The Estonian Government recently announced it has gone live with VaccineGuard to support the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secure Vaccination Certificates, issued through the VaccineGuard platform for international travel are available immediately enabling Estonia citizens to cross borders with proof of vaccination status. The platform is based on a year long collaboration with the Estonian, Hungarian, and Icelandic Governments, the World Health Organisation and AstraZeneca Estonia.
Sunday, 2 May 2021
Thursday, 22 April 2021
With the recent funeral of Prince Philip it made think about longevity, death, the people I have loved and lost. My grandfather Alexander was born the same year as Phillip (1921) and how wonderful it would have been to see him live into his nineties. Sadly, my grandfather passed away in 1978 at age 58.
I have always felt particularly drawn to cemeteries. It is the one place you can go to, to be near deceased loved ones. Many times while I've been in Estonia, I've visited the final resting place of family members. They can be found at Kadrina, the Metsakalmistu in Tallinn and Kopli cemetery. For me, Kopli cemetery is quite a sad place as I have no way of knowing where my family are located.
Kopli cemetery was Estonia's largest Lutheran Baltic German cemetery. It was built in 1772 and contained thousands of graves of prominent citizens of Tallinn. During the 1950s the occupying Soviet authorities decided to destroy the cemetery. It was completely flattened, headstones were removed and turned into building materials. When families discovered this had taken place, they were left absolutely distraught. The final resting place of their loved ones has been desecrated.
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Thursday, 15 April 2021
It was my birthday recently and one of the gifts I received was 'The Last Train From Estonia' by Jaak Jurison. I enjoy reading Estonian literature, both fact and fiction, and pleased with the ever expanding list of titles in my collection. Jaan Kross is one of my favourite Estonian authors and I have been eagerly awaiting the release of A Book of Falsehoods : Between Three Plagues Volume 3 (translated into English) but the release date keeps getting delayed. I will have to wait until August 2022 to read it.