One day my awesome friend decided to visit me in Estonia. Since it was a weekend trip, I thought it is best to spend it in Tallinn. There is more to do in the capital and then we can both be tourists. I do not know my way around Tallinn and I always need to use google maps or ask for directions. Thus, it was a little domestic trip for me. Independence day When she arrived, Estonia was celebrating Independence Day. I took her to a nice homey restaurant called the Granny’s Place to enjoy some local food and made her eat our famous blood sausages. Afterward, we strolled around the city but because it was cold and dark it was best to leave the city tour for the next day. There was a small parade too, in the city, with people quietly walking in a row holding torches. I started to question my culture. My friend was wondering why it is so quiet during the Independence Day. Later that night we went to a bar and met a group of British bachelors and they asked me the same question and why are people […]
And here we go, a new baby of my newest hobby is born. I have put together yet another video of some nice spots in Estonia. While I am still home, why not do some domestic travel and capture it, right? So without further ado, I now present you my latest video. Enjoy 🙂
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll For a while now I have been residing back at my homeland. Finishing some unfinished businesses and some free time has given me a good opportunity to explore the nature in my country. The winter here can be pretty beautiful but freezing. I missed experiencing a proper winter while being abroad for so long. After a long time, I could feel how -20 C (-4F) degrees feels on my skin. It’s not very fun and the best is to stay indoors by the fireplace, but it does create beautiful art outdoors. Windows are getting painted by Jack Frost and the trees are wearing white coats. I have been practicing a new hobby and have put together a video of a frosty Estonian winter. I hope you enjoy it!
Seems like every summer one some attraction becomes very popular in Estonia and every single person has to go there. Last summer Rummu, the Soviet time prison turned into a beach, was the must see place. Because I am rarely home, I feel like I should follow the trends. What else have I going on at home anyway? This summer my Facebook feed was full of pictures of bog hikes. I and my mom were planning to go to a spa, so I cleverly added a nearby bog into our route. We went to Meenikunno bog. From the looks of it, it does not appear very interesting. Some flat land with a path in the middle. Actually, the whole landscape is very mushy and you cannot walk on most spots because you will sink in deep and it is hard to get out. And no one knows where the bottom in all that flora and water is. Due to that, you need either a guide or somebody strong to pull you out, if you would like to jump into that mess. Later on, the trail in the bog ended and another one started in the […]
And once again I arrived home. Before starting my adventurous life I definitely wanted to go home first to see my friends and family. This time, I had to pack everything with me since I was permanently moving out of Amsterdam. Ooh, how I hate moving. You will find out how many useless things you have collected over the years. I donated and sold a bunch of things before moving out and still I had too many things. When I went to Schiphol airport to catch my flight to Estonia, I looked ridiculous. First let me mention that against the odds on that day in both cities, in Amsterdam and Tallinn, the weather decided to be fabulously hot with 30 degrees outside. Seeing that I had too many things that did not fit into my luggage I was forced to wear my spring/autumn jacket, my summer jacket, my favourite super warm sweater and my floppy hat. Like this, I was walking around with my check in luggage, my hundred kilos weighing backpack and my purse. I looked so stupid that at the security gate for the first time I had to unpack literally […]
Here we go, the pictures of the first wedding I have ever been to. I did not really know what to expect not only because I have never been to one, but also each wedding is different. The wedding started off with a ceremony in the church and continued with the celebrations that were held in Taagepera castle. The whole wedding was very active, full of fun games and entertainment, so even my non-Estonian speaking boyfriend could enjoy. Some games were only for the couple, for instance sending off the wife’s maiden name and games to see how well they know and agree with each other , other games included only the guests. Many guests received tasks to do throughout the wedding. I was the “dance kitty” and my responsibility was that people would be dancing the whole night. Others were responsible that people will drink enough during the wedding, there was a thief to steal other people’s belongings, there were the replacement wedding couple in case the newlyweds need a rest and much more. Lastly, multiple famous Estonian artists came to perform. The next day I could feel it in my body that we had […]
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” As I promised I will tell you about my little trip to Estonia. After being together for more than four years, it was about time for my boyfriend to see where I am from. I don’t know how come this did not happen earlier. Better late than never, right? I was very nervous for some reason. I believe I was a lot more nervous than he was meeting my family and friends. I was also scared for the language barrier but he told me that all he needs is the sauna and to play with my dog. That put a little pressure off my shoulders that if that’s all he gets he will be happy. Of course, I offered more. I came some days earlier than he to do my usual errands like the dentist, banking and other stuff. He arrived just in time for my uncle’s birthday party. Luckily that day the weather was wonderful! My uncle lives a little outside the city and has a large land where he has a humble house, with a spot for a […]
I’ll share some photos of my visit to Estonia at times when it wasn’t raining. In the beginning of my trip the weather was beautiful, but shortly turned into a massive storm and it rained heavily. Me and my boyfriend, who visited Estonia for the first time, were visiting the Toome hill when suddenly heavy storm broke down. We were trying to hide under a tree and then made a run to a nearby hotel to get some cover. Flood was everywhere and we were completely wet. It was crazy: many cars lost their licence plates while driving through the flood, a tennis court that was located down a hill got damaged by the dirt pouring down on it, two boats on a lake needed rescue and one of the boats completely drowned after the people got out, even the shopping malls had many problems like water all over the floors and one parking lot was closed down due to excessive water. I haven’t witnessed any storm like this before. Luckily, there were also some beautiful moments and some sun too. I’ll add some pictures first and then I will tell you all about my […]
Traditionally, I went home for Christmas. Just for five days, which was too short and I am sad that it was so short but better than nothing. Home visits have certain mandatory routines, especially during Christmas. You see the family and friends. You eat. Then eat again and then eat few more times during the same day and then again the next day. Eat, sleep, repeat. Too bad there was no snow. During this whole winter, I did not even see snow. Maybe it will still come? I also tested my new camera lens for the first time and in the dark again, which is way harder. I realised that photography is not easy at all, especially if you want to make great photos. I also need to learn photoshop. Sometimes I wish I would have started all the hobbies in the world when I was three years old and now I would be extremely skilful. Anyhow, here are some more pictures. “Dear Santa, I am Karine Khachatryam. Please give me a walkie-talkie for Christmas. Thank you.” I never know how to end my blog posts. […]
Hey there! I have managed to put together a video clip of my trip back at home. Make sure to watch it in HD and enjoy! Home sweet home from Agnes Aasmaa on Vimeo.