The last few weeks in Tallinn have been great, the spring is well and truly here and it changes the place so much, the birds sing and sometimes, just occasionally, I even see Estonian people smile! Yes, its hard to believe but it happens. They weren’t even drunk either! Ive been out on my bike exploring Tallinn, from the lovely forests around Pirita, to the large ugly soviet style apartments of Lasnamäe, the weird lake side views of the oddly round Vaike-Öismäe and even Estonias biggest waterfall at Keila-Joa which falls a massive… 5 or 6 metres. its been good days.
I am really starting to call this city home, Ive got a great apartment, a stunning flatmate, some nice Kiisu and I meeting stacks of great people, from Estonians, to foreign students to new business partners. I like Tallinn, its small enough I can easily get outside of the city, I feel like I can get a grasp on the place. As for Estonia itself, I feel like I have barely scratched the surface. Its the sort of place you need to take the time for, if you rush through, you will miss all the really good parts.
Ive even been taking Estonian lessons and we have found out how terrible I really am at language. I think Im too much in love with English for all its rule-less structures but still, my teacher is lovely and extremely patient, which I am sure you will agree, is a necessary skill when dealing with me. I am making progress also, its a very rewarding experience. Just dont ask me to say something to you.
Still the road beckons me and by road I mean Malayasian Airlines because tonight Im on the ferry to Stockholm so tomorrow I can fly to Australia for 4 weeks! Woohoo! Im mixing business with pleasure and I cant wait to see everyone again. Its been a while and I need a new pair of Volleys.
So next update from abroad. Long time readers will know I love the ferry in warm weather, its a Monday night so probably no crazy parties but its good to sit out on the deck and watch the Baltic Sea go by and remember how three crazy Australians and 1 big white Volvo first made this trip 2 years ago and how little they knew what they were in for. Its still surreal to me to think about how we drove off the boat into Tallinn that day and now, all this time later, I live just down the road with a blondie and 2 cats.
Speaking of driving, I need a car when I get back too. Its not so professional to ride your bike to the Lawyers office you know.
Heres one for you, young lovers in the Estonian spring time!
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