One Estonian thoughts about Estonia (and Estonians)
I’m going through photos from this year holiday to Estonia. Here are just some random thoughts with some photos:
- Until I moved to UK I never lived further than 500 meter from the sea. I always feel home, when I can see and feel seaside. Being of 2 fisherman’s granddaughter I love fish and seafood. In Estonia you don’t have to break a bank to eat fish daily and we estonians are not picky what kind of fish we eating (always have black rye bread with it! ….with everything really 🙂 )
- You can easily find affordable meals in pubs and it doesn’t mean everything deep-fried. This big plate cost around £5 and you get 1/3 plate of different veg and pickles and 90% of cases you get sour cream-mayo sauce with your food – very Estonian!
- My hometown Pärnu has lovely sandy beach – my favorite place, with seawater temperatures reaching more than 20 degrees and it’s shallow, which is brilliant with small kids but takes you ages to get far enough for swim.
- Porridge in Estonia is not just your everyday oats. You get all aisle in the shop with lots of different grains. My favorite this summer was four grain porridge (contains rye, oats, wheat and barley)
- The market at my hometown means seasonal affordable food from local farms, gardens and forests. We are lucky to live just 5 minutes walk away from the market, so I was regular shopper every morning. The meat counter is just amazing – you can buy every bit of animal, nothing is wasted and you can even get free fresh bones for dogs. Lonni was very happy about it!
- I just love my home in Pärnu, it’s often full of my friends and family and there is no need to call before, just pop in, when we are home our door is always open and there is always reason to open bottle of wine.
- Freshly smoked bacon and chanterelle from local forest – my favorite and so affordable!
- Estonians love fresh herbal teas – they are always foraging and preparing for the long cold winter.
- In Estonia you can buy watermelons size of a beach ball 🙂 and they are so sweet and juicy!
- My favorite place to enjoy sunset – Pärnu Yacht club – open to everyone for food, wine or live music. And great place to see the sunset.
- Cake for breakfast is considered acceptable in Estonia – one of my favourite kind of breakfasts!
- Estonians are very proud of their food and you can dine in countless fancy food places in Estonia, which might not be so affordable else where. Although it’s about to change and prices seem to be catching up with UK.
- My home town have 2 km long mole and you can walk on it- no health and safety to stop you slip on the slippery stone. You do have to use your common sense.
- Most Estonians know places to have a wild swim, meaning it’s not publicly open swimming area.
- Those black rye garlic breads are must and those are only kind of rye bread my children love. Always accompanied with sour cream-mayo-garlic dip.
- Estonians love house and flat parties. They are quite low-key but so much fun and always include lovely food and lots of drinks.
- In Estonia you never know where you end up sending your day away. Your friends usually know fantastic secluded places to watch most amazing sunsets. You definitely wont find those places in guidebooks.
- Estonians are very keen foragers and there are variety of mushrooms and berries you can find everywhere.
- Estonians love music and singing and learning an instrument or singing is easily accessible and taught at very high standards from very early age. This is my best friend super talented son, only 15 (16 now) years old.
- Those ring donuts have been around since I went to school and the café near my school has been run by same ladies who did it 35 year ago in Soviet time (whoops, did I say 35? I’m not so old)
- Estonians love their salads dressed richly with sour cream and mayonnaise sauce and I love it!!
- Estonians are very proud gardeners and most of the gardens are immaculate and quite big compared to standard UK gardens.
- Estonians love making cakes and they are very creative. This tart has been made from biscuits! It’s very original and I haven’t come across anywhere else. And it’s contains quark (lots of it!) so high in protein. Healthy pudding or what!
- Summers in Estonia are unpredictable you can get +25 heat and then it drop to 15 degrees. So be prepared for anything!
- Estonians might come across as serious and not very open at first, but once, when you make a friend with them, they always ready to help you.
Miss you my friends and fam! xxx