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Youth Song Festival

July 12, 2017

This year we had the chance to visit the 12th Youth Song Festival. The theme this year was ‘I’ll stay’. It mainly focused on the youth and their enthusiasm to stay Estonian forever and carry on their traditions.

Silver Tambur has kindly written on his Estonian World website:

‘The tradition of the Estonian song celebrations dates back to 1869 and has for long been among the most important ways to carry on the national identity and an independent spirit. Indeed, in 2003, UNESCO proclaimed the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration tradition as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The Youth Song and Dance Celebration is a relatively newer phenomenon – the first one took place in 1962. Happening only once in every five years, it is held at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and the Kalev stadium – just like its “older brother”, the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration. But unlike the “grown-up” of the Estonian song festivals, the participants of the youth celebration are usually in the age range of 7-27 years.’

In 2019, we will have the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration which is as the ‘older brother’ to this year’s festival. Here are some photos from the 12th Youth Song Celebration.


Midsummer celebrations

June 26, 2017

Hello my lovely readers!

This week has been super busy with our trip to Sweden and then Midsummer celebrations. I would like to share some photos of the different events we attended! The first event was the bonfire in Lohusuu – we arrived in Lohusuu an hour before the bonfire, unpacked and basically went to the party. My husband and my dad had been to Riga for a concert the night before so my dad didn’t have a voice and Joseph was tired haha. But that didn’t stop the first bonfire. We played some games and took part in some competitions like welly throw and used a blowgun. I won the blowgun competition! The kids played some games and we had a nice time chatting to the people of our village. Liina and Lucas joined in on the fun and we headed home for some tea and biscuits. The next morning we visited the Avinurme fayre which was so much fun! We got new strawberry plants and some other bits and bobs. On Friday, we had friends over at the house to have a barbecue and make a bonfire! We played some games, ate great food and did some dances around the bonfire. Lucas taught us a frog dance around the fire! It was hilarious, loved it. For the evening Liina, Lucas, Joseph and I headed to the new cafe in our area, which had a dance night on. Luckily we seen couple of friends there who we could join, as all tables were reserved. It was a good night. It’s amazing how people who say that they do not speak English, speak very good English when they have had a few drinks. On Saturday we decided to take it easy, so played football for two hours and then drove around the tourist spots with our friends. It has been such a busy week/weekend, it is nice to sit here on a Monday morning, enjoy my holidays and just chill in the sunshine.



Triinu x

Tack så mycket!

June 21, 2017

Hello my lovely readers!

So this week I had the chance to visit Sweden with my colleagues. It was not my first time in Sweden, but I love a bit of Sweden every now and again. We took the cruise to Stockholm and back. We were lucky with good weather and no strong winds to rock the boat. But we totally rocked the boat haha. We had the chance to visit the King’s palace in Stockholm as well as museums and get a taste of the food culture by eating some cinnamon rolls. We also saw the Estonian school in Stockholm. Our tour guide was my lovely friend Liina who lives in Sweden. We walked through Galma Stan and headed to the port by foot. The weather for a walk around Stockholm was perfect.  On the cruise we checked out the midnight shows, first on was the summer of Rock and the other was dedicated to Swedish songs. My friend Kertu was one of the dancers in the group called Dance Factory, they did a really good job. Also the live band was good so we got to dance the night away to some good live music. Here are some photos from our short but cute trip to Stockholm, Sweden.


Triinu x

Jäääär at jõekäär

June 15, 2017

Hello my lovely readers!

Sorry for the lack of posts this past few weeks. I have been really busy! Today we had an open-air concert at the village where we live. The performer was an Estonian group called Jäääär which means The Edge of Ice. It was definitely a good way to spend a nice summer evening.

Hope you are enjoying the long summer nights.

Triinu x

South of Estonia

June 2, 2017

Hello my lovely readers!

This week was the last week of the school year, so we had a lot of interesting events throughout the week. We finished it off with a road trip to South Estonia. It was absolutely stunning and can’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of the first year of teaching. We had so much fun and got to spend time with the coolest people! When I got back, Joseph surprised me with flowers and a lot of yummy food to celebrate my first year of teaching. What a year it has been.

Hope you all have enjoyed the first days of summer!

Triinu x

Rasmus turns 10

May 20, 2017

Hello my lovely readers!

Today we got to spend a lovely day outside, celebrating an important day. One of my good friends Rasmus turned 10! Here are some photos from the day.


Welcome to Finland.

May 16, 2017

‘You’re an unemployed bum. Should you live in that Finnish city by the lake with the S-market and K-market? Or how about that other Finnish city by the lake with the S-market and K-market? Finnish cities are all so very different!”
Phil Schwarzmann, How to Marry a Finnish Girl

Couple of months ago, my grandma and I started speaking about going to Finland to do some shopping and meet up with a family friend. So we decided to go on a day trip for Joseph’s birthday. On Saturday we woke up early to leave for a day trip in Finland. We took the ferry from the Port of Tallinn, the journey takes about 2 .5 hours, so not too bad. Got to enjoy the nice views and our big breakfast on the ferry. The sun was shining when we got to Helsinki. We walked into the city centre to enjoy some sights and go shopping. After that we met up with an old friend who I had not seen for 15 years. He is a Finnish man who can speak Estonian. The first thing he said to Joseph was ‘Welcome to Finland’ in English. When we asked how long did it take for him to learn Estonian – he said 40 years. We had lunch at a restaurant called Zetor.
The restaurant was so cool! It had old farm type decorations and the menus looked like newspapers. The menu was in about 15 languages and had gluten free/lactose free meals. When I was younger we used to go to Finland at least once a year, but I have never been to a place like Zetor.
After our meal and a catch up, we took the metro to the suburb to grab Rauli’s car and go for a ride. We went to Porvoo which is a charming little city close to Helsinki. Most of the houses are made of wood and the Old Porvoo has a beautiful church. I had never been there before so it was nice to have a walk around this beautiful town. The pictures really do not do justice for this place.
We had a drive around Helsinki, visited the Sibelius sculpture and had ice cream in the sunshine. We had so much fun and it was nice to see an old friend. I can’t wait to go back to Finland and travel further.


Triinu x


PS the last photo is of Joseph’s cake on his birthday, we have a tradition to sing the birthday child up in the morning so my parents and I just sang to Joseph in the morning.

Forest walk to celebrate the end of April

May 7, 2017

Hello my lovely readers!

Last week we had a fun walk through the forest to the next village to celebrate the end of the heart month – April. We were greeted by sunshine when we got to the destination. Ever since Sunday it has been sunny every day, I can’t wait until it is summer. Here are some photos of our walk! Also, frogs have taken over our pond as it is mating season! It actually had about 50 frogs in it. My dad took one of the frogs out and a moment after taking the photo he dropped the frog on me haha!

I love spending my weekends outside in this lovely weather. Can’t wait to share more adventures with you.


Triinu x

Canoe trip on the river Avi 2017

April 30, 2017

Hello, my lovely readers!

This weekend we had the chance to go on a canoe trip! The Peipsi-Alutaguse society had prepared this awesome canoe/raft trip. Unfortunately, the weather was not the best so we managed to do 12k out of 19k but it was so cool! Joseph and I took the canoe, my parents were on a raft. There were minor problems like getting trapped by a tree or smashing into a rock but otherwise, it was a fun way to spend part of our long weekend. The river took us back to our village where we got to eat some soup and some cake. I was absolutely frozen once we finished the trip. It literally took me 15 minutes of warm shower and standing by the fire to heat me up. I can’t wait for next year and hopefully better weather to take part of this canoe trip.

You can check out the rest of the photos and videos from the event page on Facebook:

Kanuumatk 2017

Triinu x

Recipes from Peipsi

April 24, 2017

Hello my lovely readers!

I wanted to share with you a little recipe book that I helped to translate. The next one is coming out in July so watch this space! All these recipes are traditional recipes from the area we live in right now. The first book was published in autumn. I will share my take on one of my favourite recipes from the book with you.

Pie with rhubarb

1250g of flour (I prefer almond flour), 3 eggs, 500g of margarine, vanilla essence and agave syrup.

The topping (optional): 8 whipped eggs, 5 tbsp of agave syrup and 350g of flour.

Prepare the dough with all the ingredients and put it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll the dough until flat, add chopped rhubarb on it. Mix together the topping ingredients and pour the mixture on the dough. Then pop it into the oven for about 20 minutes at 180C.

All the recipes are quite easy to follow and available in English, Estonian and Russian. Also, they can easily be adapted to your dietary requirements.

I can’t wait to see the second book published!

Triinu x

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