Hi! My name is Melina, I’m 18 years old and I’m from Austria.
I just finished school this year and decided to do a volunteering service abroad before starting to study. For one month I’ve been in Estonia now, working in the Taheva Youth Centre and living in the small village of Hargla. If you want to learn more about me and my first experiences here, keep reading! 😊
My September was…
S as in Short
E as in Estonian
P as in Priceless
T as in Tricky
E as in Eventful
M as in Memorable
B as in Bittersweet
E as in Educational
R as in Remarkable
I remember the day when I arrived to Tõrva. In the same moment we cross the borderline of the town all the lights went off. When Nadja –my roommate- opened the door, the house was lightened with several candles. But instead of take that as a bad omen, I thought it was a beautiful way to welcome me to Estonia.
Next day I met Nina. We were supporting some youngsters who are trying to raise a company. -How amazing is it? - Of course we didn’t do much of supporting because we know nothing about business. Instead, we talked a lot and she answered me everything that my curiosity bring out. From that moment I knew she will be a great colleague. She is always smiling and her laugh spreads everybody. As you know, we are working together and she is also writing a blog like this, so go and find out if she also has some opinion about me.
The winter is dying. Many people says that no, that this is only a little spring-like feeling, but the winter will be back in March. I don t know, during the month of February, i´ve seen a healthy winter losing all it´s greatness. Now in Tõrva there´s only snow in the sides of the roads, and in those places where the sun doesn't reach. Everything is wet, and it´s quite dangerous walking anywhere (i felt down a couple of times). Even when February it´s always a short month, there´s many things happening. And i don´t mean only this year, but in general, February is a month full of stuff. But this year was more special, because i´m in Estonia. I mean, in Murcia i used to have a February full of things, but here i had a February full of things + snow. So, if you wanna know what kind of amazing adventures i´ve lived this month, keep reading this article.
Five month in Estonia is a lot of time. If you could take all the time of these five months, i´m sure you´d need a very big recipient to contain it. A cold-proof recipient, otherwise all the time would freeze. I´m almost in the middle of the project, wich gives me contradictory thoughts: In one hand is like "Ohh, cool, i´ll be still the double of time i´ve been already!". On the other hand is like "Half of the time has already gone, time´s going so fast!". Hopefully, both of my thoughs are wrong: Time is what it is. It doesn´t understand about going fast or slow, just goes it´s way.
In November the snow came to visit us sometimes, but in December it moved here definitely. Estonia has been white (at least in the south) and cold. I´ve discovered how is the experience to live a real winter. And i ended up in the middle of a desert, but i will talk about that further.