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After the races in Latvia, we packed up and drove straight North to Albu, Estonia for what would be the final pair of Scandanavian Cup Races for the year. Driving through Estonia in the late dusk wasn’t exactly the most breathtaking drive; it was mostly cold, and snowy, and empty. But there were a few highlights, which happened to both be in gas stations.

First, apparently they have gender-specific windshield washer fluid:

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But what may be even weirder is this creation… Im not sure how you would classify this piece(s) of food, and if you really want a puzzle, think about this one; how would you actually make something like this, with the layers of ketchup and mustard already encased in the pre-formed bun?

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One of the afternoons, we ventured into Tallinn, which is an incredibly beautiful city, and an awesome mix of new and very, very old. There are a lot of great pieces of architecture:

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And some sweet views from hilltop castle that is almost 1000 yrs old:

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But I don’t think some of these streets would meet code in the US:

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They have what might be worlds fanciest McDonalds. The waiters bring you your cheeseburgers, and they have these giant, heavy, wooden doors as the only entrance:

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There seems to be quite a bit of culture in the city, and Cole was really stoked about one of the latest musicals playing:

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Also, where else can you buy clothing from Bjorn Daehlie and DC Shoe Co in the same store?

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The racing in Albu was great, and I know that our whole group learned a lot and found them to be great racing experiences. For a little more in-depth report of the races, check out the SPRINT and DISTANCE race reports on NNF. The National Nordic Foundation has been essential in making this trip, as well as the upcoming World Junior/U23s, and OPA Cup trips happen, so we are all super appreciative of their support, and for all of you, the ski community, for supporting NNF! You are moving skiing forward!

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John K Dahl and Paal Golberg leading the mens A final.

I am now in Turkey for U23 World Championships, and man, this place is a whole another world! Needless to say, there should be lots of material to blog about, so check back soon for more from the Middle East!

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