07/12/13
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Tallinn

At 9:10 am on July 11, 2013, Ivan and I went to the buffet breakfast.  We met up with Tim and Gabbie.

We all headed off the Carnival Legend and walked to the city centre of Tallinn, Estonia.  Walked around the city before going to the meeting point for the Tallinn Traveller Tours free walking tour.

Our guide was a young Estonian lady named Mairi.  She was very knowledgeable about the city.  Mairi gave us a brief history of Estonia.

Our group’s first stop was at Freedom Square where the War of Independence monument is.

War of Independence monument

It’s a weird clear cross with a big E and a hand and sword on it.  The E is not an Euro sign which it’s usually mistaken for, but actually stands for Estonia.

We saw many things during the tour like the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

In the 1970’s, Estonia didn’t have many tv channels.  Illegal tv could be obtained from Finland.  An erotic film Emmanuelle made it to Estonia.  It shocked people and the government found out and after that many power cuts happened.

The Estonian flag has the colors blue, black and white on it.  The blue represents the blue skies, the black is for the soil and the white is for the purity in the hearts of the people.

Jen & Ivan in Tallinn

At the viewpoint, we saw the pink castle and the Tall Herman tower.

Estonian has their own liquer.  Mairi told us of a drink called Hammer and Sickle which is a mixture of Estonian liquer and champagne.  After drinking it, it hits you on the head with a hammer and the sickle hits your legs which makes you fall to the ground.

The Christmas market at the Town Hall Square is the first to publicly display a Christmas tree in the world.  The square also has the Tallin Town Hall in it.  I really liked the dragons on top of this building.

Dragon on the Tallinn Town Hall

Estonia invented Skype.  Estonians believe that wi-fi should be everywhere, so free wi-fi can be found in most places.

Mairi was a fabulous guide.  I highly recommend this great free walking tour.

Ivan, Tim, Gabbie and I sat down in a cool barrel at the Beer House to have a stein of beer and a pretzel.

Gabbie, Tim & Ivan in a beer barrel

We walked to the everything store where we found the Estonian liqueur which is called Vana Tallinn.  We had free champagne left, so we could try out the Hammer and Sickle later.

Tallinn is a pretty city to visit.  I wish we had more time to explore it.

It was a great moment to take a picture with the Carnival Legend in the background.

Ivan & Jen with the Carnival Legend

We got back on the Carnival Legend.  I went to go shower while Ivan went to get a slice of margherita pizza.  He said to meet him t the Urban Myth trivia game.

I ate a slice of margherita pizza and left the buffet with my green tea and went to the trivia game.

Ivan, Tim and Gabbie were playing, but didn’t end up winning.

It was time for the VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) party.  VIFP Club is the loyalty membership for Carnival.  Ivan, Gabbie and I went to the party while Tim stayed to play another Trivia game.  We got free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Ivan with his free drinks

We grabbed Tim and headed to the dining room for dinner.  I started off with chicken tenders marinated with Thai spices while Ivan got a mushroom soup.

Ivan had the salmon for his main dish while I had the red snapper.  The boat was going really fast and it was a bumpy ride, so I was feeling nauseous.

Our dessert was an amazing homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

Ivan, Tim, Gabbie and I went to our room.  I took seasick tablets hoping it would help.  Ivan made the Hammer & Sickle drinks with the Estonian liqueur and the champagne.  It tasted alright.

We headed to the Adult Team Challenge where we joined a team, but didn’t really participate that much.  It wasn’t as racy as we thought it would be.  Our side lost, but both sides got alcohol.

Tim and Gabbie got free champagne from our teammates.  Ivan and I didn’t want any.  Our team started chatting.  It was way too warm in the room and we thought the people were boring, so Ivan and I left to check out the Medusa Nightclub.  There wasn’t that many people in there.  So, we said good night to Tim and Gabbie and headed to our room.

05/28/13
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Sailors, Sangria & Wet T-shirts

On May 28, 2013, the weather was looking really bad again like yesterday.  Ivan and I packed our luggage up.  Lil Dave had a sad good-bye with his new friend Reggie the bear.  It was time to leave the cool yacht Encore.

Ivan, Lil Dave, Lee, Louise and I got into a taxi to Magaluf.  We went to Sotavento club-apartments.  Outside the pool area, we noticed lots of young British people.  The place looked very pretty and trendy inside.

Ivan and I wanted to check in, but the room wasn’t ready yet.  We filled out our paperwork.  They ask way too many questions like your address and e-mail address when you’re checking into a hostel or hotel.  I’m not sure what they do with this information.  We stored our luggage in the storage room.

Everybody was starving, so we were set on finding a restaurant as soon as possible.

We walked all along the beach to check out Nikki Beach’s menu.  I knew it would be too expensive.  Ivan complained to the hostess that it was even more expensive than the one that used to be open in Las Vegas and he thought that was expensive.  Lee got embarrassed by this since he will be coming back here.  Ivan doesn’t care what people think.  I wish I was more like that… I try to be, but I still do for some reason.

We walked back to the first restaurant since the rest of the restaurants looked alright, but nothing too special.

We sat down at The Beach Club and Ivan ordered a jug of cava sangria.  I have always loved sangria with red wine and never tried white sangria until this trip.  The cava sangria is so light and refreshing.  It’s definitely a drink for the summer.  I’m going to make it when I’m back at home.

The menu was small, but with reasonable prices.  Ivan and I each got a Skagen wrap which is a slightly sweet mayonnaise mixture with shrimp.  Ivan also had a fruit salad.  The food was so tasty.  The DJ was playing some cool lounge house music.

The Beach Club pool

Our table was right by the pool.  The Beach Club is really pretty.  It was quiet though.

There was a loud bar next door filled with young girls.  Of course, Lee and Ivan went to go check it out.  The music sounded weird like some folk music probably from these young girl’s country which we were thinking was Sweden.  The girls were really getting into the music and dancing around.  A guy who had his shirt off was wearing an Indian head thing and a lei who was standing on the tables.

It turned out they were from Sweden and probably all 18 years old.  The Terrible Twins (Ivan and Lee) were invited on their boat party at 5 pm.  But, if Louise and I wanted to go it would be 50 Euros for each of us.

Lee & Louise at The Beach Club

It was fun to chat and laugh with Lee and Louise while enjoying the lovely cava sangria.

Ivan and Lee kept saying how they’re going to go on the booze cruise with the young Swedish girls.  Louise and I were thinking they were full of it.  Louise said Yah, go ahead. I know Louise didn’t want to go on that boat with a bunch of young 18 year olds.  Although, it would be funny seeing them on the boat get even more drunk than they already are… and puking on the side of the boat.  I didn’t care what we did really.  I’m usually up for most things unless it’s skydiving or bungee jumping.

The crazy Swedish girls left a few minutes later.  Ivan and Lee left to see what was going on.

I knew they’d be back shortly.  The boys came back and said that the boat was super full, but they found a cool busy bar with a Wet T-shirt competition which was two bars down.  So, we paid our bill and headed to Mambo’s Terrace.

It was packed with Brits.  This is where all the people were!!  Lee was all excited since the Wet T-shirt was going on and apparently one was really fit (good-looking).  We grabbed a table with a good view of the stage.

Ivan and his beer

Ivan and Lee got beers while Louise and I were only allowed vodka lemonades.  I guess we had too much sangria already.

I noticed a bunch of guys dressed as sailors and figured it was a stag do (bachelor party).

A few minutes later, one of the sailors gave us a free tray of shots. He was really nice. He told us to take some and then pass it along. The shots were Sambuca.

Wet T-shirt competition girls

We kept watching the wet t-shirt competition.  The girls would give the judges (who were guys from the audience) a lap dance and then go talk to the MC.  The MC was asking questions about their life.  I’m sure the people in the bar didn’t really care where she was from or if she had a boyfriend.  After, the girl would dance on a little platform and get sprayed with water.  Most of the girls were quite rough and weren’t very pretty.  Their bodies were alright.  Louise and I thought one tall blonde girl looked like a horse.  The best girl was definitely Maya who was pretty and had a nice body.

Wet t-shirt competition entrant

Louise and I were rooting for her to win.

Later, the girls had to ride the mechanical bull.  The point wasn’t about making the girl fly off. But, instead the controller was making sure the right parts were bouncing.. so it was really slow.  I think I could deal with that kind of mechanical bull ride.  Maya was quite flexible and made a great pose on the bull.

Fancy moves on the bull

The winners were announced and sadly Maya came in 2nd place.  The fit blonde bird (who wasn’t really fit at all) that Lee liked won.  I don’t know why though – she wasn’t anything special.

I just HAD to get a picture with one of the sailors who was dressed like Popeye.  I thought it was hilarious.  At this point, I was drunk and I’d talk to anybody.  When I’m sober, I can be quiet shy around people I don’t know.  The English sailors were quite funny.  The group of guys were a stag do like I thought.

Me and Popeye!

I was talking to Popeye and he looked very sober.  I told him he needed to drink more and asked where is spinach was.  He didn’t even drink the Jager bomb that the other sailor was passing out to everybody.  One guy named Sam.. he was very huggable.  He was like a teddy bear.

Me & Sam the huggy bear

I asked the English guys where they thought I was from.  I was trying to talk in an English accent since I’ve been around Ivan, Lee and Louise (who are all English) lately.. I thought I might be catching their accent.  But, they weren’t fooled and said America.  I told them my husband was English.  They asked which one and I said the one with the cat ears.  A few got excited and said Let’s go meet the husband!

I was over there talking to the sailors for awhile.  I saw one who had a lock in his ear and I told him he looked gay.  Even his picture turned out quite camp.

I went back to our table because Ivan thought I should come back.

Louise being Asian

We chatted and were thinking of going somewhere else since the bar was clearing out.

I went to the toilet and when I came out a young black man approached me.  I thought he was so cute and kept pinching his cheeks like a grandma does to her little grandson.  He said he was 31 years old and I said Oh, you must be 25 years old.  He’s probably a lot younger..now that I think about it.  He wanted to take me back to his place.  I see why Magaluf has the nickname Shagaluf.  It’s so easy to get shagged here!  I laughed and said I was married. But, that didn’t seem to deter him.  I asked him where he thought I was from.  He said London.  I was so happy about that.. since I fooled one person.  Although, it would be better to fool an English person.

We walked around to find dinner.

Lee's ready for food!

Lee really wanted to go to Godfather’s since he’s been before.  I was glad to use the free internet.  Ivan ordered the grilled sole while I got the chicken breast.  My chicken breast wasn’t anything special.. just ok.  Ivan’s sole looked huge and tasty.

We walked around Magaluf.  Ivan and I kept stopping in the souvenir shops.  I found one shop that had really funny souvenirs.  We bought a few things like a hula skirt and penis keychains.

Lee thought we should go somewhere to have a drink before we called it a night.

We went to Alex’s Bar and had a drink.  I’m so glad that we had a really fun, crazy day out.  We said bye to Lee and Louise since they were headed back to the yacht.  Ivan and I walked back to the club apartment and checked in.

We took it easy – we used the internet and had pot noodles for a late night snack before going to sleep.

05/25/13
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Mallorca

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had to wake up early at 11:40 am on May 25, 2013.  We packed up really fast before leaving the great Airbnb apartment. 

We walked outside of Dalt Vila Castle to look for a taxicab.  We got lucky and found one shortly in the street. 

The driver took us to the airport which is only a 10 minute ride away.

The plane arrived late, so Ivan and I played our Candy Crush Saga game on our phones.  There was a beautiful view from the airport of the sea.

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We walked to the runway to the small Iberia plane.  Ivan and I noticed that we could see the men putting on the luggage onto the plane. 

Our plane left at 2:25 pm.  We arrived at 3:05 pm in Mallorca, Spain. 

We got a taxi to Puerto Portals which is located in Palma de Mallorca. It’s a beautiful place with lots of pretty big boats and yachts.  Ivan and I wanted to grab a bite to eat before meeting Lee and Louise. 

Ivan checked out the restaurants Flanigan and Wellie’s.  He thought Wellie’s looked too English and decided that we should go to Flanigan instead.  Lil Dave got a few banana tapas..  Ivan and I shared a few tapas: fried eggs with fried squids on top, squid croquettes and anchovies and tomatoes on bread.  We also pre-ordered the apple pie which takes 30 minutes to cook.  It looks like it’s one of their specialties.  Ivan thinks this because it’s the only dessert listed on the menu.  It better be good for 11 Euros! 

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I’m not really sure why the menu said that the use of mobile phones compromises the preparation of the apple pie.  I thought maybe they were using a special oven that is interrupted by cell phone signals.  But, I thought more about it and thought it was just to stop annoying people from having loud conversations that nobody wants to listen to.

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The food was so tasty.  The apple pie came and It looked more like a crepe than a pie. 

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It was simply delicious.

At 5 pm, we walked along the port to find Lee’s boat.  A few months ago, Ivan’s friend Lee invited us to stay on his big boat for a few nights.  Louise waved to us when we were near the Lee’s boat which is named Encore. 

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Lee’s big boat is beautiful.  It has 3 bedrooms and a BBQ on the sun deck.  It looks brand new!  Lee really keeps the boat super clean.  Lee showed us around the boat and our room. 

Ivan thought it was a yacht, but apparently it’s a big boat.  I’m not sure what the definition of a yacht is.  But, according to The Free Dictionary website, a yacht is “Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels, generally with smart graceful lines, used for pleasure cruises or racing.”  It sure sounds like it would be a yacht. 

It’s so surreal to be staying on this cool big boat or yacht… just so freaking cool really. 

Lee and Louise served up champagne with raspberries and we made a toast.  The champagne tasted lovely while sitting on the top deck of the boat.  It was great to catch up with Lee and Louise.  Louise is Lee’s ex-girlfriend.  She’s such a sweetheart and very pretty.

Ivan was talking about Magaluf which is a tourist area on the island of Mallorca.  It’s a place that’s well known for young British kids to go party.  It has gained the nickname Shagaluf – I’m sure you can figure out why.  I’m was definitely curious to see it since the closest I’ve seen would be West End in San Antonio, Ibiza. 

Lil Dave made friends with a little bear named Encore in our room.  The bear’s real name is Reggie, but Lee insists it’s Encore since it matches the boat name.  We even got towels with Encore stitched in them.  Cool!

We chilled out on the boat for awhile.  Ivan and I bought some pirate gear and even bought rum (since pirates LOVE rum!) for Lee. 

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He loved the pirate gear which included a pirate’s hat, sword, telescope, earring, eye patch and a bag with rum inside.  Ivan and Lee are alike in many ways since they’re both really immature and love to play jokes.  I found out later that people called them the Terrible Twins on their African Oasis trip a few years ago which is very fitting.  I was thinking Double Trouble.. but the Terrible Twins has a ring to it.  The fake clip-on earring made Lee look gay… so it’s probably not best to wear that out unless he wants some unwanted attention from gay guys. 

Everybody got ready to head out to Magaluf.  Ivan, Lee, Louise and I left in a taxi around 11:15 pm.  We dropped off Lil Dave and Reggie to the monkey area in Magaluf.  I hope Reggie keeps an eye on Lil Dave. 

Lee and Louise said it was a lot busier in Magaluf last weekend.  We got drinks at Stereo.  in Stereo, you buy one drink which gives you a free drink, a WKD drink and a shot.  The drinks were very watered down – no wonder it was so cheap! 

The WKD drink was a nice Smurf blue color. 

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If you want to know what the color blue tastes like, drink a WKD.

I saw a few hen parties (bachelorette parties) getting drinks at the bar and groups of British guys having fun. 

We headed up the street and it reminded me of a carnival since I saw a carnival ride up ahead. 

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It kind of looks like a poor man’s Vegas with the neon lights everywhere on the bars.. 

We ended up at Alex’s Bar which had go-go dancers.  I’m not sure how they dance outside in those skimpy outfits – it was so chilly out. 

There was a boxing match on against a British guy vs. a Finnish guy.  I think that’s why it was so quiet in Magaluf. 

I really liked the décor in the bar area.  It was very colorful and unique. 

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One British guy kept patting me on my head because he thought I was cute.  I do seem to attract attention since I’m super short (not even 5 feet tall!) and Asian.  There are not many Asian tourists in Spain. 

Ivan, Louise and I were hungry since we only had some chips earlier for a snack.  Lee wasn’t hungry for some reason.  Lee went to go visit his friends at the bar while we went to KFC for some grub.  Ivan and I each got a chicken wrap.  We definitely needed that.

A few minutes later, we got a taxi cab to Puerto Portales.  Lee went to go change.  He changes more than any girl I know.  Wow, it’s like he’s changing outfits for the Miss America pageant.  Lee said the bar we’re going to, everybody dresses up. 

We walked to Ritzi Bar Lounge.  Louise was right that it was pretentious in there.  Most people were dressed like they were headed to the nightclub.  The music was decent dance music. 

Ivan wanted to head back to the boat to get changed since he felt way underdressed.  He put on a nice dress shirt and I changed into a black v-neck.  Ivan thought my white t-shirt was too bright.  I wasn’t too bothered about what people thought about my outfit. 

We chatted, danced and had more drinks.  The DJ was drunk or something… he played the new Daft Punk song three times.  That’s not right!!  He did play most of REM’s song Losing My Religion.  I was happy since I remembered all the words (How does our brain keep all our favorite song lyrics?) and it reminded me of high school. 

Louise and I wanted to head back to the boat.  We all walked back to the boat at 4 am.  We had a great day, but now it was time to get some sleep.  Ivan and I watched a cheesy episode of The Wright Way before heading to sleep.

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