A day with Karin

During my first evening in Tallinn, I had the pleasure of wandering around Tallinn with Karin, a friend of a friend who lives in Lviv. She’s lived in Tallinn for several years now, and she grew up in the Estonian countryside. Work has been slow during the summer because many people she works with are on holiday, so she was able to meet me at 4:30pm on a Thursday to show me around.

July 21, 2016
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Tallinn arrival

I can’t lie: I was a bit nervous on the way to my first unfamiliar destination. I didn’t know a lick of Estonian, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But Tallinn looked beautiful even as we landed in the regional jet from Paris.

July 21, 2016
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Detour: Illegal Paris

If you haven’t heard of Detour and you live in or are visiting San Francisco, Austin, New York City, London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, or Marrakech; do yourself a favor, download the app, and experience one of their self-guided walking tours today. My first Detour was Radiolab Austin, which covers the serial killings of servant girls in the late 1800s. The second one I did was Making Market Street in San Francisco.

July 20, 2016
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Paris, day 2

Today was the day to try Sneha’s food recommendations! I started at Berthillon’s take-out window. After much deliberation, I went with a very French flavor (caramel au beurre salé :arrow_right: salted butter caramel), a very non-French flavor (yaourt au yuzu :arrow_right: yuzu yogurt), and a huge dollop of chantilly cream (€5.10). It’s very expensive for the small portion size, but the flavor quality makes up for it. There wasn’t too bad of a line when I arrived at 7pm on a Wednesday.

July 20, 2016
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Paris, day 1

Paul, one of my TAMS classmates, is currently assigned to Palantir’s Paris office, so I made an exception to visit this city despite having been here a few times already. His apartment is in Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement.

July 19, 2016
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The anti-packing list

Just as it’s valuable to know what made it into my 7kg of luggage, I think it’s just as valuable (if not more so) to know what was eliminated and why. All of these items are things I actually tried out in person and took full advantage of great return policies to get rid of later.

July 18, 2016
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Which birth control methods are travel friendly?

Many questions arise when you start planning a really long trip. As a woman, I started wondering which birth control methods are friendlier for someone on the go. (Any methods that I don’t mention are ones I have no experience with but ruled out because of questionable effectiveness, bulk, or frequency of having to fuss with it.) Don’t get me wrong: I’m using birth control for its secondary benefit, which is controlling my menstrual cycle. This is a pretty cool superpower when you need to limit the quantity of feminine hygiene products you have on you.

July 17, 2016
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