Thursday, January 26, 2012

Külm ilm? Tere tulemast Eestis!

Cold weather? Welcome to Estonia!

So far this year I've been pretty lucky in terms of avoiding cold weather. In fact, the weather here in Tartu has been rather mild, considering the fact that there is usually snow by late November and that this year the first real snowfall only just appeared this month. Granted, there's not that much snow (maybe eight inches or so), but that's still enough to be a pain in the tagumik to walk home through.

Speaking of which, I moved to my second host family this month, and now I live about 10 minutes (by bus) from the center and school. After school I take a free bus from the city center to Lõunakeskus (a giant shopping mall) and then walk across a field to get to my cluster of houses. Actually, I technically live outside of Tartu now, but only by a few meters or so.

Around 2:30 p.m. and the sun is already setting...

Two paths diverged in a white field, and I-
I took the one on the left.

Living farther away from school has certainly changed my schedule though. Now that I can't walk, I have to either take a bus or drive. And since I'm not allowed to drive, I have to be driven. Oh how I miss automatic transmissions and having my driver's license actually be useful!

Taking the city bus (or public transportation in general) is something I've never really had experience with before. In Peterborough, we don't have these newfangled devices... And the first time I took the bus, I didn't have my bus legs yet, so it was a bit difficult to keep from falling over. Now, I have become a professional buswalker (Estonian = bussijalutaja) and am not even tempted to sit in open seats. Tubli.

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