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Tallinn blue hour

Tallinn blue hour (midnight hour actually)

11 months ago this magical evening happened.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

If you look at the church in the foreground you will likely think “Russia”, but if you look at the church in the background you may think “Sweden” or “Denmark”. So where was this photo taken? None of the above but a place in between–Estonia.

III Draakon

III Draakon

III Draakon in Tallinn, Estonia is a fun restaurant for time travel. The food is good and relatively inexpensive too. Read the menu outside as it isn’t posted inside. Once inside, you are transported back to a medieval cafeteria. After ordering the serving wench asks for a certain number of “moneys” and of course you pay in Euros.

The bowls and cups frequently are partially broken. In addition, the costumed employees all stay in character. One of them ran out to try and kill a pigeon that landed on the table. She was screaming and seemed to be literally trying to KILL the pigeon. The customer at the table was horrified, but it brought a big smile to my face.

The reviews on the internet are hilarious because many customers seem to not understand that the employees are in character. They fault the place for rude employees, unhelpful service, or that you have to use your hands to eat. If some of the customers weren’t so dumb this place would have a perfect 5/5 rating.

Baruto 把瑠都

Baruto is making things very interesting for the January Sumo tournament currently being held in Tokyo. While he isn’t my favorite wrestler, he is a distant third to Takamisakari (高見盛) and Masatsukasa (将司) in my book, he has beaten two of the best (including yokozuna Hukuko (白鵬)) so far and is tied for the best record. I hope he keeps it up and forces at least a playoff on the final day of the tournament because I have tickets.

Today’s picture of Baruto arriving at Ryogoku, by the way, is not from the current tournament. I took it last September, during the last Sumo tournament held in Tokyo.

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