My Estonia

Canadian couple discovers Estonia’s “best kept secret”

“Estonia’s Best Kept Secret” is a road-trip story about a song, a country and a beautiful grand piano – and the winner of the third prize at EstDocs 2013, the annual Estonian documentary film festival and competition in Toronto. A few years ago, the Canadian couple, Mike Dell and Kimberly Bagayawa, became acquainted with Estonia …

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Viljandi hosts one of the largest folk music festivals in Europe – pictures

The Viljandi Folk Music Festival is an annual music festival in Estonia with a central focus on European folk music. It is traditionally held during the last weekend of July, when the otherwise quiet town of Viljandi is completely transformed as the small town centre is suddenly flooded with people. On average, over 200 performers …

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Lottemaa – the largest family theme park in the Baltic States to open in Estonia

There is Walt Disney’s original theme park Disneyland in southern California in the USA and in Paris in Europe, and Astrid Lindgren’s World – a theme park where children can meet Pippi Longstocking, Emil and Karlsson from the Roof – in Sweden. Finland, Estonia’s neighbour, has Moomin World, based on …

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VIDEO: Estonia charmingly presented on Eurosport

In connection with Rally Estonia 2014, a beautiful video postcard of Estonia was presented by FIA European Rally Championship and Visit Estonia. Featured also on Eurosport – a pan-European sports network – the video depicts beautiful scenes of the Estonian summer in its towns and countryside. Driven in the Otepää area in southern …

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Kilometre of Sculpture – Rakvere steps up with an ambitious art event

This summer, the premiere of one of Estonia’s most ambitious art events will not be found in Tallinn or Tartu, but in Rakvere. In addition to hosting the biannual Baltoscandal Theatre Festival, which draws thousands of theatre troupes and lovers from across Europe to the Estonian town, Rakvere will also …

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The 10 most photographed spots in Estonia (pictures)

Using crowdsourcing, the Estonian-founded Sightsmap.com lists the most photographed places in any country of the world. Based on the number of Panoramio photos taken at each place in the world and Foursquare check-ins, it estimates the sightseeing popularity of each spot. These are the top 10 most photographed places in …

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Lessons in Estonian culture for beginners #4: “Dark tourism” at the Patarei prison

Lisa and Kristen Dobbin are Estonian-Canadian sisters from Toronto. Last year, they relocated to Tartu to try and become a little more like their Estonian grandmother. This is the fourth part in their series of articles, “Lessons in Estonian culture for beginners”. The previous parts can be found here, here and here. Their photo …

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Estonia as a metaphor

Estonia. A small northerly precious Baltic gem, with beautiful scenery that would indelibly astonish you; picturesque coastal villages, woods, meadows, lakes, islands, and beautiful blond maidens… This is the package in one of the smallest countries in Europe. Metaphorically speaking, a visit to Estonia will leave you a moment of …

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My grandmother’s shoes, my grandfather’s hat – my rediscovery of Tartu

My grandparents grew up in Tartu, leaving after WWII to escape the Soviet occupation. This is a little story of  how I rediscovered the intellectual capital of Estonia. I was shocked when my Canadian university approved my visiting student application. To Tartu? Really? Many Canadians couldn’t even point to Estonia …

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Thoughts about Estonia from an Englishman’s perspective

At the forefront of the English persons outlook on life is to wonder what others think about what they do. I wouldn’t say that this is absent from a typical Estonian viewpoint, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be so important. To me this denotes a lack of insecurity, something that the …

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