your confidence, this January. Surrounded with pressure to lose weight and go on a health kick to get into shape for summer we have focused on body positivity in this issue. We have spoken to vegan body positive warrior Mica Day and argue that exercise should be a tool for enhancing mental health and wellbeing as much as physical health. To tie in with our special feature, Fat Gay Vegan has also written a fantastic piece on body shaming in the vegan sphere, which I enjoyed immensely. January is also a great month for reflecting on how far we have come as a community. More people than ever are coming to the realisation that the way that we are treating most animals is wrong and I have a tingling, excited feeling about what the coming year has in store for us. 2018 is going to be the year of the vegans. I hope that you enjoy the issue and, remember to buy your Vegan Life Live tickets for next month!