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Author - BackPaco

My name is Paco and I traveled more than 60 countries in the past 10 years. I'm currently working in IT and found the right life balance allowing me to live my traveling passion fully and enjoy my everyday life.

Day 7: Tallinn to Saint-Petersburg – My first steps in Russia

The clock rang at 5h30 AM, I used an app called Taxify to order our taxi. We made it to the bus station a bit earlier and waited; tired and excited to go to Russia. Our bus arrived and we gave our luggage to the driver, and went to see the woman validating the visas and passports with military precision. I got mine verified, and entered the bus and made it to my seat...

Day 5 and 6 : Tallinn Estonia

I arrived to Tallinn on an amazing ferry from Helsinki which is worth a mention of excellence. That boat had nothing to do with our ferries of North-America or South-America; it could be called a cruise ship. The ride lasted two hours and I took that time to relax, check my budget, write about the previous days and upload some pictures. Going to Tallinn’s old...

Day 4: Vappu and a visit at the market

As I walked around the city in the previous days, I could see that preparations for a festivity were going on. The 30th of april is finland’s biggest carnal-style festival and I was to meet a friend in the late afternoon to celebrate with him – I met the dude in San-Francisco 4 years ago and I did tell him back then that one day I would go and see him in...

Day 3: Visiting Helsinki and making cookies

The previous day Lilia told me to buy a 3 day public transit ticket (it made me save over 50$) and I made a list of the places I wanted to visit the most. I woke up feeling great and somehow immune to jet lag, made myself some eggs (thanks Lilia!) and jumped in a bus towards Seurasaari. Finding my way to Seurasaari was not so easy, and I asked several Fins on the way...

Day 1 and 2 : Montreal to Helsinki the beginning of my adventure

Arriving 6 hours too early at YUL airport gave me a lot of free time; I walked around the entire international wing and realized how good YUL got in the last year. I also finalized a few clients’ contract while appreciating the Archibald microbrewery of the airport and made a Spanish friend over a beer. The trip to Amsterdam was great although I didn’t manage to...

Learning Russian To Travel – Week two

Week one has been really interesting as I managed to learn how the letters are pronounced. During the 2nd week I have kept focusing on Babel and the Beginner’s section has three different level (beginners 1, 2, 3) and each of these levels have 20-30 classes of 15-25 minutes under them. I managed to complete the first level!   So my focus during the week...

Learning Russian – Week one

I really wanted to learn a new language as I my Spanish has reached a level that is good enough to use in most situations. I was then hesitating between : Mandarin, Arabic or Russian. Considering I am planning a trip in a few months in many countries where Russia’s cultural influence is still strong. I decided that Russian is a great bet since in many of these...