baltic tankard

Contributed by PETER STEWART

Forty years ago browsing in my local library I hit on a 1930s edition of a a travellers tour of the Baltic States. For me these countries were then in the Soviet Union and accessible to very few from the West, as a teenager I was curious to know more. In the 80s I was able to visit,but still under Soviet control I was restricted to Tallinn and Riga. Despite my pleas, my Guide would not let me venture further afield. Then in the 90s the Cold War ended. In 2005 I was at last able to Travel freely and was keen to visit the medieval city and historic capital of Estonia-Tartu
it was a delightful place and the people friendly and welcoming. I bought
a tankard with the city arms embossed. Now whenever I drink from ths plain simple object I remind myself how much the world has changed in my lifetime, how these closed societies of my teens are now free and open for all to explore.

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