Before leaving the Netherlands, there was another must see attraction I needed to check off my list. That was the cute little windmill village Zaanse Schans. If the weather would have been beautiful on the day we went there, we would have seen views like this : Unfortunately, on the day we made the trip it was pouring rain non-stop. I just wanted to show off some of my new photoshop skills and pretend it was sunny. I’m still going to be honest with you and keep the rest of the photos cloudy as it was. You can’t control the weather when you travel and you should not let the weather control your trip either. Sometimes cloudy and rainy pictures can turn out even nice and add a little mysterious tone on them. And you still leave with a new experience. Despite the weather, there were very many people at the site. The restaurant had a half an hour waiting list and when taking pictures, constantly people photobombed them. The village was so cute! I cannot understand how some people live there surrounded by windmills and loads of tourists passing by every day. I would […]
I have visited Utrecht before, but never as a traveller only for business or school. I have seen the city only briefly, but never discovered it. My friends came to visit me in Amsterdam and this was a perfect chance to take a one day trip to Utrecht. To get out of Utrecht central station is a challenge. You walk thousands of kilometres before you find your way out to the centre. After you pass through the train and tram platforms the rows of shops start and never end. I guess that’s why people suggest doing some shopping in Utrecht because you have never-ending choices of shops before you even get to the city. Then there are a lot more shops in the city centre. When you finally get out of the station, the city does remind you a lot of Amsterdam, but slightly smaller and slightly less crowded. You have a very similar view on the canals and houses, but it looks tidier. Dom Tower The first thing we did was visiting the Dom Tower. This is the highest church tower in the whole country, with the height of 112,5 meters. You have to climb […]
Five years have passed by in Amsterdam and it is time to seek for another adventure. I have checked off graduating University on my life list, learned some languages, met so many interesting people and discovered myself. I cannot be more happy about my decision to study in Amsterdam. I feel like I have grown so much wiser, gained so much experience in all sorts of areas and am so much more open than I used to be. Even though I am happy i have lived here, I do think the city is not for me to settle down. I decided to write some thoughts on Amsterdam, some prettier and some not so pretty, before leaving. The good stuff. It’s one hell of a culture pot. This is probably the one thing I like the most about Amsterdam. There are so many different people living here and I think it is wonderful. It really opens your mind to see how other people think and see the world. One thing is that there are so many nationalities, but also so many colourful people with crazy life stories or lifestyles that I could not even imagine […]
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 […]
I’m back in Estonia! It’s so good to be home, especially when it is much warmer here than in Amsterdam. I stumbled upon my family’s old photo albums and found some funny travel pictures. I started travelling already at a young age and fell in love with it. I decided I will share a few of those old photos to show where I have been as a kiddo, way before I could blog about it. The Chinese Wall. I climbed it when I was twelve years old. We went there in March 2005, and I bet there were a lot fewer people then. I have seen the photos taken now and it looks chaotic. Mass tourism really ruins places. I don’t know why I look so serious in the photo. Must have been a looooong walk. Of course, I bought some fake brand sneakers in Beijing. They were too cheap and there were too many choices. It was a must. The next picture is taken in Morocco that I visited in 2006. I went to Agadir and Marrakech. When I went there with school last year, I visited some of the same spots again. Morocco […]
There are a few places in Amsterdam with a great view of the city. One of them is the Volkshotel, which is a new and very hip hotel. It has a rooftop restaurant also some hot tubs on the roof and sometimes they organise interesting events, rooftop cinema nights for instance. I have been wanting to visit the place for a while. I went there with my friend recently to enjoy the food and see the view. The food was good, but nothing too special but I really liked the place itself. Besides the view, the hotel seemed really cool, had a young atmosphere and it has a good location to the city. Very artistic and creative place. I did not take any pictures of the hotel itself, but I will share some of the cloudy Amsterdam.
Being not very widely known nationality, it is such fun to see my fellow countrymen in international television or infamous shows. Here is a clip of a crazy Estonian acrobat auditioning in America’s Got Talent.
I have never been to a huge concert to see a big star performing before. This time, I had the chance to go see Rihanna ANTI world tour in Amsterdam. She was performing at the huge football stadium. I was so excited and did not know what to expect. I and my friend arrived a little later so we missed the Weekend’s performance. The Weekend and Big Sean were the warming up performers. After Big Sean, we were waiting for Rihanna. We kept looking at the stage and suddenly people started screaming. She arrived from a different entrance. She looked so tiny from where I was sitting. Her voice was beautiful and she put on a great show. As I was hoping for, Rihanna also sang some of her older songs and not only from the new album. I loved the moment when it was getting darker and she asked everybody to turn on their flashlights and then the whole stadium lit up and looked like a sky full of shining stars. And then she started singing: “Shine bright like a diamond.” At some moment during the show, I felt so small. She is only a […]