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2.8.2012 | Editorial

Happy endings

Happy endings

Happy endings

As I write this I am sitting on a bus on my way to Tartu enjoying the free wireless internet access I now so often take for granted. It’s truly remarkable, considering that in 1980 only half of the population had a phone line. Driving through Estonia in summer I am reminded of my first visit in the 1990s, when I travelled with my grandparents through their homeland. We took a bus from Tallinn to Tartu and did not even get a seat. Tickets had been sold for the route until there literally wasn’t an inch of room to move. Estonia was different then. Fifteen years later I see what this country has accomplished in such a short time, and see the great Estonia my grandparents talked about, just with internet.

August 20 will mark 21 years since the restoration of independence for Estonia. There will be concerts all over the country including The Song of the Free People in Kuressaare. While August marks the end of summer in Estonia, there is still plenty to see and do before the weather cools down. In this issue, read about the road to independence and the Occupations Museum. We have a guide to the must-see sights of Tallinn, and a self guided tour along the road to Pirita. Visit Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island and Kuressaare. On the last Saturday in August say goodbye to summer on the night of the ancient bonfires, an Estonian tradition that honours the end of summer, an enchanting end to this enchanting time of year.

Happy travels, Kristina Lupp

1.6.2017 | Editorial

Fire-jumping and white nights

Fire-jumping and white nights

If you happen to be in Tallinn for Midsummer, you’ll notice that there aren’t many Estonians around. Midsummer or St … Read more

2.5.2017 | Editorial

Summer in the city, and in the countryside

Summer in the city, and in the countryside

Summer creeps up on us slowly here in Estonia, so slowly in fact, that we’re never quite sure when the … Read more

3.4.2017 | Editorial

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

Ah, the smell of spring in the air! Longer days, more sunshine, and the anticipation of summer being just around … Read more

2.3.2017 | Editorial

The spring spirit

The spring spirit

You might say spring is in the air, but not because of the weather, because of the upcoming events this … Read more

31.1.2017 | Editorial

Winter is in full swing

Winter is in full swing

While winter is far from over and it will still be some time before we see any signs of spring, … Read more

3.1.2017 | Editorial

Let it snow!

Let it snow!

While we haven’t been blessed with much snow over the past years, as I write this I have my fingers … Read more

1.11.2016 | Editorial

The sights and  smells of the holidays

The sights and smells of the holidays

If there’s one consolation to the long dark nights and short gloomy days of autumn, it’s that you know Christmas … Read more

1.11.2016 | Editorial

An Estonian Christmas

An Estonian Christmas

Estonian Christmas is a mixture of traditional and modern, a combination of cultures and cuisines. The many occupations of Estonia … Read more