Part Two – “A House Of Legends”

Tallinn Backpackers Hostel is a model example of what backpacking is all about and one of my favorite hostels to date. I’m confident that anyone who stays there would hold a similar sentiment; as long as you don’t break their rules…


Rule 1. Facebook isn’t allowed after 7:30pm, if you are caught, you will be doing a penalty shot laying on your back. Not that bad?  While the shot varies depending on what’s in the fridge, the one I witnessed was; Fish oil, Tabasco sauces and a dash of vodka.  Their goal is to make you throw up.

Rule 2. You cannot use or spell the word “Mine” at anytime. The penalty is ten push ups with a clap at the end.

*Following rules are in effect only after your first beer is opened and carry a one sip penalty.

Rule 3. Earthquake! Beer must always be one finger length away from the edge of the table.

Rule 4. No pointing. You can use your elbow, fist, but no finger.

Rule 5. Consume with the clock. Whatever side of the clock the minute hand is on, is the hand you must drink with.

Rule 6. You cannot say; Drink, Drank, Drinking, Drunk or any variation of the word.

These rules are strictly enforced after your first beer and few escape its intoxicating grip.  (Disclaimer; The first rule, is their only “rule”. The others are part of the “Game of Life”)

Enough good things can’t be said about the staff.  The Hostel itself is fantastic but it’s those who live, work and play there that are the fuel that energize it.  So grab a beer, break a rule, and see if you can play in the backpacking major leagues.



Oh, and one more thing, “I’m getting drunk with the same drink I drank with my wrong drinking hand” (See picture below).  Face.


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