It was one of the things in my “to do” list. It was there since the beginning. Because it sounded bohem, cool and an encounter with the nature. And when it finally happens, it is not. It is frightening, dark and full of weird noises which reminded you to huge bears and wolves that want to tear your throat apart. Now I am laughing about the situation, actually, I was already laughing about it when a kind and helpful woman took me home after I knocked on her door when it was already night. The important thing is that is a funny anecdote and nothing bad happened.
Get lost in the forest is something that I can cross out from my “to do” list now.
April passed very fast, as a lot of things happened. Next to travels within Estonia and outside of it there were also events in the youth center. Also my last handicraft-club took place and I went to a dance-evening in Hargla with other volunteers, what was very funny. :D
But April began with a travel near to the Russian boarder – to the city called Narva.
In Ritsu we keep practicing Parkour with Vabadussport, so each 2 weeks I have a weekend full of muscle pain; in Ala, I keep doing my sports club where I just have to listen what kids want to do, that means basketball and football from time to time; with the folk dance group we are learning a new choreography and I’ve learned some new steps; every Tuesday and Friday I try to attend the volleyball trainings in Tõrva Gümnaasium; and on Thursdays I am teaching Spanish to some well-motivated group of women, from whom I also learn some things. And that is part of my routine of being in Ritsu.
And to break the routine...
Even though in March was the beginning of spring, Estonia somehow missed this date, as it was snowing on that day. :D
Nonetheless we could finally see some sun and things look good, that spring will also arrive in Estonia. :D But to not only talk about the weather… My march was also really cool, as I could do again some ceramics and Tania and I realized the “Tankla meeting” (our initiative project), which we were planning already for a long time.
This past month was a bit crazy. It was not so much about visiting Estonia, but about travel abroad. Actually just one travel, but it was more than enough. For the first time and may be also the last time, I was in Iceland. As one of my Spanish students said, Estonia was not enough cold.
But actually, the beginning of the month started with that great experience of the defence league in Ritsu. They organize a 3days winter camp and trying to find a place to sleep in the sports hall was a whole adventure with almost 150 youngsters.
End of February – so I have most of the time I am here already behind me. :O
I have to admit, that it is a weird feeling. I can remember the first days here so good on the one hand, but on the other those days already seem so far away. Looking back, what I did since then and how I got used to my new surroundings.
I am now used to living alone, managing my day and cook for myself. I also found my place in the Youth Center and keep doing my club. Also I could see already something of Estonia and met other volunteers. :D But still, I have so many plans, what I want to do in the Youth Center and which travels I would like to do…
But let’s talk about February :D
January was full of new experiences and nice plans as going to watch Pitch Perfect 3 with friends, walk on a frozen lake or have a tea in the top of the wooden tower here in Tõrva while the sun was setting. After say goodbye to Christmas and my friends of Tallinn and go back to work I still can see Christmas decoration everywhere. What is that? Any kind of tradition? Because we are already in February and still!
And talking about decoration, I should think about the one in my new room, because my Russian flatmate is quitting the voluntary service (sadly) and his room will be empty now and I can move to it (happily). Now we are going to be just two foreign girls living in Tõrva. We are going to celebrate my move this Friday, so if you are reading this on time you can come and share our happiness because we don’t have to share room anymore! Although I had no big problems with that situation, I should confess that I almost killed Nadja just a couple of times when she was snoring and I got insomnia.