DAILY PHOTO: Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia

Looking over the old town toward the Gulf of Finland

Looking over the old town toward the Gulf of Finland

The Estonian capital is a study in contrasts. The old town is medieval, yet fully wired for wi-fi. While it’s historical, it’s not one of those highly homogenized historical districts. The colors are varied and vibrant. One can see the iconic, silo-shaped towers and the steeples from many churches. In the background sit the cruise ships at port. The port is one of the vestiges of the Soviet era, a concrete monstrosity that will be built over soon enough– if it hasn’t been already. Outside the historic district, modern glass and steel buildings are shooting up all over. In the old town one spies the trappings of wealth; just outside it one witnesses poverty.