Trip to Estonia
Just came back from a three day trip to Estonia, visiting mostly the capital and its outskirts. This Baltic state holds the EU presidency from 04/07/2017 till 31/12/2017 at a time when there is no shortage of crises. Then again, I can hardly remember a time when there was no crisis in the EU.
Estonia is home to just 1,3 million people, most of them quite lovely (there is alway exceptions). They speak Estonian, which has 14 cases and is therefore one of the most difficult languages in Europe. Only Finnish is supposed to be more difficult. They are very avid users of all things digital and one of the frontrunners in Europe. They even have paperless cabinet meetings.
The capital city, Talinn has a splendid Old town, full of souvenirs from hanseatic times, combined with some Russian influences.
The other thing that they are known for is nature. With almost everyone in the capital and some of the other cities there is an abundance of forests and inhabited islands. In fact they have so much coastline that every Estonian has two meters of it. I didn't see any of the wildlife they have but I did encounter other products of the forste, namely the berries. Everywhere we went there were berries on offer, raw or integrated in other food.
I did however get a chance to see some of the coastline when we went on an outing to the seaside. We watched sea rescue dogs in action. What I retain from the demonstration is that you are perfectly safe in Estonia if you fall overboard and you are an orange carrot shaped person of about 20 cm.
Luckily enough I also had a chance to watch and photograph some of the splendid scenery. You'll find some examples below.