After learning about the likes of Lenin and walking on water like another great saviour of the ages, things are starting to slow down, the days are becoming less involved and im starting to unwind. Its been a crazy-assed month for me, I started all the way over in Germany and ended up at the top of Finland and was moving on almost every two days.
As a result, in stuffed. Knackers. Worn out. Kaput. Exhausted. Kurnatud. Buggered. Right now I can well and truly say I have reached my limited, Ive seen more, partied harder, met more people and learnt far more than I ever could have imagined and Im happy to sit down and have somewhere to call my own…. almost.
Im waiting on the Swedes to issue me with a work visa and to do this you have to be outside of Sweden, so what better place to hang out than your favourite ex soviet country and mine… Estonia! Im not sure how long the work visa will take to get, it might be weeks but at this rate thats not too much of a problem for me…
I refer you back to this blog post http://www.eurotrip2006.com/euro/index.php?id=148 from last year where i refer to Tartu as "the happiest town in the world" but I end it with a "for now.." Well I can say that after touring Europe, this is still one of my favourite places to come, Ive been back here more times than I can count and now I really feel at home in this place. I know the cubs, the places to eat and I can go to the supermarket and see people I know. Now THIS rocks.
So if my work visa DOES take a few extra weeks to come through Ill just have to stay here for Student Days! This is the biggest student festival of the year and this is what we stumbled upon when we first came here last year. its kind of like o-week in australia but without things like "rules" or "ohs standards". Birdman competitons, blind dates, beer crate stacking competitions, beer factory tours, ladies mud wrestling and drunken students selling home made crap from their room is all part of the traditions here and its a fantastic time. I cant wait to get another photo with the yellow mascot guy, Villem either!
To get you in the vibe, heres a clip from "biggest rock and roll band in all of estonia" Tanel Padar and the Sun and their most well known song "Welcome to Estonia". Yes theres only 3 words in the whole song Engish speakers can understand. That actually brings the total to about 7 words on the entire album I can understand, still doesnt stop me listening to it everyday. ROCK.
So the days are good here, we hit the club, we hit the waterpipe and watch the sun go down over the ghetto apartments each afternoon. Soon its Sweden but right now this place is my own.
Heres Tartu on the map, is the second biggest city in Estonia and thought of as the cultural capital because its a huge university town.
He was the co-founder of Comedy Estonia, Comedy Finland and Comedy Latvia. Louis writes, does gigs and performs at private events through the Baltics and Finland