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Leapfrogging by Soren Kaplan

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9Bring It Home

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I thinkI have ended up where I intended to be.

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In the town square of Tallinn, the capital of the Baltic country of Estonia, there’s a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that’s several hundred years old. When I walked by it, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the chalk-scrawled sign in front that read: fair coffee and decent pies, soup full of elk. I also noticed that every Western tourist who glanced up at this makeshift billboard smiled from ear to ear. How could you not? I’m convinced the three young Estonian women running this restaurant knew their audience well because their house was full. In around 300 BC, Aristotle said that “the secret to humor is surprise.” Clearly ...

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