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.
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.
…is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It’s kind of romantic. All the lights, the Christmas markets, hot wine in the street and the typical sweets. I can feel how the supposed cold character of Estonian people has changed. May be is because they feel more confident with me or may be it is because of the festivities.
It was kind of difficult to explain to my mum that I was going to spend Christmas and also New Year here and not go to Spain, but she already knew it because she knows her daughter, of course. So I have been here all month and I am not planning to go to my country up to now and no in a near future.
My December... I really enjoyed December. I really liked (and still like) going to the Youth Center, spending the weekends in other places, meeting new people and feeling the Christmas vibes.
Every week there was something, like student company markets, baking cookies and decorating the youth center. Also I went home (Austria), where I finally saw my boyfriend, friends, family and relatives in real-life again. <3 After one week there I came back to Estonia, where I celebrated New Year in Tallinn.
By the time I am writing this, there is snow everywhere. It’s so amazing to wake up and that the first thing you see was snow covering even the smallest leave, that my mornings are not bad anymore. I feel like a kid when I’m going by the streets kicking mounds of snow and I know that people here think there is something wrong with me, but this is so new to me that I don’t want to pretend not being happy. I feel blissful with this kind of winter. And yes I have tried to eat snow from the sky.
There is just one little thing wrong with Estonian winter. I am having some troubles with the daylight, or the lack of daylight to be more accurate. Even though I am quite active, when I leave work around 6 o’clock, it’s already dark and my body understands this as bed time. Drinking a lot of caffeine doesn’t seem healthy or effective. So please, help me giving me some tricks or advise to endure that situation. PLEEEEEASE. Me, Nadja and Nina will be eternally in debt with you (Tolly is always closed studying Estonian so he doesn’t care).