Here I’ll Stay.

I get questions all the time from people back at home in Estonia… Is Estonia no longer your home? Are you going to be British now? Are you ever going to come back to Estonia to live here permanently? It’s all a little bit weird for me because to me, Estonia is and always will be my home. It is where I grew up, it is where my family lives, it is the language I speak and it has made me the person I am today. Although I am currently living in the United Kingdom and it was my life-long dream, it doesn’t make Estonia and my family home any less my home.

When I was back at home in Estonia about a week ago, I went to the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration called Here I’ll Stay, which really made me proud of where I am from. It reminded me what our little country has gone through to be independent and what a big role every person in Estonia has had in this. Thousands of people singing and dancing together, laughing together. The rest of the world might see Estonians as quite ‘cold’ people but during that event, you could only feel warmth and love.

I’ll always be proud of where I’m from. And one day I’d love to move back to my little country again after travelling the rest of the world. And then I can say ‘Here I’ll stay’.

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– Helina x

Here I’ll Stay.

Top Three 2017 Events You Must Go To!

Hey, everyone! Hope you’re all doing amazing! I recently got tickets to an awesome event happening in summer 2017 and I thought this would be the perfect time to recommend some fun events to go to.

1. Weekend Festival Baltic (Northern Europe)

This is the biggest festival in Northern Europe. It has a huge production and over 50 world-famous DJ’s performing every single year. It takes place in Sweden (Stockholm), Finland (Helsinki) and Estonia (Pärnu) usually at the beginning of August. Since I’m from Estonia, I went to the Estonian Weekend Festival for the second year in a row in 2016. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life. If you like dancing on the beach to the most awesome music without any care in the world, this is the place for you. No negativity, no stress, no worries, just dance, music, happiness and freedom. It’s a perfect way to end the summer.

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2. Summer in The City (United Kingdom)

This is the UK’s largest online video event. It takes place in London at the beginning of August, just like Weekend Festival. This is also the reason why I’m going to have to skip Weekend Festival in 2017 (which I feel SO sad about), because since I’ve now joined the YouTube community, I want to see what it’s like in the industry. The first day is for the creators and the rest of the weekend is for everyone – this includes performances, different planes from professional YouTubers etc. So if you’re someone interested in blogging/vlogging, definitely take a look at this event! Tickets are now on sale so go grab yours.

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3. Positivus Festival (Latvia)

This is a three-day summer and culture festival held in Latvia. This includes various ranges of music: folk, pop, electronic, indie etc. Anything you can think of. So if Weekend Festival’s dance music isn’t really for you, there’s definitely something there for you at Positivus Festival. The event takes place in July so even if you want to go to both the Weekend Festival and this, you are definitely able to.

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Of course there are many other huge and amazing events such as Coachella, but I thought these were the three worth mentioning as I am planning to go to these in the future! Hopefully this got you thinking about summer instead of all the assignment deadlines haha! Stay smiling.

– Helina x

Top Three 2017 Events You Must Go To!