Hey! My name is Nina (for all the Estonians – no in Austria this name has nothing to do with nose) and I am 18 years old. In February (16.02) I am celebrating my birthday. :D
I am from Austria. Yes – Austria – the small country in the middle of Europa – so no – not Australia. We do not have kangaroos or Santas, which are surfing on Christmas. (as we do not have on the one hand a sea and on the other hand the climate for that).
In Austria I am living in the state called “lower Austria” and there in a village - “Ernsthofen”. It is not the biggest place or a city, but I like it there, as everybody knows each other.
In my free time I like to do music, as I play the violin and the piano. I also like to sing, but the shower is the only one who is allowed to listen to my beautiful show.
I also like to travel. My dream destination would be “Rio de Janeiro” during carnival. But I also would like to see more of the north – too bad, that you need money to travel :D
Also taking photos became a hobby since I have my SLR camera.
Of course I also like to meet with my friends, especially when we activity we are doing requires something to eat.
So in general I like food (<3), but somehow I do not like paprika (I already tasted it, but IDK why, but I don’t like it) and I would probably never order a pizza at an Italian restaurant (if we order something home via Internet, then I am a total fan of pizza) To not only talk about food – I am snowboarding, but I do not like it, when there is bad weather during it.
But when the sun is out, I really enjoy snowboarding and sitting outside of the “ski hut”, drinking warm chocolate and eating “Apfelstrudl”.
In summer I am also a huge fan of good weather, especially when you have free time and you can lay in the hammock and enjoying the warm sun and the birds singing around you. :D
So if I like good and warm weather – why did I come to Estonia?
Well – I graduated from high school this summer and I always knew, that I wanted to go abroad after this. And the program Erasmus+ seemed to be a good possibly to me.
Also I do not really know, what I want to study and I think (and hope), that this year can help me, to find “the right thing” for me – so it is also an “orientation” for me.
I choose to apply for the “Tankla” project, because I thought, that on the one hand it could suit me and on the other hand it combines those two things (working with youngsters and media) in which I am interested in.
But to the question, why Estonia, I do not really have an answer. A lot of people just recommended me a Baltic country, as it is beautiful here.
And I was thinking – why not? – in Austria the people do not really know that much about Estonia, so would I ever come here (if I would not do my EVS here)? – probably not. So I think, it is a good opportunity for me getting to know a country I do not know so much about and be a part of it.
So now I am here for almost 2 months and I have had some situations that are new to me, even funny, because in Austria I was used to something different.
To give you examples:
But all in all I would not say, that Estonians and Austrians are so much different. At my Austrian Event I just heard, that I have too big eyes to be Estonian. (with smaller ones, I would look like one)
I am just really excited about the winter, because I think, compared to Austria, the winter here in Estonia will be so much colder (as everybody is telling me, that there will be minus 25 degrees). I just hope, that there will be snow, but I think the chances are not too bad, as the first snow was here on the 26th of October. (Update: all snow was gone on the next day :) )
I do not know yet how to survive -25 degrees, so wish me luck :D luckily it was not that cold when I came here on the 31st of August, but about my first day (and the following the months) more next time :D
And now I am wishing you all the best, “Head aega” und “Baba!” (good bye)!
In einem Wort zusammengefasst lassen sich meine Erfahrungen hier wohl als überwältigend bezeichnen.
Überwältigend, weil ich so viele neue Dinge erleben durfte und hoffentlich noch viele folgen, aber auch, weil ich merke, wie ich mich einlebe und trotzdem jeden Tag etwas Anderes geschieht.
Estland ist ein wunderschönes Land und ich hoffe, dass ich noch viel davon zu sehen bekommen. Bisher konnte ich schon einige Orte sehen – dazu aber ein anderes Mal mehr :)
(if you want to contact me, because you have questions/… or want to see pics of Estonia
– Facebook: Nina Leimlehner, Instagram: estoni.n.a)