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

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Here I’ll Stay.

Happy Easter: Estonian Edition!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your Easter holidays as much as I am! It’s so nice to be home surrounded by my family and feeling so loved and giving just as much love back. This Thursday we prepared for Easter! We decorated the house just a little bit and got the eggs ready for the morning. The tradition is to have a little competition in the evening to see whose egg cracks first by hitting them against each other. Sounds a bit weird and a bit crazy but also so much fun haha. This year I’m lucky enough to spend Easter with my mum, dad and my boyfriend – all together in Estonia. Instead of writing a massive blog post about our Easter here, I’ll show you it all in pictures. After this, go spend time with your family and tell them you love them and have the best Easter of your life.

– Helina x

Happy Easter: Estonian Edition!

Quiet Summer? Explore Estonia!

Have no plans for the summer? How about exploring Estonia? Estonia is a part of the Baltic States (which includes Latvia and Lithuania). Before I moved to England I saw it just as a tiny country that wasn’t anything special but now that I spend most of my life in England, every time I go back it feels like a holiday. I seem to appreciate everything I used to take for granted so much more. This summer I’m definitely going back to my home country again to explore the small yet amazingly beautiful country that I still call my home. I thought I’d share my all-time favourite places in Estonia with you, some might be common to tourists and some you might not even think of so here we go! (P.S. return flights start from 20 pounds in summer time so it’s definitely a bargain you do not want to miss).

1. Pärnu Beach

Yup, a beach. It’s pretty much an essential for summer time. I absolutely love the beach in my home town Pärnu. It’s a sandy beach, which I prefer so much more than the pebble beaches here in England. There’s just something about walking around in warm sand with a nice cool breeze going through your hair. Plus, we have cute little beach huts that sell cocktails, ice-cream, burgers, fries and pretty much anything you can think of. That’s why most people spend the whole day there! It’s also really nice to go there just for a walk even when it’s not summer time. There are nature trails looking over the seafront and you can even spot some cows. Pretty much my favourite place in Estonia. Also, it’s where the Weekend Festival takes place, which is my favourite festival ever (read my blog post about it all here). If you’d rather watch a little video about our little cycling trip around the seafront of Pärnu, click here!

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2. Tolkuse Raba

This is a swamp / nature trail right outside of Pärnu and it is basically the most magical place ever. Every time I go back home, I end up going there because it is so beautiful, no matter the weather or the season. I’ve taken all my friends there who have visited me from England and they are just in love with the place as I am. My favourite time to go there is when the sun is just about to set. One of the most beautiful sights in the world so I wouldn’t miss it if I were you.

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3. Tallinn’s Old Town / Viewing Platform

I absolutely love going to the Old Town in Tallinn. It’s like the time had stopped there and it has been kept as medieval as it was once upon a time. There’s so many various restaurants offering traditional Estonian cuisines, even vegan / vegetarian ones! I would definitely also visit one of the viewing platforms to see the overview of the old town and the pretty little rooftops. It’s hard to put into words how beautiful it is there and how different it is from everything else so I think it’s best to show you in pictures… If you’d like to see it in video, here’s a little vlog I filmed last time I went to Tallinn with my British boyfriend Kieran OR a video I made from the time I went to Tallinn with my family!

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4. Alpaca Farm

This. Place. Is. So. Cute! If you’re an animal lover like me then this place will be heavenly for you! I absolutely love everything about it. Alpacas are the most adorable things in the world and you can feed them, hug them, cuddle them and just spend time with them. They’re the softest little things I have ever seen. The place is owned by the loveliest people who tell you everything about how they started and also about the alpacas! Also, there are lots of goats who I completely fell in love with! Who knew goats could be so cute, I honestly didn’t. There was this one tiny goat baby that refused to let me leave by trying to stand on my feet every time I tried to go haha! Definitely visit them if you’re going to Estonia!

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This (unfortunately) is all I have time to talk to you guys about today! But I am going to Estonia in a few days so another blog post of the hidden gems of Estonia might be coming your way soon. Until then, I hope you’re already looking for flight tickets to Tallinn.

– Helina x

 

Quiet Summer? Explore Estonia!