Tartu Spring Days

In the last few days the Tallinn and the rest of the country has calmed down and everythings back to order here. The night after the main riots the government locked down all public alcohol sales in tallinn and the greater area and the cops were fairly well prepared for any yobbos who tried to fire up again. Ive heard random reports of isolated violence from different cities but its usually nothing too much more than a bunch of Estonian kids duking it out with some Russian kids. Still the Government isnt taking it lightly and after banning alcohol sales in Tallinn they have not banned ALL public alcohol sales THROUGHOUT Estonia until ATLEAST the 3rd of May. There was a brief period before the ban was introduced and as you can imagine, the stores were packed and now the only place you can buy booze is at a cafe, the idea being theres still bar keeps there to make sure your in line. Ive noticed however this hasnt really stopped everyone drinking at home, most Estonians seem to have more than a bottle or two tucked away for such a rainy day.

Between the alcohol ban and the on off weather (20 degree one day, snowy the next) I think Student Days have been slightly more subdued than last year but still its been a massive event which can only be a credit to the organisers. Mud wrestling was AWESOME, truely a fine cultural activity. Yesterday I got involved in the "Culture Market" in the main sqaure which is a place for all the foreign students to make a presentation about their own country and since I know one of the organisers… it was up to me and one aussie guy who works at the university to hold down the fort for our great land… so what did we do? Well we eventually found one other random aussie bloke and we just grabbed the mic and got on stage for 5 minutes and crapped on together, told some jokes, some stories and tried to entertain the crowd and all in all, it went down ok. I miss being behind a microphone, when the crowd laughs at that joke you just made up on the spot, thats the best, the very best.

By Louis Zezeran

Louis Zezeran is an Australian Stand Up comedian and comedy promoter based in Tallinn, Estonia. 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

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