“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. Local time is 13:00 EEST and the temperature is 22°C. For your safety and comfort, please remain seated with your seat belt fastened until the Captain turns off the Fasten Seat Belt sign.”
- Welcome to Tallinn (day 0)
- Tallinn: the Old Town (day 1)
- Tallinn: from past to present (day 2)
- Tallinn: the Baltic Sea (day 3)
- Tallinn: photogallery
Hi! My name is Jacopo and I am an italian boy from Verona who was born in the mighty 80’s. Well, to be honest I was born in the 1989 (still in the 80’s!!!) and this thing is important for 2 things. First of all this is enough to say that I was there during the best expression of Heavy Metal ( \m/ ) and secondly that I’m “old” enough for not knowing really well the est-europe. What I’m trying to say is: when I studied geography at school this situation was still quite new and all I learned (better, all I can remember) is that once upon a time there was URSS, but now, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, there are a lot of new countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. That’s all I know. “Th-Th-Th- That’s All Folks!” (― Porky Pig). Ok, I know what are you thinking: why is he telling us that? Well, that’s easy. Every story has a beginning and I wanna put the beginning of this one in Estonia.
“… welcome to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. …” Tallinn. Estonia.
Estonia! Whaaaaaat?!? Why I’m here now? Well, it’s a long story, but for sure Estonia is a place I never thought to go until six month ago. I told you, i didn’t know anything of this place except that it is a far land from Italy, a cold country on the Baltic Sea and a ex soviet region. Let’s take a step back so i can try to explain you everything. Remember, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” (― Lao Tzu). Are you ready?
Let’s start with a brief history of me. During the last 2 years a lot of things changed in my life. I achieved my bachelor degree in Mechatronics engineer, found a job, quitted that job, started a new one and I had a break-up after a 9-years-relationship. My first, real, break-up. After that I had some bad moments and some good moments, I met other girls, had a lot of parties and fun, I started a new relationship, made my first tattoo and come back to play basketball. I was enjoying my life until I had another break-up. Again. At this point I had my blackout. Blackout, a massive power failure with the result of a utter darkness. Maybe it’s a too strong word and it doesn’t explain completely what happened to me. In a few words let’s say that I was again alone and completely unsatisfied of my situation. I’ll be back on this later.
“Expect everything and attached to nothing.” Probably this is one of my favourite quote. For someone it could be sad or no-sense, but it is something that I have in my mind since I can remember. I’m not saying that I don’t have feelings or that I can’t love anyone or anything and so on. The idea behind that quote is that I have -must- count on myself and I have to be happy with myself and for myself. I think that you have to reach this status quo to be happy and to enjoy other people in a healthy way. Life is so complicated for everyone, and it’s selfish to live behind others. Life is a rollercoaster of good and bad moments. For everyone.
“To reach what you want, you must give-up what is holding you back.” After my little blackout I started focusing on me. Now I’m following a Jacopo oriented lifestyle. I started training myself at the gym seriously (2 hours every day for 6 days a week) and, most important thing, I started to travel again. One of the things I love most. Alone. Travel alone it’s not easy, in particular if you are not in peace with yourself, but it’s also the best way to get to make it. When you are alone you can count only on yourself and you can’t lie to yourself. Try it.
So after my blackout I went in the crazy Berlin for 5 days, 3 days in Florence (OMG at Firenze Rocks I saw Volbeat, Guns N’Roses, Helloween, Iron Maiden \m/ ) and now 1 week in Tallinn and Helsinki.
Here we are now. After 5 hours of plane “Welcome to Tallinn.”