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Day 24: Helsinki to Tallinn
Thinking myself somewhere exotic, I scan my fellow passengers for clues to their nationality. The first one is reading the Daily Mail, the next Newsweek. Leaning artfully against one of the bulkheads, face turned towards the sun, is a striking girl in dark glasses and a black-and-white cloche hat. She could be Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys, if it wasn't for the Lycra cycling shorts. I'm not surprised to learn that she is in the fashion business. She's German, and on her way to a festival in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is, she explains, the one fashion festival held in the Soviet Union at which Russian designers are permitted to mix with their Western counterparts.
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