Posts Tagged ‘Estonia’

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.

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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

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

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

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

TAMMISPÄÄ KALAPIDU 2017 – Fishparty on ice

March 13, 2017

Good afternoon, lovely readers!

I am going to tell you about this awesome fishing party I went to on Saturday. It all started with a call on Thursday, from an unknown number. After I answered it, it was Kaidi who is the mother of one of my students and an active member of the community! She asked me to help her out at the party on Saturday and I said YES!

So Saturday, we got there and luckily one of my students just arrived next to the land with his snowmobile and we got a lift to the centre of the fishing party. So the party was held almost in the middle of the lake. As the ice is thick enough, it could carry us all and the party. People in Estonia have been ice fishing since forever and some people do it for living. Once we got to the party centre, we met up with Kaidi who was dressed up as a massive fish and went over the games and ideas for the kids during the day.

The atmosphere was unbelievable, the DJ was playing tunes and all of a sudden the host announced the beginning of fishing and everyone scattered all over the lake. We hung out at the centre and checked out people fishing too. We did our own fishing as well, as you will see from the pictures. The kids were excited, running from one fishing hole to another. At the end of the day, they announced the biggest fish, the smallest fish and one of the fishers won a TV!

It was such a cool experience and I can’t wait to take part of it next year. Definitely props to all the people who were responsible for this event, they did a great job!

This is the bye to the winter season, can’t wait for Spring to start!

Triinu x

Renovating The Bedroom Part 1

March 6, 2017

Hello, my lovely readers.

Some of you might remember that in September we started the renovation of our bedroom. I wanted to share some of the room with you today, the other half is not quite finished yet as we haven’t picked out our closet yet.

The bed was in this corner before we started the renovation, so we decided to put the bed on the same side but the opposite way. The bed was made by Stella’s dad, who has hands of gold! It was personally made for us, which makes it more special.

Here are some more photos of the bed and the chest of drawers in our bedroom. This chest of drawers is older than I am! I love a bit of vintage addition to the room. Also, we got the window replaced with a door so in the summer we could just head straight to the pond from our bedroom. My dad did most of the building, we just followed his lead.

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Just found these lovely frames from Koduextra and I am trying to find a place in the house for them! I love making our home feel more like our home.

So this is the update on our bedroom – I can’t wait to show you the other side once it is ready!

Do you like renovating? Let me know!

Triinu x

99 years since this country first saw freedom.

February 28, 2017

Happy birthday, dear Estonia!

99 years ago this country had the chance to become independent and it took it. Although we were occupied again and had to wait until we could gain independence the second time, we are independent right now to celebrate our 99th birthday. The last 4 years I have lived abroad and haven’t had a chance to celebrate Estonia’s birthday. But this year we celebrated with a walk through the forest and a lot of cake!

Also, we had the chance to listen to the speech by our new female president. What an example she is. She is an example to all little girls out there – you can do it! I feel like I would love to meet her and speak to her about her ideas and thoughts.

The night ended with looking at all the lovely dresses at the party and enjoying some Estonian films.

I am so lucky to come from a country like Estonia.

The most wonderful time of the year

December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas to my lovely readers!

I wanted to share some pictures of my holidays with you. We had the chance to visit Tallinn Chritmas Market with my parents and have a walk around the Old Town on the 23rd.

On the 24th of December, we celebrate Christmas! We got our real Christmas tree up in the room, decorated it, watched a good film and got ready for dinner. After dinner – Santa came! So we had to recite poems, sing and dance to get our presents from him. I love seeing Santa every year, what a cute tradition!

On the 25th we had massive meal with some of my friends in their mansion and had a lovely walk around the grounds.

Christmas has been lovely, I can’t wait until the New Years when my husband’s family is over. I have massive plans for resolutions that I will share later.

 

Happy Holidays!

Triinu x


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