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Tartu – Heade mõtete linn

Tere hommikust!

Or good morning from Tartu, the “city of good thoughts”! I just woke up in my new bed, which rarely fits my size 🙂 So far, I have spent around 24h in this city and I am feeling very confident that this place suits me fine.

As mentioned before, I call the half of a 16qm room my own, the other half is dedicated to Viljar, 25 who will my be roommate for the upcoming 5 months. We had beer shortly after I arrived, so things will turn out smoothly 😀 The remaining people of the appartement have not yet moved in, leaving the kitchen, toilet and shower to the two of us. However, due to a surplus of foreign students studying at Tartu Ülikool this year, Estonians were forced to be relocated to other student houses. Therefore the other 4 people in my appartement will most likely be foreigners, gossip goes around that 2 of them shall be Germans…

Anyways, I set up my housing contract and paid 800kr deposit. Unfortunately, I will have to wait about 3 days to get my internet connection fixed but since E-stonia is so IT-loving, I can get WI-FI access pretty much anywhere! So right now I am sitting in the kohvik Metro within walking distance from my dorm and type these words.

Since I still have two weeks left until my study starts, I will use this time to get myself familiar with both the city and the language. Right now, I can already order beer and coffee (essential being a student!) and I have made a long walk around the city centre and found interesting spots worth taking a picture, as soon as I got my memory card issue solved.

Okay, that’s all for now. Stay tuned and for all those who haven’t done the SOCIALVIBE activity on this blog: Give it a shot! It’s worth doing and will only take up 3 minutes 🙂

Arrival in Riga, Latvia: Hot, sweaty but boy, what a coffee!

Just landed in Riga, Latvia from where my journey to Estonia will continue. In Bremen, I had to pay the ridiculous amount of 50,00€ for the 6 kilograms I had packed extra 🙂 Flight was easy-going and now I am waiting inside the airport for my 12 o´clock coach towards Tallinn, Estonia`s sparkling capital, which will hold the title “European Capital of Culture” in 2011. In Tallinn I am planning to stay for two nights, eventually watching semi-pro European football and getting used to the country, culture and language.

But right now, I am simply enjoying a good mug of coffee, purchased with an excitingly new currencies (which name I have already forgotten!)

Update 1: Got on the coach at the bus station. Included in the fare is a bottle of water and studentu brokastis!

Update 2: Despite only being applicable to the taxis, but I feel quite “home” already: They have yellow license plates…

Update 3: Crossed the Latvian-Estonian border some minutes ago! Estonian border control checked our passports, so business as usual!

X minus 15 days: Estonia is calling for me!

Today is monday, which means I only have 15 days left in good ol’ Germany before my plane takes off for a great 5-months adventure in Tartu! Regardless to mention that I am a little nervous, since I have zero experiences with nor the country neither the broad Baltic region. Despite a language barrier (which I am confident to overcome with both English and a very basic Russian which shall be improved during the five months) it is the cultural differences that cause most uncertainties.

Just today, I have found the list of courses I am planning to follow. Now while not everything is super exciting to mention, I want to stress the fact that I am enrolled for the following course: Religion – a necessary good or evil influence on society. Sounds hot, hu!? In addition, the course Theory of ordinary behaviour sounds rather interesting as well.

However, I have a place fixed for the time being. It will cost approx. 90€ per month (which may eventually rise in January when the country gets the EURO) for a room of +-16qm. Well. these 16qm will be shared with another student 🙂 Nice and cozy! The (international) student house is located within walking distance from the main university buildings. While three rooms (so a maximum of 6 students!) share 1 kitchen and bathroom, a big café at the ground floor acts as a meeting point for all.

All in all, in case it has not become clear: I am so so so much looking forward to going there 😀