Posts Tagged ‘life’

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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Teachers’ Day

October 14, 2016

This year I had the chance to be a Teacher on a Teachers’ Day. I am so thankful for all my students and I am so blessed with such a good school! I am so thankful for all the flowers and chocolates that I got. All the students are so lovely! The day started with all the students trying to find the right teachers with their flowers. Then we had a ceremony where we enjoyed our students singing and reading poems. It was adorable! The seniors gave us ‘apples’ that had chocolate in them and diplomas for being good teachers. The rest of the day, we got to enjoy a nice meal with all the teachers and the council representatives. The meal was lovely and it was nice to have time to just relax and spend time with all of us. While we were having a celebration, the seniors were teaching the younger classes and our ‘principal of the day’ kept an eye on the new teachers. On Friday, all the teachers had a trip to the spa for some pampering time and a nice meal. The spa was so beautiful in Autumn colours and the view from the hot tub was amazing! I can seriously say that I am very happy with my job and although teaching is difficult, the good students make up for it! It was an amazing week and I felt like it was my second birthday in the year haha! Here are some photos of the two days.

Triinu x

What it really feels like to live in a hot country?

July 13, 2016

Living in a hot country is amazing, right? It barely ever rains, the wind is always warm and you do not have to collect those coats for winter! The truth is there are pros and cons to everything. Here are some points that I have noticed while staying in a hot country.

  • You do not realise how hot it actually is until you experience it. Don’t believe when people say – oh it’s going to be lovely, you’ll get a tan – No. Most of the time you spend inside to keep yourself cool or covered in SPF 50 to not burn when you happen to be outside. The humidity makes a massive difference, it is not just dry heat that you can hide from in the shade
  • As a person who wears glasses – be prepared to not see. Every time you exit a shopping mall or a cool car, your glasses are bound to fog up! Foggy glasses wherever I go! And it takes a little bit of time for your glasses to adjust to the heat.This means that by the time you’re glasses have cleared up you are probably back inside the mall or hopped into a taxi.
  • You cannot get enough of the pool! It is one place that is supposed to cool you off – sometimes it gets too hot to cool you off but the idea is to trick the mind that it feels cool. Pool games are fun and I find that having pools everywhere is definitely a perk of living in a hot country. Do not forget to wear flipflops or swimming shoes, as the ground is incredibly hot when you get out of the water or when you go in. The sand can actually burn you! At least you can cool your feet down in the water.
  • The sun gets to you. The heat makes you tired. You burn easily without SPF. As much as you try to avoid it, the sun will get to you. You will get your vitamin D dosage and get a slight tan, even if your only contact with the sun is hanging out laundry. You may feel like you need a nap during your day off as you have spent some time out in the heat. That is the way your body copes with heat and tries to keep itself cool.
  • Walking small distances can be a sweaty nightmare. I have done trips to the local shop – no more than 7 minutes of walking and when I get there, I find that the AC is the biggest blessing this country has! My face feels sweaty, my back feels sweaty – where is the ice cream?! I tend to leave the shop with a cold drink and ice cream that I did not plan to buy.
  • Speaking of walking, let’s speak about running. Before leaving Aberdeen, I upped my running game to 13k and managed to do it in 1hour and 16minutes. Now in the heat, I’m back at the bottom, starting from 2-3k. During a run, I constantly have to make sure my heart rate is fine, that I have enough water, that I drink enough water and that my head is not too hot from the sun. I have been running in the morning as it is cooler but I plan to try running at night when the sun is not up at all!
  • This weather, overall…It is good for your health! Sydney Epstein lists 5 reasons that warmth is good for your health. Firstly, you get more sunlight – this means more vitamin D for your body! Secondly, you will be more physical, the sun will motivate you to go out and do things, unless it is actually unbearable to stay outside, you will want to move! And when it is unbearably hot, you return to the pool! Thirdly, research shows that the heat improves your memory – so all my loved ones who are getting older, you better come and visit! Fourth, Sydney writes that death rates are lower in warmer climates (yay!). Lastly, hot weather is better for your heart and lungs… say that to my body when I try to run.
  • You will get used to it eventually. The weather is only unbearably hot for 3 months out of 12 months in Dubai. Your body gets used to it and 20 degrees in the winter will feel cold. I am just waiting for the day it will feel normal that my flipflops are melting in the sun!

 

I can’t wait until my friends and family come to visit and experience this all by themselves! Maybe not the melting flipflops…

Lots of love,

Triinu x


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