Tuesday, 19 September 2017
The Estonia 100 logo symbolises one hundred years of being independent, and we can all contribute to the celebrations. Simply choose your favourite picture and use it to design your own personal Estonia 100 logo. It's easy!
You can design your own personalised logo here: EV 100 logo design
Above is my design featuring the fabric from Nõo parish (where my family are from).
The Republic of Estonia will celebrate its 100th anniversary on the 24th February 2018. To mark the occasion Kalev chocolates have released a collection of sweet treats bearing the EV100 logo. Kalev is Estonia's oldest and most famous chocolate maker. No Estonian party is complete without a bit of Kalev!
For more information, please click here: Kalev EV100 chocolates
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
For my summer holiday this year I decided to travel to beautiful Polska! My brother has been living in Krakow for the past two years and has found himself a nice Polish girlfriend and a good circle of international friends and so I thought it was time to go and see them. After a brief trip in the former capital last year, I wanted to stay a bit longer in Poland this time so we decided to rent a lovely holiday cottage in picturesque Murzasichle. Murzasichle is a two hour drive from Krakow and only 15 minutes away from beautiful Zakopane. What a great week I had!
My brother has found a new home for himself in Poland. What began as a holiday travelling across Europe has turned into a permanent base. Earlier this year he started a hospitality business that has gone from strength to strength. I am very proud of him. I especially love how he has incorporated the colours of the Estonian flag into his logo!
I have visited Poland several times but one place I have been eager to explore is Zalipie. It's a charming village in South-Eastern Poland that is renown for its folk art buildings. It's not a place you come to by chance however, you have to be quite deliberate about getting there as its deep in the Polish countryside. I really enjoyed the one and a half hour drive from to Zalipie from Krakow. I passed by so many beautiful houses along the way with immaculately kept gardens. I was impressed!
The Zalipie folk art tradition started over a century ago, when every single female resident in the village begun to paint her home with floral motives, as a means to cover up particular faults. Cute!
Beautiful folk art!
Even the simpliest of things are made to look beautiful.
As a predominantly Catholic country, Poland has many beautiful churches.
Several of them in the Murzasichle area are made from wood.
Prior to arriving in Murzasichle I had no idea there was a seperate ethnic group living in Poland called the Goral people. They are known to be very good at woodwork and have a distinct folk costume. The Gorals operate the horse and carriage rides in Zakopane and one of their specialities is the production of 'oscypki', a smoked cheese that can be found practically everywhere. It's absolutely delicious!
My Polish home for a week.
This house design is typical for the area and is known as a 'domek'.
There are few cultural similarities between Estonia and Poland. Apart from the bus stops having the same blue signs, occasionally I would come across a house that vaguely resembled an Estonian one in terms of paint colour or window design. Both countries share a love for wooden houses, but unfortunately they don't all withstand the elements. During my trips into Zakopane I saw many houses with fire damage.
A popular tourist spot that is great to visit in both summer and winter.
All the goodies I brought home with me.
Beautiful folk art is one of favourite things!
So what's next on the agenda? My brother and I are both going home to Australia for Christmas. It's been a while since the family has all been together and I can't wait ti see all my nieces and nephews again. After that, it be time to head back to Eesti for EV100 - can't wait!
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Thursday, 31 August 2017
With celebrations already underway for the 100th birthday of the Estonian Republic, I thought I should get myself organised and book my flight to Tallinn for the big day on February 24! I know it's only August but I have to be realistic, flights will only become more expensive as time goes by and good accommodation will most definitely become scarce. Now I can relax knowing everything has been taken care of.
I arrive on February 22nd which is an important date for me, it's my grandmother's birthday amongst other things. One thing I am particularly looking forward to during my next trip to Estonia is exploring the new Estonian National Museum in Tartu. Judging by the photographs I have seen online the exhibitions look absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to see them for myself!
No trip to Estonia is ever complete without bringing home at least half a dozen loaves of delicious rye bread. It's sacred to all Estonians! Let's see how many loaves I manage to fit into my suitcase this time! I'm striving for 10+!
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
The Estonian Stress Buster is on a mission to help stressed-out people across Europe with the awesome power of pure nature. Using facial recognition technology he identifies stressed out individuals and employs the sounds of nature and a pop-up forest to bust their stress. For the permanent cure, the Estonian Stress Buster sends people on a trip to Estonia!
Great ideas keep coming out of Estonia! I love it!