Saturday, May 19, 2012

Springtime in Estonia

Tonight I completed one of my exchange goals.

There I was, walking home at approximately midnight, when I started thinking, "I have done so much this year... but what else do I still want to do and see?"
I remembered reading about all the wildlife of Estonia, and how it's one of the most forested countries in Europe. I remembered reading about moose, wolves, bears, foxes... but there was one animal, above all the others, that I had hoped to see.

As I continued walking, I realized I probably would never see that animal, and that I was out of luck. My time had run out. So, I despairingly rounded the corner to walk down my street and, to my surprise, there, standing proudly in the middle of the road, was...

...a European Hedgehog.

Thus I can die happy.


In other news...

On the third of June I'll be heading to Turku, Finland to start the infamous Eurotour. Eighty-six exchangers take part in this 2.5-week trip through central Europe.
We will start in Turku (about seven hours north by ferry and bus from Tartu) and take an overnight cruise to Stockholm, Sweden. There we have a few hours, after which we'll head by ferry to Copenhagen, Denmark. Then begins the long, long bus ride... We'll be driving through Bremen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Grenoble, Nice, Monaco, Verona, Venice, Innsbruck, Nuremberg and Berlin.
Then we'll all fly back to Helsinki and head to our respective host cities.

In total we'll be visiting nine countries! (Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Monaco, Italy, Austria)

Of course, look forward to many pictures when I get back in mid-June. I'll have about two weeks left in Estonia after I get back from Eurotour... I'm officially flying back to the US on July 3.


The sun was shining today so I decided to dust off my macro lens and play around with it again:

Alas, a measly beetle was the only insect I could find...


  1. I really enjoy your photographs! Good job:)

  2. I always get excited when I see you have a new post up because I know it means some awesome photography! Great job, and have fun on the Eurotrip. Too bad you're not going to Antwerp - the best icecream IN THE WORLD is there~

    1. Haha, thanks! :)
      I have heard good things about Antwerp! Too bad we are only spending a few hours in Belgium....